Thursday, October 31, 2013

Protect Yourself from Halloween Tricks Online

I am a HotSpot Shield ambassador and user. All opinions are my own.


Usually before Halloween, internet searches for pumpkins, costumes, and tutorials become more prevalent. And sometimes those searches turn into people loosing their information online. 

How? Sometimes hackers make false links online, like for a tutorial to make a costume. People will click on it and on the new page it will tell you that if the link isn't working, then "click here" to download the tutorial. So people do and then a popup comes up saying your computer is invested with viruses. The popup then begins to "scan" your computer and tells you if you want to get rid of them, to pay xx amount of dollars by putting in your credit card information. Now for some people that would be a huge red flag but for others, they will think it's real and actually put in their information. And bam, they just gave their information to a hacker. 

Other Halloween tricks that hackers use are links promising you a big giveaway or even free items. Like "Click here for a FREE $500 gift card for Halloween!". Then when you click the link, your computer becomes infected and the hackers can access all your information. 

These are just two ways that hackers are now using Halloween pranks online. So if you don't currently protect your WiFi, then you need to with HotSpot Shield. It's a free download that will block all your information from being seen to anyone online. So if hackers try to access your computer, they will be blocked completely. 

And since it's free, there is nothing to loose by trying it! You can also sign up for Elite which gives you even more protection online too. 

Are you currently protected from Halloween hackers?

42 comments:

Staci @ 7 on a Shoestring said...

I would honestly have to check with my husband and whether or not our WiFi is protected. I have not heard of HotSpot Shield though so I will have to share that with him. Thanks for the heads up.

Cinny Bbs said...

wow, I never knew that before...thanks for the heads up

KT said...

For all the time we spend online it amazes me how little we know about protecting ourselves. This is such a helpful post. Thanks - Katy

Mariah @ FormulaMom.com said...

I never thought about online Halloween tricks but it's a great point! I think I need to go see how secure out WiFi is!

DeDa Studios said...

Very good info...I have to remind myself numerous times....do not click on a link.

Tina said...

I'm very old fashioned so I don't shop online. I just don't want to face the inevitable issue of credit card fraud. I'm even suspect of paypal. I like to hand someone my card, watch them process it, and put it back in my wallet.

StacieinAtlanta said...

Great tips, you can never be to safe on a night like tonight especially when children are involved.

Mary @Capturing Magical Memories said...

What a great reminder of some of the ways you can be attacked. I will have to look into HotSpot Shield.

Andrea H said...

Thanks for the great reminders! So far my antivirus software is doing a good job. :)

Jenna Wood said...

HotSpotShield works great for a free program, I'm so glad I downloaded out of beta!

debdenny said...

Good tips to use all the time!

Lolo @ Crazy About My Baybah said...

We have a wifi password. Does that protect our wifi?

Rebecca said...

Great reminder... it's a shame people do things like that.

Teresha Freckleton-Petite said...

This is good info! There are so much malware online and people just click without thinking. Computers need protection!

k balman said...

Great tips and reminders. I have like 3 virus programs running on my PC. and I use avast for mobile devices.

Mina Slater said...

This is so true!!! I'm so glad we're protected because there really are some creepers out their, it's sad but true.

Doiron said...

For everything that is good in this world, someone finds a way to use it badly. One other thing... Jeepers! They really should find themselves a life...! :)

Kecia said...

I have never thought about Halloween safety when it comes to the internet! I will check with my husband to make sure our WiFi connection is secure.

QueenB said...

yes. we always say, safety first!

Janeane Davis said...

It is important to realize that even though we can go online from the safety of our homes, the internet is the outside world, not our homes and we should protect ourselves.

Taylor Bradford said...

Safety first, always!! Great tips though as a reminder! It's always better to be safe than sorry! Who knew that Halloween brought out the Hackers in droves.

Lena B said...

Crap! I didn't even consider the DYI or anything else like that to be used for hacking - URG!

Mama to 5 said...

it's a shame people are so dishonest, hacking and giving bad links, I wonder why people do this, don't they have anything else better to do?

Rose's Daughter said...

I never thought about Halloween Hackers! I've got my virus protection running, but it helps to know what tricks are out there!

Wendy said...

Oh, I really really need to get on this. It's so easy to put important things like this off. Thanks for the nudge!

Jen B said...

This is great info! The internet can be a scary place if you aren't protected!

Janet W. said...

Great tips! It's crazy how fast your experience can go downhill online because of hackers, etc.

Debi Gerhart said...

I keep hearing about Hotspot. I really need to look into it.

Jenn Mitchell said...

Excellent tips. Everyone needs to be very careful online.

Kristyn said...

i never knew about this before thank you so much for informing me!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing-- always goof things to be aware of!

Virginia Higgins said...

I'm so used to thinking about hackers during the Christmas holiday shopping season, I hadn't thought about Halloween Hackers. Boo to hackers!

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

So scary. I can't tell you how real the fakers have become. I even suspect my google emails.

Jennifer said...

Hackers are the worst! I've learned a lot about what to avoid since I've become a blogger!

Candy said...

Our WI-FI is definitely protected. I'm super paranoid so I keep everything on lock down. Thanks for the post !

Chrishelle Ebner said...

I never thought about online safety at Halloween, but it is definitely a lesson we need to take very seriously.

Sippy Cup Mom said...

Such great tips - I never would have thought of Halloween Hackers! Darn people!

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

Truthfully, I do not have very much protection at the moment.

Healy Harpster said...

Thanks for the information. This is a must! Glad that it's free to download.

Cassie Tucker said...

It is so easy these days for your computer to become infected with a virus, even by just opening an email. My husband does computer maintenance once a month on all the computers in our house which include virus scans and removal.

Jaredamy said...

I cant agree more that the internet is such a vulnerable place. One wrong click, and you could be in big trouble!

Mariana said...

We're not safe ANYWHERE! Thanks for sharing that free service - I hadn't heard of it but will check it out!



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