(Medina) - Thirtyseven4 LLC of Medina, a provider of Windows, Mac and Android antivirus solutions, cautioned today to be on alert for potential Ice Bucket Challenge-themed scams.
Thirtyseven4's Steven Sundermeier admits The Ice Bucket Challenge is a phenomenon that's raising ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) awareness across the Country and world.
However he warns, “Cybercriminals have a long history of capitalizing on the hottest trends and latest headlines to disguise their evil doings. Recently, we’ve seen it with Facebook scammers posting bogus video claims of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams saying his last goodbyes. Cybercriminals are also exploiting the world’s attention to the Ebola virus outbreak by luring them into opening malicious email attachments. The now viral Ice Bucket Challenge will be no exception, especially with high-profiled celebrities getting involved and the challenge going global. I feel it’s only a matter of time before fake ALS donation websites start polluting the Internet and social networking sites and other scams start surfacing”.
Sundermeier told Newsradio WTAM 1100, there are five steps to avoid falling victim to potential Ice Bucket Challenge-themed Scams and similar attacks:
1. When interested in hot news topics or donating to a charity, go to a reputable news source website or the organization’s website by typing in the web address directly in to the browser (ie. http://www.alsa.org).
2. Never click ‘Ok’, ’Yes’, or similar if a message box appears seeking permission to install some component or update or asks for your permission to view locked content.
3. Be suspicious when receiving or reading to-good-to-be-true stories, posts or emails. Exercise common sense.
4. Make sure antivirus software is installed and virus database files are up-to-date.
5. Maintain regular operating system updates.
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