Scareware, aka fake antivirus, as you may know, is a form of malware usually obtained from a malicious Internet website, that displays ominous warning messages on your PC that states you have been infected with malware. It usually runs a fake malware scan and warns that it has found a very dangerous malware that it will remove for a price. In many cases, the computer is locked up during this process and Continue reading
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I’m republishing this article from August 2010 to re-emphasize the importance of acting safely on the Internet in order to avoid bad consequences. News flash! We are losing the safe, free and legitimate use of the Internet to cyber criminals who have made our Internet security…well, insecure. As a person knowledgeable about Internet security and the cyber criminal activities of our time; I am amazed that the cyber criminals are so successful in fooling Internet users into becoming victims and pawns of their criminal activity.
It could be that users don’t possess and employ effective security devices such as firewalls, antivirus protection, spyware protection, and adware protection on their computers. It could be that users don’t follow good Internet security practices such as using strong passwords, regularly updating their operating systems and other software, and avoiding questionable websites and email. Yes, these factors play a part in this predicament, but I think the lack of use of these tools and practices is only part of the explanation of why we are so susceptible to criminal activity. I believe the major factor in the success of these cyber crooks is a clash of realities between how we use the internet and how we behave as humans. Continue reading
The good news is that, according to McAfee Security researchers, 83% of the world’s computers have working security protection. However, the bad news is that only 83% of the world’s computers have working security protection. If you’re one of the 17% that have no working anti-virus software installed on your computer, please install some now…not when you get around to it; do it now, it’s that important. By the way, if anyone you exchange email with is in the 17%; you have an even greater chance of being infected with malware. Continue reading
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Home computing is a blast…keep it safe, productive and enjoyable.
Remember when Internet security and computer security for our PCs was an afterthought for Microsoft? That was a few years ago…but not anymore. Microsoft Security has poured truckloads of money into making Windows computers and their users safer. They have attacked the security problem from several angles (this is not an exhaustive list).
They have moved away from the old way they addressed security weaknesses in the Windows operating system and other Microsoft software…mostly ignoring the problem until it was out of control and their public image was suffering. Now, they step up to identifying and correcting weaknesses in their products. This is evidenced in their monthly downloads of updates, most of which are security related.
They have become proactive in the fight against botnets by partnering with law enforcement organizations around the world by providing manpower and other resources to teams that have been very successful in shutting down botnets and their malware payloads. Continue reading
I’ve recently found a great website for educating Internet users on how to use the net securely and safely. It’s called OnGuardOnline Your Safety Net; The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains OnGuardOnline.gov with significant contributions from 36 partner organizations including Homeland Security, the IRS, and Department of Commerce. I’ve reproduced just one of their great documents in this post to give you an example of the excellent work they produce and of course to promote Internet security. Read this information and save it for future reference as you use the Internet so that you can do so safely.
7 Practices for Computer Security
1 Protect your personal information. It’s valuable.
2 Know who you’re dealing with.
3 Use security software that updates automatically.
4 Keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, and learn about their security features.
5 Keep your passwords safe, secure, and strong.
6 Back up important files.
7 Learn what to do in an e-mergency.
Access to information and entertainment, credit and financial services, products from every corner of the world — even to your work — is greater than ever. Thanks to the internet, you can play a friendly game with an opponent across the ocean; review and rate videos, songs, or clothes; get expert advice in an instant; or collaborate with far-flung co-workers in a “virtual” office.
But the internet — and the anonymity it affords — also can give online scammers, hackers, and identity thieves access to your computer, personal information, finances, and more. Continue reading