Beware of Phishing E-mails in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan
No E-mail from Penn Will Ask For Your Username/Password or SSN
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: Does It Apply to Your Website?
October: National Cyber Security Awareness Month; Free Secure Disposal of Paper and Electronics
What Basic Rules Protect Student Information at Penn? (September 2013)
Protecting Privacy and Security on Penn + Box
Security Starts With You
New Regulatory Changes: Do They Apply to Your Area?
Protecting Yourself from Rogue AntiVirus Warning Scams
Security and Privacy Tips for World Travelers
Handling Documents and Data of Faculty and Staff Who Have Left Penn
Spring Cleaning Your Office? Know What to Do with E-Waste
Keep Your Identity Safe When Filing Taxes This Year
Why use Penn+Box when Storing Data in the Cloud
Mobile Device Security - 3 Recommendations for Cloud Users (Hint: That's You!)
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - Almanac Vol. 57, No. 2
Fake Anti-Virus Alerts a Common Web Threat
As much as 15% of all malicious software on the web is currently related to fake anti-virus offerings (or “Fake AV”). Fake AV is malware or spyware posing as legitimate anti-virus software. Users encounter it when browsing the web, typically in the form of a pop-up window telling them their virus software is out of date and their computer is at risk. Believing the alert is real, users can be fooled into opening bad links, providing credit card information, or installing malicious programs. If you encounter a virus alert while surfing the web, simply close your browser and reopen it again. It is important not to click on anything or provide any personal information. If you think you’ve already been fooled or something installed automatically, contact your LSP for guidance about removal.
Remember, Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff do not need to purchase Antivirus protection for Penn-owned, or a personally-owned computer. Penn has site licensed this software for its constituents and it is available for download from www.upenn.edu/computing/product.