Fake anti-virus threats are rampant and growing. There's been a 400% increase in reported incidents in the last 12 months alone, and it's the number one call driver to McAfee's Virus Removal Service team for the past six months running. There were more than 19,000 calls to McAfee's Virus Removal Service team in January 2010.
According to a 2009 report in Consumer Reports, one in five online consumers was a victim of cybercrime in the past two years and almost a half-million households had to replace PCs due to malware in the past six months.
Consumers can get a warning about the latest threats with inside intelligence from McAfee Labs, through McAfee's Consumer Threat Alerts. McAfee educates users about the dangerous reality of today's online threats through initiatives like Consumer Threat Alerts.
McAfee's Consumer Threat Alerts program will help consumers stay ahead of evolving and sophisticated threats. Subscribers will receive periodic email alerts about how to recognize the latest online dangers and tips on how to stay safe.
In addition to the email notification, all updates will be posted on the Consumer Threat Alerts blog, and consumers can also follow McAfee on Twitter (@mcafee) or visit the Facebook page for updates, videos, and tips.
Say the folks at McAfee, "We're giving consumers the 'street smarts' they need to live their online lives safely. With education and the right technology, we can all play a part in the fight against cybercrime."
Be aware, be smart, be safe.
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