With scams like the one cited above becoming more and more prevalent, consumer education is of utmost importance when it comes to preventing fraud. Are you aware of the risks and how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim?
Malware & KeyloggingKeylogging is a method by which fraudsters record your actual keystrokes and mouse clicks. Keyloggers are software programs that target your computer’s operating system and are installed via a virus. These can be particularly dangerous, as the fraudster is able to capture your user ID and password in addition to anything else you have typed. If you are like many other end-users and have the credentials for several different accounts online, you’ve essentially granted the fraudster access to your other online accounts. What’s worse is since they now have your login credentials, they appear to be a valid user.
Here are some crucial things you can do to prevent yourself from being a victim of keylogging:
- Use Anti-Virus Software. This is the most important thing you can do to protect your computer from viruses. There are many options on the market today – some at a cost, while others are free. If you opt to use a free version, be sure to research the company to confirm it is being offered by a reputable business.
- Keep your Operating System up-to-date with the latest security patches.
- Workers suggests that online users install a software called Trusteer Rapport that provides online transaction protection and protection from online identity theft for consumers. You can use it to protect your web browser sessions with any website that contains private or personal information. Visit our website for additional information and to download.