Chad King interviewed about computer security 2011.12.21

Written by David Green.

Morenci native Chad King was recently interviewed on a Cleveland television station for tips about computer security issues.

King, the owner of KingPin Computer Services in Cleveland, offers a variety of services ranging from computer repair to data backup.

The WKYC report called December a season for shopping but also for scamming. The reporter gave the example of a woman who clicked on a link that led to a window asking if she would like to renew her anti-virus software. Clicking there actually allowed the virus to infect her computer.

When it comes to internet security, King said, the most common mistake people make is to use one password for all their websites.

King explained that websites can share password information, making it easier for scammers to hack into accounts.

King recommends purchasing YubiKey, an “electronic key” that stores passwords in a virtual vault. To log into a site, you first have to plug the key into your computer.

“This is two-layer security,” King said. “One layer is, I type in my password. The other layer is that I put this key in and this key has to be present. If you don’t have the key, you’re not getting in my vault.”

The report notes that scams generally have a sense of urgency to them, often saying that an account is suspended or a package won’t arrive if information isn’t sent online.

Common scams going around now include:

• A PayPal e-mail saying that your account is frozen.

• An airline confirmation titled: Your Flight Order NXXXXX

• An Amazon.com shipping order.

King also mentioned that fake charities are good at fooling internet users. The Federal Trade Commission website has a charity checklist to help people make sure their money is going to a legitimate group.

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