Technology Security Tips: Software

Fake Security Software

Cyberthieves are increasingly planting fake security alerts that pop up when computer users access a legitimate website. The "alert" warns them of a virus and offers security software, sometimes for free and sometimes for a fee. Many times, they're a conduit for attackers to take over your machine.

Therefore, never click on a link that pops up and offers you something.

There are many anti-virus software applications. Research the products and find the best one to meet your needs, purchasing it from a legitimate source. Read more about this growing concern.


Don't click on a link in an email or open an attachment unless you're sure who sent it and what it is. Links in an email can send you to sites that automatically download malware to your machine.

Malware includes viruses and spyware that can be used to steal personal information, send spam, and commit fraud. Click with care!