Hackers Want Your Info

Tips to Outsmart a Hacker

1. Be cautious** downloading free software, especially free anti-virus software.  **what does that mean?
2. Don’t click on ads or pop ups, even on sites you think you can trust.  Heck, block all ads and pop ups!

3. Be aware that malware can also be spread to your machine by portable devices, like thumb drives and even cameras, cell phones, anything that plugs into your USB port.  You should have "auto-run" disabled.

4. Be wary of suspicious emails requesting password information or with news that you’ve won money or need to claim a prize. Don’t click on attachments you don’t recognize or aren’t expecting.  Phishing/Email Scams

5. Realize that your favorite file-sharing peer-to-peer programs, like Lime Wire and Kazaa, establish connections with other computers and can leave your device vulnerable to attacks. Do you download music or videos for free? Find out how these P2P programs can cost you.

6. Let your Internet browser help do the work. Use built-in security settings and preferences and block pop-ups.  See how to change security settings in your browser.