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Scary virus steals your bank information

Scary virus steals your bank information
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Just a few months ago, I warned you that macro viruses were making a comeback. Well, now there's a new one out that you'll really want to avoid.

It's called Dridex and when you try to visit your bank's website, it sends you to a fake login page instead. Not only will Dridex grab your username and password, it asks you for extra things your bank won't ask for like your Social Security number.

If you put in any of the information, the virus will send it to hackers right away. Your account will be cleaned out before you know it. Plus, hackers will have other information they can use to more easily steal your identity.

Fortunately, it's easy enough to stay safe from Dridex if you remember a few important things.

1. Don't download email attachments

Macro viruses arrive in Microsoft Word and Excel files. So to even get the virus, you have to download and open a Word or Excel file.

These typically arrive in phishing emails. As a rule, you should never download an email attachment unless you were expecting it.

If you weren't expecting an email attachment and it's from someone you know, check with them before you download it. If it's from someone you don't know, just delete the email. No legitimate company is going to send you unsolicited email attachments.

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