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Watch out for new scams and viruses

May 10, 2018
BY GEORGE GORDON • Computer Guru , Lahaina News

The Android.Fakeyouwon virus is out and now infecting Android phones (not Apple). You can protect yourself on the iPhone by clicking on Settings, Safari, scroll down and check on Fraudulent Website Warning, then click on Block Pop-ups. Also, Apple recommends always installing the latest updates.

There is a new wave of "congratulations" pop-up ads that promise prizes like free Amazon gift cards, iPhones or cash in exchange for clicking on the message or submitting personal information. According to security experts, these ads are not only a fraud - they're infecting your computers or mobile devices with malware.

It's also been reported "you won" pop-ups seen on Facebook are giving scammers access to your friends list. Once a victim's Facebook is infected, scammers can allegedly send your friends more fake messages through your account.

Another new scam is tricking victims into giving away precious information by calling them from what appears to be their own phone numbers. The "number spoofing" scam calls victims and displays the person's own phone number on the caller ID.

One woman in South Carolina said she was curious to find out how her own cell number was calling her and picked up. "I answered, and they said, "Hey, this is so-and-so from the phone company, and I'm just calling to tell you that your account has been hacked and I want to verify a few things with you to let you know.' "

Scammers, who likely already have the victim's name and number, are reportedly asking people to tell them their Social Security and telephone account info.

There are a couple of apps that will help you driving over on the Lahaina Bypass. Google is telling everyone to drive over to Kahului going north through Kahakuloa. I bet the people there love watching hundreds of cars fighting on a one-lane road up the hill but I bet Julia's Banana Bread stand is getting plenty of business.

Another app you can download is MauiWatch, which gives more details, and sometimes on Facebook someone will post photos of 2,000 cars backed up from Maalaea to Keawe Street. Waze Navigation and Live Traffic apps are also good ones. You can also listen to Spotify, Pandora or iHeart radio stations while waiting in line, or tune into Rush Limburger if you want to take a short nap.

Okay, the FBI wants to break into your iPhone, and you have a four-number passcode. They can do it. So you change it to six digits, and ICE wants to find out if you are a Russian. They will eventually get to you, but you can change your iPhone passcode using the alphabet along with numbers.

Here is how to do it: open up Settings, scroll down to Touch ID and Passcode, or on the iPhone X use FaceID and Passcode. Enter in your existing passcode, then click on Change Passcode and enter it again. At the bottom you will see "Passcode Options." Click on it and three choices appear. Choosing "Custom Numeric Code" allows you to add more than six numbers, like 12345678. Or you can choose Alphanumeric Code and type in a real password, like the one I use: "Iforget808." And the last option is a four-digit numeric code.

So, don't get deported - change your passcode.

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.

 
 

 

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