Premium rate dial up connection
In most countries, there are mainly two options available for
home users; one is broad band and other using a telephone line
and modem. Today a majority of people use telephone line to connect
their computer to internet world. They are being threatened by
a new type of scam: premium rate dial up connection fraud.
A lot of dial up users access porn web sites. What most of them
does not know is that these web sites are often full of harmful
material such as viruses. These viruses often install themselves
in your computer and make you a victim of premium rate dial up
connection fraud. These viruses are designed to enable scammers
to make long distance calls from your telephone lines. They take
over your modem
connection to make calls to premium rate numbers at your expense.
The victimized people are basically hit by a Trojan horse virus.
A Trojan horse virus gets secretly installed upon your computer
mostly while surfing web sites on which they resides. It then
changes your internet settings in a way that you always use a
premium rate access number rather than your regular local access
number. Some porn sites also offer dialers that allow you to access
those sites regularly and smoothly. These dialers are another
source of viruses that can affect your computer.
This scam is mostly observed in the users that uses dial up services
and it is less likely to affect broadband users compared to a
dial up connection user. So, internet users who still connect
to the internet via a dial up modem needs to be more careful about
the access number they are using. Anti virus software can detect
known Trojan horses that secretly change dial up settings.
It is strongly recommended that all dial computer uses should
use anti virus programs, especially if you are a regular internet
user. They should be performing regular virus scans to see if
a Trojan virus has not affected their computer. Also, dial up
uses are also advised to be very careful about software they allow
to run on their computer. They also need to keep their virus protection
fully updated to protect against the virus attacks. Computers
may also be scammed from some online free of charge web site.
If you are a Broadband internet
user, previously using a dial up connection then you need to check
whether your computer still has a dial
up connection activated. If it is the case then you are also
prone to this type of attack.
Apart from regular virus checks you should also scan your internet
access number settings regularly. Be sure to have a look at
the access number when you get connected to see that you are connected
to your local regular ISP.
Overall, using dial up connection safely and carefully is mandatory
to prevent yourself from being victim of this scam which is increasing
to a serious level in most of the advanced countries.
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