There’s a nasty virus going around – and we don’t mean a cold or the flu – we’re talking about the virus you get when you mistakenly download a fake Windows 11 installer.
Since Microsoft started rolling out Windows 11, hackers have been leveraging this upgrade as an opportunity to scam consumers. Educate yourself and caution your employees to be wary of phishing emails with Windows 11 as the topic, pop-up Windows 11 upgrades, and fake Windows 11 webpages. By creating a fake Windows 11 download, cybercriminals can steal your data, limit your computer’s functionality until you’ve paid a ransom, unleash a virus, sell you a bogus file, or otherwise compromise the security or your organization.
Microsoft is one of the most popular and widely used software systems which is why cybercriminals are using this upgrade as part of their latest scams. Grapevine MSP can help protect you against malware designed to scan your PC for saved passwords, credit card information, or other sensitive data and upload it to the hacker’s database.
Prevent & Protect
It may sound simple, but the best way to protect yourself is to prevent an attack. If you want to upgrade to Windows 11, only do so through Microsoft, or a trusted Microsoft partner. To ensure you’re getting the genuine product, go directly to Microsoft’s Download Windows 11 page to upgrade your operating system.
If you are prompted to upgrade Windows on your computer, contact your IT department so they can verify the validity of the link. Remember, cyber criminals play off your impulses so always think before you click! Read pop-ups and emails carefully and look for anything that seems “off” (improper grammar, bad spelling, weird links, blurry logo, etc.) or a deal that seems too good to be true.
Lastly, partner with a leader in cyber security like Grapevine MSP to ensure your business is safe from online threats.