Internet Security for Consumers

Viruses and other security threats

Are you concerned your PC may be exposed to viruses and other cyber security threats? There are tools that can help detect and remove viruses, plus build up defenses to help secure your PC against viruses and other security threats. Protect your family, yourself and your computer by learning more about computer safety. Building up your computer’s defenses helps secure your computer against viruses.

Your personal information may be at risk

If your computer is infected with malicious software, your personal information may be at risk (credit card information, bank accounts, SSN). Your computer may also be a part of a botnet, which is a network of compromised computers controlled by a remote attacker. Botnets are one of the most serious online threats due to their ability to engage in distributed denial of service attacks, as well as steal sensitive information, distribute malicious software, log keystrokes, and send spam.

Phishing scams

Phishing scams often include the names of well-known companies to convince you to visit spoofed Web sites or click on dangerous links. Several types of phishing scams promise fantastic financial or other rewards in exchange for just a few small things you have to do…which include turning over your personal information to an identity thief.

Malware

Malware consists of viruses, spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Hackers and scammers sometimes use fake anti-malware software to trick you into installing viruses or malware on your computer.

 

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