The internet is a wonderful place filled with useful information and fun websites. In fact, you probably use the internet on a daily basis without ever thinking about it. But what if I told you that there are ways to use that same technology to trick you into giving up sensitive data? This isn’t just theoretical — companies have been using this technique for years to steal information from unsuspecting users. If you’re not careful, all it takes is one seemingly harmless website for someone else to gain access to your most personal information — and maybe even ruin your day!
Your computer is infected, and you don’t even know it.
A virus is a program that can infect your computer. It’s like a worm, but it doesn’t have to be physically attached to your device. For example, if you download an infected file from the internet and open it up on your machine, the virus will start working immediately. It’ll take control of one of your programs and start doing bad things like deleting files or sending spam emails from your machine without asking first.
You can check whether there are any viruses on your computer by running an antivirus scan in Windows (or MacOS). To do this:
- Open up System Preferences under Applications > Utilities (Mac OS X) or Control Panel > Security Center (Windows 10). You’ll see options here for checking malware protection status; clicking on those options will give you more information about what kind of malware protection software comes preinstalled with each operating system version–and how often they need updating!
You’re connected to the internet, but not really.
It is possible to be connected to the internet without knowing it.
You may think this sounds crazy, but it happens all the time. When you’re browsing …