06 Feb 2012

Emails from security firms may not be what they seem

When looking at emails, internet users should be aware of potential dangers, but the line may get a little bit blurry when it comes to receiving an email from an internet security company claiming to want to help fix a virus.

Kim Komando answers a question on the South Bend Tribune's website from a mailer who asks if they should be concerned about an email they are getting about antivirus software from a company that sells it. In turn, Komando said the person was correct to question an iffy email, as a prominent security firm was recently hacked.

"Other hackers are taking advantage of the situation and sending you fake email with malicious attachments and links," Komando writes. "Remember, [most antivirus] programs update themselves. The company will never send you update links or attachments via email."

According to a study from the University of California at Santa Barbara, licenses for bogus antivirus software were purchased by 2.2 percent of targeted victims. People should be aware that these fake email occur and be sure to double and even triple check everything to make sure they are getting legitimate software and nothing that will harm a computer.