Jackie here, with AllClear ID. Malware isn’t just a pesky computer problem; it can put you at risk for id theft. A recent wave of malware attacks have affected more than 4 million computers in 100 countries across the world according to the Department of Homeland Security. In the U.S. alone, approximately 100,000 computers are currently vulnerable to this attack known as the DNS name changer.

What is the DNS Name Changer?

When you connect to the internet, you use domain names to navigate to various websites. The domain name is converted into a series of numbers that basically serve as the address your computer will use to find your selected website. If you are affected with the DNS name changer malware, your computer will generate incorrect numbers and send your computer to fraudulent websites. Visiting these fraudulent websites puts your computer at a greater risk for other attacks and viruses and increases your chances of identity theft.

How Can You Protect Yourself from the DNS Name Changer Attack?

Every computer is at risk for the DNS Name Changer attack, but that doesn’t mean you and your identity are defenseless. You can check your computer quickly and easily for free to find out if you have been affected. If you are infected you can fix the problem and get your computer back into proper working order. Head on over to the FBIs information page on this attack to learn more. Check your computer to see if you are affected using this simple form. You have until July 9th to utilize the free tools for getting your computer fixed, so check your computer now before it’s too late. More information is also available through the DNS Name Changer Working Groups site.

Protect yourself from identity theft by making sure that your computer isn’t infected with the DNS Name Changer. It only takes a couple of minutes to know if you have a problem. If you are one of the millions infected, you can start taking the right steps to correct the problem now.