For several months now another forum would always have advertisements that are not their Sponsors right below the heading name. Sometimes it would just be a messages like "Your computer is at risk", "Your browser is out of date" or "Click here to view your private messages."
Often times the strange "link" would related to recent searches of mine. For instance, recently I went on line to retrieve a Reflex Shock Absorber refund form (just had four installed). A week later this page is asking me to click on a link supposedly leading to the same brand. Do people actually click on "out of the blue" links like that?
A few days ago I received a call from VISA fraud about my Cabela's charge card. Evidently, Sunday morning someone ran a $50 charge in Mexico City. Fortunately, it was immediately flagged. Of course, the credit card must be replaced with a new number. It's not a big deal......or maybe it is.
Several months ago a very large chain grocery store called Shnucks had their credit card information compromised. My wife's credit card was used several times in Canada and our disabled Granddaughters' SSI debit card was "cleaned out" about the same time. Again they were flagged, but it took months for the credit card company to allow our claim.....even though it was their security that was breached.
And of course, there were several hoops to jump through and missing any one of them would have prevented a refund. In fact, the refund was refused once. Basically, that refusal was a routine "test" to see how much of a fight we would put up to defend our position. The refund was finally granted and a few days later a letter was received saying it was cancelled. It was the final hoop. We complained again an they finally gave in.
My newest computer virus program often "says" "Your computer was just protected from 1416 threats today". How would I know? Their latest thing is "Now you can use this tool called an icon vault to store sensitive material right on your screen." Should I really believe that?
Awhile back when trying to install their well known Virus program it would not download. A support person was contacted and using rather quick, cooperative technology he was able to access my computer. I could watch him manipulate the cursor to locate the problem(s). It was kind of "spooky" at how easy it was for him to "look around" and "change things".
I recently upgraded our home safety preparations which involved FOID cards, hand gun instruction and pending CCW classes. However, it seems most of our threats are so far removed that physical home invasion may be the least of our worries.