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UPS Data Breach: How You Could Be At Risk

The credit and debit card information of customers that have recently shopped at UPS Store’s may have been compromised and a computer virus is to blame. Does this all bring you back to last November when Target’s data breach put 40 million shoppers at risk?

The presence of the malware intrusion, which was found by the Department of Homeland Security, is not currently identified by anti-virus software has been found on the systems of 51 UPS stores in 24 different states. According to a spokeswoman for UPS, there were about 100,000 transactions made between January 20th and August 11th and the information that was stolen includes names, card numbers, email addresses, and postal addresses.

According to UPS, in many stores the intrusion didn’t take place until about March, and they are unaware of any reported cases of theft thus far. UPS will be providing identity protection and credit monitoring help to the affected customers. In Georgia alone there were three affected stores, none of which are in Marietta (the closest was in Canton). To see if a store near you was impacted, click here.

Here at Everything Computers, we now how terrible and sometimes terrifying it is to find out your personal computer has been compromised by a virus or malware. If you think your PC or laptop may be acting up, bring it in and we will take a look. We offer both basic and advanced virus and spyware removal. Contact us today with any questions.

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Steps to protect yourself from viruses and spyware

Remember last year when 40 million Target shoppers had their credit card, debit card and personal information stolen? We sure do! If hackers can get into target’s computer system and steal data like that, just think what they can do with a personal computer.

Here are our tips on keeping your data and personal information safe from viruses and spyware:

  1. Avoid clicking on misleading pop-ups
  2. Make sure your browser asks permission before running or downloading any files
  3. Clear your browser’s cache (click here for step-by-step instructions on clearing cache from wikihow.com)
  4. Consider using a newer browser such as Google Chrome or FireFox, which may have tools like Adblock Plus to help protect your computer
  5. Download from trusted locations only and check out the files extension before downloading
  6. Install antivirus software, anti-spyware programs, and enable a firewall

If you believe your computer has a virus, spyware or malware, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Bring it in to the computer professionals at Everything Computers today. We offer many different services to help with all of your computer needs, including:

  • Clean Sweep
  • Data Backup
  • Data Recovery
  • Virus and Spyware Removal
  • System Clean out
  • Software and Hardware Installation