I was so relieved when the CDC decided to release emergency preparedness instructions for a possible Zombie Apocalypse. I think all of us need to prepare for such an event.
When I mention Zombies, adults seem to glaze over. They don’t even know what a Double Tap is for goodness sakes! I have done a few blogs trying to get y’all up to speed. But I guess Zombie references don’t go far enough to explain how to protect yourself in the current Zombie Apocalypse! Yes, I said “current”. The Zombie Apocalypse has been going on for years!
What’s that you say? You think I have been watching too many movies??
Well, here is an Infographic from McAfee to prove my point that Zombies are living among us and I need your help to fight them!
As you can see in the infographic, most people don’t even know they’ve become a zombie, but it is easy to download malware that steals your personal data, damages your computer, and spams your friends and contacts. Be on the lookout for unsolicited messages that claim to have news on celebrities or other sensational topics or links to images and animated greeting cards. Never click on links or attachments included in these messages.
When the U.S. government is getting involved, you know that the outbreak is serious… However, my instructions are a little different from the CDC’s.
There are some common symptoms of an infected device:
- The device is running sluggish
- Unusual activity at startup
- Internet security or virus detection software disabled
- You get e-mails from auto responders that the recipient is not online or on vacation, but you do not know the recipient
- Number of tasks running on the computer exceeds what should be running
- The device running at or near capacity
Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim:
- Never download or click anything from an unknown source. If you really think your friend is sending you a video clip or an electronic greeting card, double-check with the friend to be sure before you click on the link.
- Before clicking on any links related to the news, check to see that the address is going to a well-established site. If it is a shortened URL, use a URL preview tool such as http://hugeurl.com/, to make sure it is safe to click on.
- Buy consumer security software from a reputable, well known vendor, such as McAfee, and make sure the suite includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, anti-phishing, a two-way firewall, and a website safety advisor to stay protected against newly discovered malware and spam. Run the software EVERY DAY (not weekly or monthly) to make sure your machine is clear of malware.
Tips on What to Do If You Become a Victim:
- To see if your machine has been infected, scan your computer for free using McAfee Security Scan Plus: http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp?cid=9913
- If your social media account has been compromised, change your password immediately and delete all dangerous messages and links. Also, let your friends know that your account could be sending them spam in your name.
- Contact the Cybercrime Response Unit at www.mcafee.com/cru, an online help center for advice and technical assistance, if you think you’ve been a victim of a cybercrime.
Please stay vigilant my friends! These Zombies won’t be taken out by records… stop opening attachments from people you don’t know!
Stay safe out there!
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