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  • Five Technology Scams to Avoid

  • I’m not the most technologically savvy person but I’m always reading and learning not only about mortgages but other topics that may influence my clients and business. I found this article that I thought I would like to share. Most of us have encountered these situations at one time or another. I hope this helps!

    Here are 5 ways to protect yourself from computer viruses and hackers:

    1. Don’t click links within emails. Your email may look like an official one from Amazon, but unless you are absolutely sure, don’t click the link. Instead, log into your Amazon account and view the information on their website. Same for your cell phone, Facebook, Microsoft, etc.

    2. never open an email attachment. Scammers will say things like “You have received an e-Card from a friend” to get you to click on the attachment. Even if you know who sent the attachment, it may be infected with malware from THEIR computer. Use an outside source, like DropBox.com, to send and receive documents or photos.

    3. Don’t use a free thumb drive. You may get a free thumb drive when you attend a convention – or maybe is a free giveaway from a tech store. Don’t use it. It may contain malware that will infiltrate your computer.

    4. Don’t conduct private business on a public Wi-Fi network. If you are just searching the internet for info while using a public wi-fi network, it should be okay. but, don’t check your bank balance. Your credit card statement. Any site where you have to enter a username and password. A skilled hacker, sitting near you, can pick up everything that you type.

    5. Don’t post private information on Social Media. Things like posting that you just got a bargain on a TV from Amazon. That you are on vacation for two weeks. That you are getting a divorce. This is a heads-up alert for thieves and hackers.

    Robert Floris is an experienced mortgage agent having worked over 25 years in the mortgage industry and can help you structure your finances and loans.

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