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Also, Mr. Clooke said, “If you get a pop-up [window] alert or email saying ‘You’re not protected’ or ‘Click here to update your AV security,’ don’t click. Never open up emails from unknown parties or type in your [personal] information in pop-ups.”

In short, use a healthy dose of common sense when operating your computer, especially when connected to the Internet. And if something either sounds too good to be true, or too expensive to be realistic - run, don’t walk, away.

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