'IP address & personal information might be exposed' Pop-Ups
Fearmongering is one of the most common tricks that online scammers rely on. They abuse scary messages, fake antivirus reports, and warnings to trick users into following their instructions. This is especially dangerous for users who are not that tech-savvy. They see a message saying that their personal information is vulnerable, and they might immediately think that it is true. This is the exact thing that the authors of the 'IP address & personal information might be exposed' Pop-Up scam use.
The 'IP address & personal information might be exposed' Pop-Ups appear to target both Windows and Mac users. Thankfully, the scam is not that complicated in dangerous – some scams of this type try to steal money or payment details from the victim. This one, however, promotes a questionable VPN application. According to the pop-ups, users can rely on the said VPN application to protect their privacy online. To make the warning seem more believable, the pop-ups may also publish the user's IP address and other information.. While this might sound scary, we assure you that it is absolutely normal – any website can access this information, and it cannot be used with malicious intent. Trying to protect it through VPN is not necessary.
If you happen to use VPN services, then you certainly should not trust the one that the 'IP address & personal information might be exposed' Pop-Ups promote. While it may work, it may try to convince you to purchase the full version of the application. Furthermore, shady VPNs may spam you with advertisements and collect your browsing data. If you see the 'IP address & personal information might be exposed' Pop-Ups, you should ignore their contents – do not download the app they promote.