• Watch out for fake ‘Windows Defender’ scare


    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    My readers are reporting a new wave of fraudulent “security warnings” that freeze the screen, threaten to auto-delete users’ files, exhort victims to call what is supposedly a Microsoft phone number, and demand a fee for useless “virus removal.”

    Bogus messages from “Microsoft,” “Google,” and every other famous name in the tech industry are as old as the Internet, of course. But the frauds seem to be getting more intense and, unfortunately, more convincing all the time.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.23.0, 2023-06-05).