We've all seen the pop-up windows telling us that our computer is infected with a virus or other malware. Don't be fooled; the real malware could be the free software and/or free offer to fix your PC.
Oftentimes the ads and warnings are fake and will cause damage to your PC and to the security of your personal information. Fake software can install malware and obtain personal information from your PC and send it to the bad guys.
Once information is online, sometimes it can be impossible to remove. Therefore, you should be conscientious of your visible online presence, also known as your digital footprint. Criminals and fraudsters may utilize this information against you in various ways. The more information that is out there, the more information that is accessible for social engineering and ID theft scams. Additionally, this content may be accessed at some point by an outside source doing an assessment of you, such as for college admission or a new job.
Be cautious of what you post online, and use the recommendations below to manage your digital footprint!
Map your digital footprint.
Look at all the social networking sites and forums that you belong to, and search what information about you is available.
Clean up your digital footprint.
Remove any photos, content, and links that may be inappropriate or reveal too much information.
Don't leave your computer vulnerable. Keep your systems patched and up-to-date with the latest security patches from vendors. Doing so will help prevent worm infections and keep your systems protected.