ITU Support Center Cautions Computer Users on Fake Web Sites
Posted: June 17, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
The ITU Support Center recently issued an alert about fake web sites that can cause severe damage to computers. People who click on links to eBay and Paypal are being directed to fake sites, which then download programs that can take over their machines and do much damage or can capture their passwords to machines that have highly sensitive data. To avoid this:
1. Do not click on a web site link in an e-mail message.
2. Do not use Internet Explorer (IE) for web surfing. Only use IE when you type in the link yourself or you otherwise know it is valid.
3. Set your antivirus software to update automatically. If you are using a Windows machine, set the operating system patches to automatically update, too.
4. If you are using a Mac, go to “Software Updates,” and make sure you have installed the latest update.
5. Details about these strategies can be found at itusupport.gmu.edu or call the ITU Support Center at 703-993-8870.
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