Living in a foreign country can be tough at times when you cannot visit your family on a regular basis. There will be times when you feel a bit homesick and you want to see your family. Fortunately there are services on the Internet you can sign up for to make video calls to your love ones. Such services available are Skype
, and GV mobile+ app
. Certainly there are many more. I just list the ones I use often. What is great about these services is that they are free. All you need is a computer, internet service, speaker/mic for your computer, and a webcam (optional if you want to make video calls).
Last year when I visited my parents back home, I bought a webcam and installed Skype on their computer. Since they are not computer savvy, I also installed a remote client application call splashtop
where I can remotely control their PC if there were any issues later on down the road. Technology these days are far more advance compare to the times when I was a teenager. The latest gadgetry would be the pager and cellular phone. Even so, mobile phones in the early 90's were still primitive. We can only make voice calls.
Unfortunately , the convenient of technology has its price to pay. My parent's computer was recently attacked by this so call FBI MoneyPak malware/virus scam. It sounds threaten because it is for anyone who doesn't know how to use a computer. What this malware does is that it edit your computer registry and injects a script to your browser program. Whenever you open your browser and perform a search using google or yahoo search engines, a FBI page pops up telling you that you have performed illegal activities on this computer and your computer has been block. As if having an FBI logo flashed in front of your eyes isn't scary enough, criminal charges and or imprisonment will be taken if one do not pay a fine immediately through MoneyPak.
When I first looked at the page, I was terrified, but when I think about it. It has to be a scam and untrue My parent can barely navigate around their computer lead alone performed such activities mentioned on the page. The malware is harmless, but it is a pain in the neck to have to close the page everytime you use a search engine. For anyone who have gotten this malware, there are solutions to get rid of it easily. You can do a search for a step-by-step instructions on how to get rid of this malware. Although I said harmless, you should delete it from your computer as soon as practical.