COMPUTER SCAMS

MY EXPERIENCES WITH COMPUTER SCAMS AND ADVICE NOT TO FALL FOR THEM

Today, computer scams of all kinds seem to be popular. Even computer savvy people aren’t immune. It seems like bi-monthly you’re hearing about a scam. If you’re new to computers you may fall for the scams. I grew up without a cell phone or computer and to find that post you can go to Growing Up Without A Computer Or Cell Phone.

SOME of the computer scams I’m familiar with is the “LOGMEIN” Scam, the “Microsoft” scam, the “Anti-Virus” scam, the “Pop-Up/Survey scam, the “Inbox/Trash link scam and many more.

I know my title says my experience and my advice to you so let’s talk about my experiences and my advice of what you should do.

First off, when I first got my first computer I was computer illiterate with the exception of knowing how to run e-mail and turn my computer on/off. I learned by trial and error as I went along. 

Experience #1: “LOGMEIN” Scam – I had these people call about my computer they said they needed remote access(that should’ve been a flag right there to me) but since I was just learning so I wasn’t aware of this. My advice is never give remote access and if you do for some reason, change your password right away so they can’t get access to your computer.

Experience #2: “Anti-Virus” Scam – This can take many forms. Some of the forms you may see is through e-mail, pop-ups or by phone just to name a few. On your computer along the sides or in the center there are advertisements with prices that seem to good to be true. Usually if the price and what they seems to good to be true it usually it is. Also, these scams come by phone sometimes too. This goes with my experience above. My warranty expired and they wanted me to buy it again. I learned from my experience and when I refused to buy their anti-virus program they weren’t happy. Soon after that I took my computer to be checked and they found so many viruses and malware on my computer I was in disbelief. I couldn’t imagine how they got there then it hit me, they were probably planted there. I’ve suspected but can’t prove they did it but they were very angry when I refused to buy their warranty. Soon after that, my computer crashed. My advice is simple never go for the prices on pop-ups there most likely scams. Always do research first.

Experience #3: “Pop-Up/Survey” Scams – Never answer these because most of the time they’re scams.

Experience #4: “Your Microsoft On Your Computer Has Expired” Scam – Someone calls you on the phone and proceeds to tell you Your Microsoft  on your computer has expired. Since I’m on my third computer I’ve learned what’s a scam and what’s not.  It was something to hear but when my mother asked me are you sure? I said yes because Microsoft came with all my computers. I called the place where I got my computer and they said it’s a scam.

Because I was new to computers I fell for the top 3.

What To Do If You Fall For A Scam:

  1. Change All Your Passwords Right Away.
  2. Run a Full computer Scan to make sure no malware or viruses have been planted in your computer.
  3. If the place where you got your computer offers free checkups then take them up on it. You still might want to take your computer for a checkup no matter what. Most of the places make you pay a price. Trust me, it’s worth every penny.

I hope none of you ever fall for a scam but if you do, the above steps can help you. **Please Note** I only mentioned a few things you can do through my experiences.

Please share your experiences if you have any and some tips to follow that I haven’t mentioned.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

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MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!

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MY NEPHEW WAS BORED SO HE PUT MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN HATS ON BUTLER FARMSHOW COWS.
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CLOSEUP OF A BUTLER FARMSHOW COW WEARING MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN HAT.

WEBSITES REVIEWING OTHER WEBSITES…

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INTRODUCTION

WARNING, WARNING!!!! Now that I got your attention let me welcome and say hello to everyone. Did you know there was a website that reviewed other websites to see if they were legit, to see how trustworthy they are, to check the reputation, to check the privacy, to check the safety and to check how safe it is for children. Then they give you a scorecard. 

WHO DOES THIS?

I found out that Google does this. 

 HOW DO I KNOW THIS?

I actually found this out by accident. You see one night I had put in to Cortana my WordPress Dashboard address and in the suggestions  this site popped up.  What is the site address that checks other sites? It is https://easycounter.com/report/ and the site you want to check. For example if I wanted to check WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING), I would use http://easycounter.com/report/daisymae2017.wordpress.com to count the views and any other countable data for google searches. Yes I said Google searches. Can you believe they count Google searches?

WHAT ARE THE PROS OF KNOWING THIS?

The pros of knowing about this website are: 1.) You can check your website(s) or anyone else’s 2.) You can check the General Data of any website 3.) You can check any website’s Audience 4.) You can check any website’s Traffic Analysis 5.) You can check any website’s Subdomains 6.) You can check any website’s SEO Stats 7.) You can check any website’s Domain Data 8.) You can check any website’s Social data 9.) You can check any website’s Server Info and finally 10.) You can check any website’s Safety(this just shows how safe the website is).

WHAT ARE THE CONS OF KNOWING THIS?

In my opinion, I think what could be considered as Pros could also be considered Cons too. Why? I can answer that question in one word — PRIVACY.

IS WORDPRESS AWARE OF THIS SITE?

The answer to that is they are now. When I contacted WordPress and explained my situation, they told me they were surprised to find out that there were other websites that actually checked to see if your website was legit. I asked what can I do and they asked me with what WordPress features? I told them and they told me unless I upgrade to their Business Plan(which I don’t need at this time) that is where the plugins are at. I did find out that I wasn’t optimized with Google. They weren’t happy about that. Can’t please everyone.

WHAT DO I EXPECT YOU TO DO WITH THIS INFORMATION?

I do hope you read this post. It’s up to you what you do with the information given to you. It’s like the saying say: You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

 

 

500 Followers

Wahoo, Wahoo I’m really excited because WordPress just notified me that I had achieved 500 followers. I’m way ahead of my goal. Let me explain. You see my goal was to achieve 200 followers by January 1, 2019. on WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) Today is May 11, 2018 so I’m way ahead of my goal.

Thanks to all my readers and followers for helping me achieve this goal.

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SORRY

Hi everyone, I’ve been having technical problems AGAIN!! I got a new theme for both of my blogs WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING)and CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE and now no notifications, Like Buttons or Sharing Buttons. I hope WordPress gets it fixed soon. I’m here to ask you kindly to please check out my projects. Click on the words All Projects then above my header which is Daisy Mae for both sites. When you click on All Projects squares will show up. How many squares will be a ? because it’ll depend on how many projects I have on each blog. My new theme supports testimonials but I won’t enable that until I get some. Once the squares come you’ll see the featured images. Go to the one you want to view and hopefully WordPress has the Sharing and Like Buttons there so you can Like and Share. If by some chance you got notified my project was published last night and you saw nothing, I really am sorry for that. I do hope you check my projects out. I sure would appreciate it.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING.

 

Friendly Fill – Ins

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This week for Friendly Fill – Ins: Week 98 ANGEL TIGGER AND “QUEEN” DAISY MAE will be answering the Friendly Fill – In Questions.  We do hope you join us. To check out Friendly Fill – Ins each week go to https://mguffysreader.com and http://15andmeowing.com/.

DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER BELLY.

1.) I am the “Queen”/Ruler of the family.

DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER BELLY.

2.) I have no siblings currently. Angel Tigger used to be my sibling.

TIGGER ON TOP OF THE CURIO CABINET. TIGGER PASSED AWAY ON 9-11-2015.

3.) I am looking forward to the beautiful flowers and pretty butterflies this Spring.

TIGGER ON TOP OF THE CURIO CABINET. TIGGER PASSED AWAY ON 9-11-2015.

4.) The first sign of Spring this year was a Robin in the middle of the snow.

 

TWO AWARDS

INTRODUCTION:

I’ve been honored with two awards and they are: The MakeItUltra Blogger Award and the Real Neat Blog Award. This will be a combination post of both awards. I would thank samanthamurdochblog for nominating me.

THE MAKEITULTRA BLOGGER AWARD

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ABOUT THE AWARD

The MakeItUltra Blogger Award is an award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers for quality content, originality and presentation. The intention of this award is to encourage connectivity and support in the blogging community and to increase exposure for individual bloggers.

THE RULES

  1. Thank The Person Who Nominated You For The MakeItUltra Blogger Award And Link To Their Blog.
  2. Display The Award On Your Blog By Adding It To Your Post And/Or Displaying It Using A Widget On Your Page ( Save The Image To Your Computer And Upload It To Your Blog Post)… Don’t Forget To Use The Tag #MyUltraAward When You Make Your Post.
  3. Answer The Following MakeItUltra Blogger Award Questions.

MAKEITULTRA BLOGGER AWARD QUESTIONS

  1. What Is Your Name? Crystal
  2. Where Are You From? Butler County in a very small town in Pennsylvania
  3. How Long Have You’ve Been Blogging And Why Did You Start? I’ve been blogging since January 9, 2017. I started blogging for fun and enjoyment.
  4. What Are Your Blogging Goals? My blogging goals are: Get as much traffic as possible to get followers and lots of likes.
  5. How Do You Spend Your Free Time? I’m mostly on my computer but I do spend time with my family and cat Queen Daisy Mae.

NOMINATE 1-8 NOMINEES(MY NOMINEES)

  1. Cats and Life
  2. RoseyToesMeows
  3. 15 And Meowing .com
  4. Animals Are Feeling Beings Too
  5. McGuffy’s Reader
  6. Happiness Between Tails
  7. Crotchety Cougars
  8. Pets Overload

PROVIDE 5 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOU(OPTIONAL)

List Rules In Your Post.

Inform The People/Blogs You Nominated Them And Provide A Link To Your Post. Don’t forget to use #MyUltraAward so people can find your post.

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I would like to thank samanthamurdochblog for nominating me. The following are the rules for this award.

RULES

  1. Post The Award Logo On Your Blog.
  2. Answer 7 Questions Asked By The Person Who Nominated You.
  3. Thank The People Who Nominated You And Link To Their Blog.
  4. Nominate Any Number Of Bloggers You Like And Link To Their Blog.
  5. Let Them Know You Nominated Them By Leaving A Comment On Their Blog.

SAMANTHAMURDOCHBLOG’S QUESTIONS

  1. Sunshine Or Rain? Sunshine
  2. If You Were An Herb, What Would You Be? I’m not really sure.
  3. First Thing You’ve Ever Cooked Or Baked? I hardly cook at all.
  4. First Pet? My first pet was a white dog named Chiekie.
  5. What Country Would You Like To Visit And Why? I would love to visit Ireland/England/Scotland. Why? My Ancestors are from.
  6. What One Piece Of Advice Would You Give To Your 16 Year Old Self? Don’t worry if you fail because some of the best people failed many times before making it big.
  7. Favorite Drink(Alcoholic Or Otherwise)? Mountain Dew!!

MY QUESTIONS

I’m going to cheat. Please answer the same questions which are below.

  1. Sunshine Or Rain?
  2. If You Were An Herb, What Would You Be?
  3. First Thing You Ever Cooked Or Baked?
  4. First Pet?
  5. What Country Would You Like To Visit And Why?
  6. What One Piece Of Advice Would You Give Your 16 Year Old Self?
  7. Favorite Drink (Alcoholic Or Otherwise)?

MY NOMINEES

  1. Cats and Life
  2. RoseyToesMeows
  3. 15andmeowing.com
  4. Animals Are Feeling Beings Too
  5. McGuffy’s Reader
  6. Happiness Between Tails
  7. Crotchety Cougars
  8. Pets Overload