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I recently saw a forum post about downloading a virus. Of course the user said that a thing said his java was out of date, and needed to be updated. So what this blog is about is how to avoid all of that non-sense viruses and such.

Annoying Ads



"Your java is out of date, Please click here to update"
We probably have seen those, and they're fake, and most likely viruses. What you want to do to really check if your java is out of date is open command prompt and type in "java -version", Once you get the version go onto java.com, and see if your version matches. One thing to know, Java will not tell you that it is out of date on an internet browser. This also applies for Adobe flash player, if you are using Google chrome, You don't need adobe flash player, It has one built inside of Chrome itself. For any browser that requires flash player, goto ADOBE.com and NEVER download from any other website besides that.

Scam emails


From personal experience, I have seen many many scam emails. I am a Canadian, and I have got like 10 emails saying that I have a tax refund I can get by filling out forms. The problem is, my boss is a tax consultant and he does all of my taxes. So if I was to get a tax refund, I would hear from him first. Also the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) Does not even use email because they keep stuff confidential. Another problem, when they ask you to fill out the form, it asks for basically all of your information, and credit card. The CRA is the government, and they have this information already, and Don't need it. So what I am trying to say is, NEVER fill out any form with your personal information on the internet. If you don't feel safe about it, Fill in some fake information.

I will add more as I think of it! I hope people will learn, and stay safe.

Account Phising Websites

You may not know about scam websites, or you may never have seen any.  They are websites that try to replicate other websites. For example the minecraft website is http://minecraft.net, But there may be a website that looks exactly like it, but often people don't realize the domain name they're on. 

An example of scam website would be 256.123.256.123/your_Account/information.php or something like http://accountscammingfakedomain.co.uk.example.ca/wp-content/login.php. One thing that is often seen on account scamming websites is that they use wordpress. It is an open platform in which scammers can easily setup a phising website.

How would you avoid these websites? 

  1. Don't use websites that use an ip address. An ip address is like the example above like 256.123.256.123. All major websites use a domain such as http://minecraft.net
  2. Always make sure that the domain is not suspicious, and is official. You can do a web search on http://duckduckgo.com, Duck duck go will highlight the Official website for a game. For example you can search up "Minecraft", and [url=mojang.com ]mojang.com [/url]will be the offiicial website. Mojang makes the game, which is why it shows that as the official website.
  3. All/most major websites use HTTPS/SSL. It is a Secure connection to a server, which also identifies the server as the official one. A way you can tell if it is legit, look at the address bar, it should say domain.ca/etc
If you come accross one, you can almost always test random credentials on their fake login, for example you can type in 
"Fake_user_account" for the username, and "owirubwryugbweuigbew" for the password, and most likely it will still "log you in successfully".
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Update #1 : 05/27/2014 12:02:23 amMay 27th, 2014

Added Phising websites.

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  • Wolfey180
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • September 12, 2014, 11:29 pm
The only complaint I have about this is that "NEVER fill out any form with your personal information on the internet. " is a bit untrue in some ways. There are, in some cases, sites that you can safely enter in personal information. While personal information should always be withheld if at all possible and the sources requesting such information heavily scrutinized, there are still always those pesky exceptions. Sites that handle online banking or other money services online are usually okay, but again, pesky exceptions. I would go into the exceptions with connecting to sites directly through IP's is sometimes okay, but since this guide is for the more casual user that doesn't deal with the more complex aspects, I'll skip over that. 

TL;DR version

Good blog, useful information, only a few minor quarls, but still useful information.
  • Ashfur4ever
  • Level 26
  • Expert Artist
  • July 30, 2014, 9:39 am
nnice. very true
  • Mikeroboblox
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Network
  • May 26, 2014, 7:27 pm
Diamond 4 You
  • Officerkit
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Button Pusher
  • March 5, 2014, 12:44 pm
A good thing about PMC is they dont put any Virus ads on here. Unless you already have a virus, which would be dumb, then you would get virus ads, but people with common sense wont click it anyways. But, diamond to you since it would help my 1970s mom with no computers.
Actually, They don't even control the ads. All of the ads are through Google AdSense, and they don't check the ads very well.
  • Officerkit
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Button Pusher
  • March 5, 2014, 12:56 pm
Time to run a virus scan.
Just get adblock :P
  • Gamercangame
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • January 13, 2014, 2:04 pm
This will definitely help anyone who is gullible on the internet. Good job!
  • Ashfur4ever
  • Level 26
  • Expert Artist
  • July 30, 2014, 9:40 am
>.<
*Raises hand*
  • cakeface
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Cake
  • January 8, 2014, 9:48 am
People with common sense would know that updating adobe applications requires nothing but their auto-updater and an internet connection
  • Semaphorism
  • Level 21
  • Expert Pony
  • January 9, 2014, 5:17 am
It's common sense for people who are good with computers. Some people don't realize that they are ads.
  • cakeface
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Cake
  • January 9, 2014, 5:50 am
I see...
actually, if you have Java JDK, it will tell you it is out-of-date if you need to use it
Also guys just a tip if you do download something, dont just click ok ok ok, as this results in other stuff being installed aswell. Alot of times, even good companys with there installers say 'Check the box if you would like the bing searchbar' or what not. Take your time because it can result in it screwing up your internet browser and can take a little bit of time to fix!
  • Semaphorism
  • Level 21
  • Expert Pony
  • January 7, 2014, 1:51 pm
That is true.
Mhm
  • Karrthus
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Mlem Mlem Bat
  • January 7, 2014, 12:17 pm
lol advertising adblock
ADCEPTION
  • Karrthus
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Mlem Mlem Bat
  • January 8, 2014, 4:20 am
dun dun duuun
  • tylermark2001
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Lumberjack
  • January 7, 2014, 8:20 am
Scam emails
From personal experience, I have seen many many scam emails. I am a Canadian, and I have got like 10 emails saying that I have a tax refund I can get by filling out forms. The problem is, my boss is a tax consultant and he does all of my taxes. So if I was to get a tax refund, I would hear from him first. Also the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) Does not even use email because they keep stuff confidential. Another problem, when they ask you to fill out the form, it asks for basically all of your information, and credit card. The CRA is the government, and they have this information already, and Don't need it. So what I am trying to say is, NEVER fill out any form with your personal information on the internet. If you don't feel safe about it, Fill in some fake information.

dont open them
  • Semaphorism
  • Level 21
  • Expert Pony
  • January 7, 2014, 10:10 am
I do anyway, but I also do it on linux.
  • MaxBFalcon
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Geek
  • January 7, 2014, 7:51 am
"This is not a joke! You are the 10810928398122nd person to see this comment!! Click here to claim your free iPhone!"
  • Semaphorism
  • Level 21
  • Expert Pony
  • January 7, 2014, 10:10 am
And if you download the toolbar now, you get a free fully upgraded machine!
  • Drakonyte
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • January 7, 2014, 6:32 am
Congratulations! You informed us about something we already know without using facts we already know! Diamond to you!
  • Semaphorism
  • Level 21
  • Expert Pony
  • January 7, 2014, 6:41 am
Obviously, People don't know. Someone was just talking about it on a forum post. The player clicked on one of those java things, and got a virus. So you assume that everyone knows, when in reality, some people are uneducated, and need to learn the safe way.
  • Drakonyte
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • January 7, 2014, 7:16 am
I guess I meant That you informed ME about something I already know without using facts I already know... (But that diamond is still yours.)
  • Gamecool 10
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Archer
  • January 7, 2014, 5:16 am
This really needs to be on the front page, it really helps those who believe the ads.

I mean, ads do help PMC stay alive but the people who make these ads.....
  • -WaffleKing-
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Electrician
  • January 7, 2014, 4:36 am
Very nice indeed. A shiny gem for you sir!
  • Jiloacom
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • January 7, 2014, 4:21 am
All it takes is a little common sense. Common sense can go a long way.
  • Semaphorism
  • Level 21
  • Expert Pony
  • January 7, 2014, 4:23 am
Yep

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