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Attention!! Attention!!

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Okay, now that I have your attention, I want to tell you that the chance of free stuff is one of the easiest ways a hacker can get you to load a virus on your computer.  They send out emails that look legitimate, with the disguise of getting something when you click on a link.  The truth is, the link is not real, and you have just installed a virus on your computer that can record all your keystrokes.  This would include the web sites you are going to and what logins and passwords you are using to get to these sites.  They could even set up your webcam to come on at their will and record what is happening in your home, apartment, or dorm room.  This can give the hacker access to credit cards and checking accounts, your social media pages, photographs you have saved, or your privacy.  The next thing you know, your checking account and credit cards are maxed out, your personal photographs are all over the web, or recordings of you in your own home are being used against you. 


My suggestion is to install an anti-virus program on your computer.  There are free versions you can get, or for a small annual cost, there are even stronger editions.  I also suggest you periodically change your passwords to your social media pages as well as your online banking, credit card company, etc.  This will give a better chance if another company gets hacked that would be retaining your information.  If you are using wifi, consider putting a password on it, so your neighbor can’t share it. 

No computer is completely safe and usually ‘free’ isn’t free at all.  Beware of random emails promising something and know what you’re clicking on in that email.  Is it from someone you trust or know?  An email can be easily spoofed.  This is when a hacker uses the email of another to make it look like that person is the sender.  Be aware of misspellings; poor grammar (unless you’re used to it); links for coupons or products that are too good to be true. 

Sorry…..the only free stuff I have for you today is advice and knowledge.  Use it well and stay safe.

Ginny Harshbarger
Senior Vice President, Information Technology Director

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