There is no denying that credit cards and electronic payments are critical pieces in our new global economy and 24/7 financial transactions. There is also no denying the fact that cybercrime scam is one of the fastest growing segment of white-collar crimes. These criminals acquire our identities especially our credit card details, and everything is being traded in the ‘underground marketplace’. Often, this credit card information is stolen through traditional physical means rather than a hacker intercepting your data packets over the Internet. I have personally been a victim twice and I had the feeling that without using MacKeeper I would become a victim of scammers once again.
MacKeeper application is simply functional. It checks my entire computer on a regular basis for hiding software. The application checks for thousands of possible harmful files. The program regularly updates itself with new adware and spyware profiles.
The application constantly lies in wait for changes to my registry. Similar to other analogues, when something attempts a change, it asks for approval or denial with the option of making my choice permanent. Granted, normally, I have no idea why a registry setting is being changed, but if I’m installing or removing an application a change is reasonable. If a request to change the registry came up while I was merely browsing the Internet or listening to music or watching a video, then I’d be suspicious.
Also it cleans all sorts of junk that accumulates on your computer, like cache trash, log files, and temporary files. MacKeeper will pick up the bits left behind by applications. You could gain multi-MBs from regular cleaning. Like all the best applications, you can leave the default settings and just run it.
And last but certainly not least is a free technical support. That’s right – I said FREE technical support. With the use of another MacKeeper feature called ‘Geek on Demand’ anyone can email a question to MacKeeper Support and get a response back – almost immediately. They cover anything and everything remotely technical – including Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux, Networking and all the geeky goodness you can handle! Got a question? Shoot them a message through the ‘Geek on Demand’ tab and they respond quickly.
I think most of the problems people have with computer security and scam these days is behavioral. I’m not merely referring to social engineering, which is, essentially, using charm and guile to get information, such as passwords. More important are our attitudes towards spam and downloading applications and media. I’d like to offer some final suggestions, which, I realize some people will see as absurdly obvious and others as paranoid.
- Never open odd email. Yes, don’t even open it.
- Never open attachments in odd email. Seriously, is this still too difficult for people to remember?
- Only download applications, music, and videos from respectable sites. If you’re picking stuff off of strangers’ computers, is it really too hard to believe that some of these people don’t have your best int
erests at heart? Everybody raise your hands who takes a drink from pop left on a park bench.
- Don’t install applications from a Website unless you are expecting it and know why it needs to be installed.
- Download and use MacKeeper.
As time goes on I assure you that I will become a big MacKeeper fan and better at using the program itself. Expect to hear more updates on my MacKeeper and scamming experience in the near future.