On the heels of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, residents are being reminded to take precautions every time they log on to the Internet to avoid falling victim to the countless scams, viruses and malware awaiting them in cyberspace. Photo courtesy MetroCreativeConnection
Twenty years ago, Spam was just a rectangular lump of processed meats sold in a tin. Now when we think of spam, itâ€™s lowercase, referring to all the junk mail we get in our email inboxes. And itâ€™s hardly innocuous; open the wrong spam and your computer can get a virus, or worse, you could find that your checking account has been emptied or your hard drive has been compromised.
A quick Google search to find out the number of email users worldwide indicates around 3 billion. And every one of those accounts could be susceptible to the criminal antics of a hacker. Spam (lowercase) is just one method the bad guys use, but it is the most prevalent.
If you have an email account, itâ€™s wise to arm yourself with information and tools to lower the risk that cyber criminals will cause something bad to happen to your computer or your wallet, said David Hefner, a computer consultant who has been operating in Bishop since 1984. He outlined a few of the scams to be aware of that have occurred here, including suspicious telephone calls and emails.
Read more in the Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.