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New Facebook E-mail Scam!

Malware scammers are trying their best bait to fish all Facebook users into their pool.   Not only Facebook,  other social network such as MSN messenger, Friendster and MySpace also facing the same faith.  Latest spamming e-mail aimed at Facebook users disguised itself as Facebook user agreement.  The following is the content of the spamming e-mail:

Dear Facebook user,

Due to Facebook policy changes, all Facebook users must submit a new, updated account agreement, regardless of their original account start date.
Accounts that do not submit the updated account agreement by the deadline will have restricted.

Please unzip the attached file and run “agreement.exe” by double-clicking
it.

Thanks,
The Facebook Team

If the recipient unzip and run the “agreement.exe” file, it actually install a variant of the Sasfis trojan which attempts to install a backdoor and download additional malware via the web.

This malware isn’t only affect Facebook users, anyone who is randomly picked by the malware can fall into the spam as well.  So, DO NOT SIMPLY TRUST YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK ADMIN E-MAILS. 

Source:  Mary Landesman at About.com


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Does Your Computer Really Getting Patches Updates?

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)