I suspect that you may have heard about how scammers are starting to use the most recent events in Texas to garner money from people. In fact it has already reached a point where several US Government agencies are issuing warnings about it. Such as the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a reminder that malware purveyors frequently use natural disasters and other breaking news items of broad interest to trick people into clicking on malicious links or opening booby-trapped email attachments.

Terrible people have been using bad events to try to con people out of money for years, one would venture to call it one of the oldest tricks in the book. But now with the digital age we find that they are smarter than ever before – presenting very compelling information and pictures which makes one believe that you are truly going to help someone out. Unfortunately it is all too easy for them to come up with these digital falsehoods and we are none the wiser.

In the sense of giving I believe that most of us want to do good and help each other out. It is part of our being that drives us to help. So, please keep in mind when you are compelled to do so that you should be careful in what you are looking at and what you are doing. Use only trusted sites which you know have been around and are doing good in the world. DO NOT click on links to donation pages from people you do not know or from sources which are not legitimate. If you have questions about the link, the fastest way to check it is to copy the link and paste it into a google search. If the link yields a good page you are more than likely safe. However if you see many warnings – do not click it! This check is not foolproof but it is something that you can do which is better than just blindly clicking. If you have further questions please consult a IT professional.

Anymore it takes more than Anti-virus to protect your system it takes careful steps in preventing others from attacking it in the first place.

For a quick view of what is going on in the world of the United States Cyber activity check out US-Cert.

Please think before you click and Keep Your Technology Safe.