If you want to stay safe from identity theft be ready to defend yourself from constant online threats. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are always inventing new ways to hack into your computer; but lately Trend Micro wants the public to become aware of the companies that sponsor these types of illegal online activities. Trend Micro along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers a few ways to help you stay safe from computer security threats that ultimately lead to identity theft.
According to Trend Micro, cybercriminals use hosting servers also known as Bulletproof Hosting Servers (BPHS) from which they launch computer attacks. Both scammers and hackers come up with an idea then pay the BPHS Company to host their malicious website. The type of businesses launched from these sites according to Trend Micro are torrent download sites, fake shopping sites, hacker run fake SEO or government sites, password cracking sites; otherwise known as Brute Force Tools, Botnet sites along with many other malicious content. For more information and help to stay safe from the many scams using computers visit Trend Micro at http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/us/security/news/cybercrime-and-digital-threats/bulletproof-hosting-services-cybercriminal-hideouts-for-lease
While cybercriminals launch their attacks using illegal web hosting servers that help mask their identity, you could have visited one of their fake shopping sites, pornography site, carding site or other fishing site so you will now need to take the steps to secure and protect your identity. The first thing you should do is install the latest security software, and continue to keep it up to date. According to the FTC, you should never click on a link that says your computer is at risk or is infected because it could lead to fake products or malware. Be sure to clear your cache and cookies day by day, as well as perform a scan weekly or at any sign of slowing. For the most secure free online virus scan visit Trend Micro at http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
If you feel you have been the victim of identity theft or other online scam in Santa Ana or elsewhere visit the FTC to file a complaint atwww.consumer.ftc.gov/media/video-0054-how-file-complaint Remember, the only way to stay safe from identity theft online is to keep yourself aware of the many scams being used. If you are a victim of a new scan, report it. If you are not sure how to go about protecting your computer, visit the FTC for a quick 3 minute guide on computer security http://www.onguardonline.gov/blog/got-3-minutes-computer-security?utm_source=govdelivery
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