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Bank Account-Draining Virus Lurks In Facebook

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

An old nemesis is making a comeback.  It goes by the name of Zeus and it's a Trojan Horse virus that could drain your bank account.  It used to get into your computer when you would click on a link on an unscrupulous web site.  Nowadays it gets into your computer when you click on a link on an unscrupulous Facebook fan page.

What happens when you click on the link is that the Zeus virus is downloaded and installed on your machine.  Then it sits there waiting for you to do some online banking.  That's when it gets your login and password and sends it back home.

What can you do to protect yourself?

  1.  Visit sites you trust.  Take the time to familiarize yourself with new sites before you trust them with your computer.

  2. Beware of sites that ask you to download an app or copy and paste a script or some computer code into your browser.  Those are big red flags that it's going to change something in your computer.

  3. Know what you're clicking on.  Hover the curser over the link before you click to see if the address actually matches the site.

  4. If your bank or credit union offers two step verification for logging in from a new computer-- use it.  That means a password *and* answering one or more security questions to verify it's really you.

Apple users will note that this Zeus virus only attacks PCs  That's because 91% of the world's personal computers use some form of the windows operating system.  It's where the money is.

By Fred Cantu


Bank Account-Draining Virus Lurks In Facebook

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