A POPULAR Microsoft app is being exploited by hackers who’ve managed to gain access to people’s PCs, accessing all sorts of private data. 

Microsoft is the world’s largest software maker, used by most PC users. 

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While the company has faced breaches in the past, they’re usually quick to respond and eliminate threats. 

According to BleepingComputer, hackers are now using OneNote to hack people’s devices. 

OneNote is a digital notetaking app that allows for cloud storage and collaboration, being a part of Microsoft’s suite. 

The malicious software allows hackers to take over the computer, stealing all manner of files. 

The hack includes breaches of cryptocurrency wallets, stealing browser passwords, and even taking screenshots of people’s laptops while taking control of their webcams. 

Despite how scary it sounds, the hack can only develop if people fall prey to a phishing scam, delivered via email.

These scams impersonate the official companies, in this case, Microsoft, and require users to open the email and download the software that’s attached. 

While the hack is very complex in the damage it can do to your computer and your life, the majority of tech-savvy users will be able to avoid it by being careful. 

They will also likely notice that the email is not one that was written by a person, containing multiple grammatical errors and being sent from suspicious-looking email addresses. 

Even if you fall prey to the OneNote phishing scam, Windows should offer some protection when trying to download a malicious file. 

Your OS should notify you that the document you’re about to download may be harmful. 

Don’t ignore the pop-up. 

Phishing scams are becoming more and more common, making it imperative for all people to learn basic computer safety. 

To prevent falling prey to them, avoid opening and downloading files from emails that look suspicious and read through the messages in your inbox carefully. 

Once you learn how to spot these types of scams, you’ll likely face no trouble with them in the future. 

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