Downloading something that appears harmless from the Internet is the way many online security threats, including viruses or spyware, make their way onto personal computers, leading to an online security breach. Fortunately, there's a very simple step you can take when you see unexpected pop-up warnings that indicate your computer may be infected and advise you to check by downloading a piece of software—don't click.

More often than not, these online “alerts” are the exact opposite of what they claim. They're really tricks to convince you to download spyware or some other kind of malicious program. As a general rule, if the warning doesn't come from the security software you've installed on your own computer, treat it with skepticism. In fact, be careful whenever you download anything from the Internet unless it comes from a website you know.

At Ally Bank, we are committed to helping you keep your personal information safe. Learn more about our practices and products at Allybank.com or call live, 24/7 customer care at 877-247-ALLY (2559) today.

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