I thought I would post this in the hope that it doesn't happen to any of you. I use my iPad for commenting and have noticed an increase in the number of ads popping up when I am commenting, mainly when commenting on challenge entries. On my iPad the ad pops up in a separate tab and I immediately close the tab without even looking at it.
On Wednesday afternoon I was scheduling some posts on my blog using my laptop as I can't add photos to blog posts on my iPad. It is also much easier to add html code on my laptop plus the screen is of course much bigger.
It was my turn to choose the top three at Crafty Ribbons and I clicked on an entry in order to copy the photo to add to my DT blog. Oh dear, I had a pop up saying there was a virus and an American voice saying I had to call a number to get it sorted. I couldn't close it, my antivirus started scanning, reported no problems and I was in a panic. I called hubby who crashed it. When he opened it up again it was still there with a message that the hard drive would delete!
He rang a friend who repairs computers and he said to crash it immediately. The number quoted is a scam which I suspected but I can imagine some people would ring it in a panic. Hubby took the laptop to his friend and he has sorted it out for me. Thankfully no harm done except to my purse as it cost me to have it fixed of course.
So, had I backed up my recent work, financial spreadsheets, my craft accounts? Not for a couple of weeks and I had recently completed a 10 card magazine commission and had typed all the instructions, shopping list etc. I would have been very annoyed if I had to type all that again. So lesson learnt, I shall be backing up my laptop after every use in future, and won't be clicking on challenge entries on my laptop again.