Do you use online banking facilities? If yes, please be very careful and always be sceptical when you do online banking. Here is why:
Today’s malwares can actually disable Windows automatic update features. Hence, you will need to check periodically that Windows automatic updates is still enabled. Recently, Microsoft just released 34 security patches which all MS users should have already have these patches in their computers. You better check whether you get all of them. Other than MS Windows, Adobe Reader and Acrobat, Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime and Sun Java also have vulnerabilities which are easy target for malwares.
To check whether your Windows automatic update feature is enabled, just go to:
1) Click Start
2) Select Control Panel
3) Select Performance and Maintenance
4) Select System
5) Click Automatic Updates tab
6) Choose your updates preferences and time interval desired
7) Click Apply then click OK
Just in case that you do not have all the latest MS Windows patches, visit Microsoft Update website to download all the updates you need.
If you want to check your whole system for security vulnerabilities, you can visit Secunia Online Software Inspector and start scanning your computer. You do not have to download it. Just click Start Scan, your will get your report in a short while. When you see a red x in your report, it means that particular software needs updates. The website also provide links for updates which can save you plenty of times searching for the correct website to updates.
Source: Mary Landesman articles (About.com)
Swine Flu has been causing panic in the public. Almost everyone wants to get hold of this sickness most updated news. But keep in mind that phishers and spammers might take this chance to trick you.
As mentioned by Tony Bradley in About.com, domain names related to “Swine Flu” are being snatched up. Hackers and phishers might use this to host malware, or phishing attacks.
In this case, it’s always useful to BE SCEPTICAL, and AVOID e-mails related to “Swine Flu”
All browsers have the basic function to improve user experience ie., faster web page downloading speed. Everybody wants light speed download rate, but there is a drawback to this function. Phishers can get your personal information using this function!
So, how does phishers get them? Three ways for them to get hold of your PIN and which banking sites you use.
1) Browser History Sniffing. Phishers check for link color change in your browsing history file and compare with their master list. A mismatch of colors let them know that the site have been visited by you. If you don’t want to clear cookies and set brower history to zero, then you will need to change how IE and Firefox handle visited link color.
2) Cache Timer Attacks. Cache helps to speed up performance but this loading time can give information to trackers as whether you load it from your computer or from the original site. If the loading time indicates that you are loading from your cache, then they know you have visited the site before.
3) Through Adobe Flash Cookies. Adobe Flash Cookies partner with sites such as Microsoft, eWeek, PayPal, Flickr and many other sites. So, even if you clear all cookies everyday, having Adobe Flash installed is just wasting your effort to clear cookies. What you can do is to change the Website Privacy Setting in Adobe Flash Player setting manager.
Preventing phishers from sniffing into your computer can helps reducing your risk to scams.
For more details, read Mary Landesman’s article
I’d read from Mary Landesman’ article in About.com regarding the Best Free Antivirus Software for Windows and Mac Users today and thought it is very useful for computer users to know the differences between the best known antivirus softwares: Avira, Avast, AVG, PC Tools iAntivirus and ClamXav. Take a look at the article and then decide on which one will give you the best protection.
Click the link below for details:
When you use Firefox browser in conjuction with Google search engine, Google will prefetch the first page of the results. This means the first result page and the cookies associated will be downloaded to your computer even though you never click the link. If you do not want prefetch function, you can disable it by:
2) Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter
3) Scroll down the resulting preference list to network.prefetch-next
4) Double click network.prefetch-next so the value is set to false.
5) Close Firefox and restart it to enable the change.
Source: About.com article by Mary Landesman
1 April 2009 is the date which every computer users fear of, the day the Conficker Virus deployed into the web and which expected to affect millions of computers around the world. Saying that it will steal your secured data from your computer, everybody is in fear of catching this virus.
But how true is this statement, we don’t know yet for sure. I have got a newsletter from About.Com that clarify the myths of Conficker Virus. Please click on the link to read the newsletter.