Please be aware that there is presently a massive phishing scam that appears to come from TurboTax. An email encourages you to click on an embedded link to “opt out” of sharing your personal information with others.
The email is a scam. If you click on the link it will download keylogger malware which will steal your personal information from your computer or phone.
Always remember the following online safety tips:
- Always have your Internet Security software updated, but do not rely on it.
- Keep all of your software up to date with the latest patches, computer and phone.
- Never click on links in emails or text messages unless you are sure it’s from a trusted contact or source. For instance, if you want to go to TurboTax, visit their website directly by typing their address in
- Think Before You Click! Always take a moment to ask yourself if this might be a scam.
Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
A keylogger is a type of surveillance software (considered to be either software or spyware) that has the capability to record every keystroke you make to a log file, usually encrypted. A keylogger recorder can record instant messages, e-mail, and any information you type at any time using your keyboard.
“Malware” is short for “malicious software” – computer programs designed to infiltrate and damage computers without the users consent. “Malware” is the general term covering all the different types of threats to your computer safety such as viruses, spyware, worms, Trojans, rootkits and so on.