If you receive a phone call out of the blue, from your bank, BT or the likes – chances are it could be a scam!

Never let anyone you don’t know in person connect to your phone, tablet or laptop. Regardless of who they are claiming to be. Be extremely wary of anyone claiming that you have any computer related problems, Microsoft or BT Openreach will never call you out of the blue to ‘fix’ problems on your computer.

If you are in the slightest doubt about the validity of the call, hang up and call back the company they claim to be; for example – if they are claiming to be BT Openreach, find the phone number for BT Openreach through Google and call them directly. 

Have you ever been browsing the internet and seen something like the image on the left (or above on mobile)? You guessed it, it’s a scam. It’s a crafty pop-up that’s difficult to close claiming you have viruses – asking you to call a telephone number and ultimately end up with the scammers taking control of your computer with a screen share program like TeamViewer.

You can keep your computer safe from these types of popups by installing an ad-blocker. An ad-blocker does exactly what it says, it’s blocks the adverts from coming through. They’re completely free and I would reccomend installing one right away. 

If you know what kind of browser you are using eg; Chrome, Firefox, Opera – simply search Google for uBlock Origin (followed by the browser you use). It takes seconds, it’s free and it’ll stop adverts from every website you visit.