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Virgin Digital Help Virus Guide: QR Codes

Do you scan QR codes? They’re the square, pixelated symbols you may have seen in magazines, shops, restaurants and on products you’ve bought in shops. Scan them with your phone and you will be taken to a website, shown an image or linked to a video. Usually, these links, images and videos give you more information on whatever the QR code relates to. Sometimes, however, they can lead you to something more sinister altogether. 

Due to the fact that you can’t see what the QR code hides, it’s the perfect means for malware developers to get their software onto your device. The link the QR code takes you to could be for anything, and you wouldn’t know until it was too late. 

If you do scan something you shouldn’t, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Unexplained charges appearing on your bill
  • SMS messages being sent to premium numbers

You also risk malware stealing personal information and tracking your passwords and login details. 

You can safeguard yourself in a number of ways:

  • Always keep an antivirus program on your smartphone. There are a number of reliable programs from reputable brands around, so make sure you’re protected
  • Don’t scan QR codes that are just lying around. If they’ve been stuck on an advert or handed to you in the street, you have no way of knowing what they’re really for 
  • If something is downloaded, delete it immediately

QR codes are, essentially, pretty cool things. They provide an amazing link between offline and online, and can be programmed to lead pretty much anywhere. Make sure you stay safe, and you can have as much QR related fun as you like. 

The VDH Virus Guide - Rogue AV Scanner

Vigilance is an essential trait of the modern computer user. We all must be watchful at all times that what we’re doing isn’t putting our device in harm’s way. So what happens when we encounter the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing? Something that comes along claiming to help, but is actually designed solely to infect your computer with malware?

This is the practice of Rogue Antivirus malware. You’re surfing the internet, minding your own business, when a warning pops up telling you your computer is infected with malware. The pop up kindly informs you that you can visit a site for a full security scan, which will remove this malware. Of course, there is no malware – this will be added to your computer during the scan, or when you’re asked to subscribe to the security vendor’s service for a nominal fee.

So, if you’re browsing the internet and a scan starts without you asking it to, or you’re asked to purchase a security software license from a vendor you didn’t seek, there’s a fair chance you’re being targeted by Rogue AV Malware.

·         If there’s an option to, immediately click ‘x’ and exit the pop up or page you’re on.

·         Always be wary of sites that have lots of thumbnails linking to external sites offering the chance to see free movies, photos or other tantalizing treats.

·         Enable a link checker in your legitimate antivirus that checks links on Google before you click them, as hackers will often attack search engines to insert malicious links into results. AVG Antivirus offers this service, for example. 

·         Make sure your anti-malware and antivirus software is fully enabled and up to date. 

If you think you’ve been infected by malware and can’t get rid of it, call the experts, or talk to us online. We can all keep safe if we work together. 

A Guide to Computer Security

It is vital to protect your computer against the nasties of the outside world. It’s important to protect yourself against potential dangers as your computer may be under threat from a virus, malware or hacking.

Most computers experience some kind of security breach during their lifetime but as long as you are aware of how you can prevent this from happening you will be in the best possible position to protect you computer. 

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