While I was reading one of the blogs that I visit daily and really enjoy their posts, I found out something about India website that offers free Kaspersky Antivirus licence for six months and they were saying that it’s all legal.
Something like promotion from Kaspersky so they give those free licenses for a limited amount of time. You just need to fill in a form and they will send you free licence via e-mail.
And at first sight, there was nothing suspicious about that offer. But when I actually clicked the link that takes to “Kaspersky India” website (exact website address below in the screenshot) , I got warning from my Kaspersky antivirus (yes, you read that well, I was using Kaspersky already, I’ll explain it later) that website I”m trying to visit is actually a phishing website that steals confidential data such as credit card numbers and other important stuff. I was really surprised and thought there must be some mistake with my antivirus. So I tried to visit that website again, and warnings continued to pop-up all over my screen. Then I had to believe…
But the funny part is, I already had antivirus installed on my PC and (how ironic) it was Kaspersky Internet Security. I just wanted to see this “promotional offer” and write about it here on my blog so you can use this free licence, but luckily I found out about this and now I ended up actually writing a warning to all of you who have seen this offer on other tech blogs (there are many of them who blogged about this unaware) to not go on this Kaspersky India website and fill any forms they might ask you to. And for those of you who’ve already been there… Well you should change all of your passwords and hope they did not steal any really confidential data such as credit card numbers and other stuff that is important.
Here’s a message to all tech bloggers out there who write about this kind of offers: Check your source of information first, and then check everything that is related to that software or free license in this case. After you checked all these things, then you can post on your blog and share it with your readers. Otherwise your blog readers will not believe you anymore and they’ll find more trustworthy blog to read. I’m telling you this because I know many of bloggers did not have intentions to steal your data or something but they just didn’t check their info source and that’s why they posted such thing on their blogs.
By the way, this is great example that shows how Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 (that I recommend to everyone) is great antivirus software that really helps you browse the web safer.
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