Day 8– Scareware, or Fake Antivirus Software

 

 

Description

In McAfee’s 12 Scams of Christmas blog we noted that scareware is the fake antivirus software that tricks someone into believing that their computer is at risk—or already infected—so they agree to download and pay for phony software. This is one of the most common and dangerous Internet threats today, with an estimated one million victims falling for this scam each day. In October 2010, McAfee reported that scareware represented 23% of all dangerous Internet links, and it has been resurgent in recent months.

 

 

 

Contest

Do you ever feel like your computer isn’t as secure as it could be? Do you know where your security warnings come from? How can you tell if they are real and how does your company keep you safe? Send us a 2-3 sentence response by 5pm pacific @ theplace@mcafee.com to enter today's contest for an Amazon Kindle.

 

 

 

Contest Details and Conditions

  • Contest runs from Tuesday, December 13 at 10am through Friday, December 23 at 5pm PST.
  • Each day's entries will qualify for one of 9 Kindle prizes
  • Participants must be current McAfee customers to be eligible.
  • The scam of the day will be posted by 10am PST and participants will have until 5pm PST to email contest entries to theplace@mcafee.com.
  • Winners will be randomly selected from all entries of each day’s contest.

 

 

 

 

Winning entries will be posted in the contest blog on 12/27, though any name, organization, or identifiable information will be removed prior to posting.  Winners will be contacted via email for shipping information.

 

 

 

Link to Day 7's Contest:

https://community.mcafee.com/community/business/blog/2011/12/21/the-place-at-mca fee-holiday-contest-day-7