Summer 2019

Northwest Farm Credit: Rural, Real Estate, Operating Loans; Farm Loans; Country Home Loans; Lot Loans; Equipment Financing; Young and Beginning Producers; Crop Insurance; Business Management Education; Property Appraisals

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security awareness S E C U R I T Y A W A R E N E S S 21 Northwest Farm Credit Services Beware of Common Computer Scams Tech Support Attack The attacker calls you and claims to be from a reputable company. The attacker says that malware has been found on your computer, then tries to get the you to install a type of remote desktop software under the assumption it will help remove the infestation. Instead, this will allow the attacker access to the computer in order to install the real malware. Also, these types of scammers will often ask for a fee to fix the issue. • The scammer will claim your computer has a virus infection that needs to be cleaned (sometimes true if the scammer intentionally infected your computer). • The scammer will claim your network has been hacked and that the hackers' access to your computer and network needs to be removed. DEFENSE: Hang up! This attacker is a fraud. How to Identify and Avoid Tech Support Scams: You will never receive an unsolicited call from Microsoft, Google or Apple to fix issues with your computer for money. You will receive a call only if you initiate contact and request it. John Whalen • Northwest FCS Director-Information Security Computers are wonderful tools…until they're not. It seems like every day a new security breach is reported. As soon as one cyberthreat is taken out, it seems another two pop up to take its place. Knowing what to look for will go a long way toward protecting yourself on line. Here are two common computer scams to be aware of. Browser Attacks Tech support pop-up warnings occur when you're browsing the internet. Usually, you're viewing a website that contains links to related content, and when you click on one of those links it redirects you to a website hosting the pop-ups. These pop-ups can be terribly intrusive, making it difficult for you to close the window. The pop-ups will then display a message stating that the computer is infected with malware and offer a phone number for help with removing the malware. Often, these pop-ups will look like they come from a legitimate source. The main motives behind these scams are to extort you, gain money and install malware such as keyloggers or backdoor Trojans to gain access to your personal information. DEFENSE: Manually turn off your computer! Then reboot. Open the browser and DO NOT restore your web session. How to Identify and Avoid Browser Scams: Examine the pop-up message closely. Look for obvious signs of fraud like poor spelling, unprofessional imagery or bad grammar. You can also do an internet search for the phone number that is listed in the pop-up to verify its legitimacy. There are many websites out there where people report scammers. If it is indeed a scam, there will be an abundance of search results, often on the first page of the search, that clearly point out the scammer.

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