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THE KANSAS LIFELINE

July 2018

6.  As of July 2018, a Google

Chrome warning may show up on any
website not using Hyper Text
Transport Protocol Secure (HTTPS) as
part of the new PCI Data Security
Standard (PCI DSS) for safeguarding
payment data. Non-HTTPS websites
may remain perfectly safe to use for
looking up information, but Do NOT

private information has been
compromised or that viruses have
been detected. These scam artists are
experts at creating panic and fear and
suckering the unsuspecting user into
clicking a button or calling some
phone number that appears to offer
redemption. These criminal
enterprises are out to convince the
user that they are legitimate technical
support personnel from Microsoft or
some other company that has
miraculously detected this tragedy
and are available to come to the
rescue. 

NEVER Accept. NEVER click OK.

NEVER call the phone number
displayed, etc... in fact don't choose
ANYTHING offered on such a screen,
not even what may appear as an Exit
or Close Button as a way out. Instead...
use the Windows Task Manager to
Close the entire Browser  (Internet
Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc...) by
pressing CTRL, SHFT, ESC all at
once... or CTRL ALT DEL... and
choose Task Manager. When
Task Manager opens.... highlight the
name of the Internet Browser
program.... Chrome, Internet Explorer,
etc... and Choose END TASK. If neither
works, just turn off the power
button or unplug the computer,
but DO NOT click on any of the
options the 'bad guys' are
hoping will be picked allowing
them to install their malicious
software. When the computer
comes back up, immediately
RUN valid Internet safety
cleanup tools. Here are three
trusted cleanup tools:

Glary Utilities – A system

optimizing tool

CCleaner – An anti-malware

program protecting privacy and
clearing away
unwanted/malicious programs

Avast – An antivirus program

(never have more than one

antivirus program loaded onto a
computer)

After running these,  restart the

computer.

There are other good choices

including MalwareBytes, an anti-
malware tool and AVG, another
antivirus. Some tools are available at
no charge depending on the
application, while others come at a
cost.  

5.  Never use Passwords of common

things that could, with a little cunning
and research, be guessed. NEVER use
children or grandchildren's names,
pet names, Social Security numbers,
birthdates, street addresses, maiden
names or other items that can be
discovered with a bit of effort on
Google or Facebook. Never use a
Social Security Number or birthday
as personal identification, unless
absolutely necessary. And, avoid
old fashioned crimes like
burglary; don't post on
Facebook how exciting the
thought of next week's trip to
Jamaica is!

And, avoid old fashioned

crimes like burglary;

don't post on Facebook

how exciting the thought

of next week's trip to

Jamaica is!