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Eau Claire

How to recognized online scams.

Understanding common scams you may see with your Mac, iPad or iPhone.

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How to recognized online scams.
How to recognized online scams.

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Jul 10, 2024, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM CDT

Eau Claire, 4677 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire, WI 54701, USA

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Understanding Common Scams
  • Email Scams:Phishing emails Spoofing and impersonation Ransomware and malware attachments
  • Text Scams:Smishing (SMS phishing) Fake alerts and prize notifications
  • Phone Scams:Vishing (voice phishing) Robocalls and automated messages Impersonation of authorities or companies
Recognizing Red Flags
  • Unsolicited contact from unknown sources
  • Requests for personal information or money
  • Urgency and scare tactics
  • Suspicious email addresses, phone numbers, and links
  • Poor grammar and spelling in messages
Real-Life Examples
  • Presentation of actual scam examples
  • Analysis of how they were identified and avoided
Prevention Tips and Best Practices
  • Verifying the source before responding
  • Using official websites and contact numbers
  • Reporting scams to relevant authorities
  • Using security software and keeping it updated
  • Educating family and friends
Malware Prevention
  • Install and Update Security Software: Use reputable antivirus and anti-malware programs. Ensure software is regularly updated to protect against the latest threats.
  • Keep Operating System and Applications Updated: Regularly apply updates and patches to your operating system and all applications. Enable automatic updates where possible.
  • Be Cautious with Email Attachments and Links: Do not open email attachments or click on links from unknown or untrusted sources. Verify the sender's email address before interacting with any content.
  • Use Strong, Unique Passwords: Create complex passwords that are difficult to guess. Use a different password for each account and consider using a password manager.
  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Add an extra layer of security to your accounts by enabling MFA. Use authentication apps or hardware tokens for added security.
  • Avoid Downloading from Untrusted Sources: Only download software from official or reputable websites. Be cautious of free software, which may come bundled with malware.
  • Regularly Back Up Important Data: Maintain regular backups of your important files and data. Store backups on an external device or cloud service not connected to your main system.
  • Practice Safe Browsing Habits: Avoid visiting suspicious websites or clicking on pop-up ads. Use a secure and updated web browser.
  • Use a Firewall: Enable and configure your firewall to block unauthorized access to your system. Consider using both hardware and software firewalls for enhanced protection.

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