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Parental Peace Of Mind
The advent of the Internet, in some respects, made the job of parenting a little harder. We want our children to experience the vast wealth of knowledge available on the Internet and communicate with their friends online (frees up the telephone). Unfortunately, it also potential exposes our children to inappropriate material, obscene pop-up ads, and even sexual predators.
Phishing For Your Identity
Who hasn’t received an email directing them to visit a familiar website where they are being asked to update their personal information? The website needs you to verify or update your passwords, credit card numbers, social security number, or even your bank account number.
2006/7 Security Watch
There is a lot going on in the information security space. 2006/7 looks to be an interesting year in these regards. Read some the things to watch for in 2006/7; some of them are good and, unfortunately, some aren’t.
Beware Internet Explorer Plug Ins
Legitimate looking pop-up turn out to be nightmare! It uploaded a product called Intelligent Explorer on my machine. Read more and be warned.
Computer Viruses That Come A Calling
Every day new computer viruses are created to annoy us and to wreck havoc on our computer systems. Read about them here. More information and up-to-date virus details can also be found here Virus Or Hoax - Which is it?
Spyware and Adware are not only an ever increasing nuisance for computer users everywhere, but also a booming industry. According to Webroot Software, Inc., the distribution of online advertisements through spyware and adware has become a $2 billion industry.
Department Of Defense Crackdown On Secuity 2006
The top commander of the department of Defense network operations just ordered a crackdown on security. According to a recent article by NetworkWorld on January 16,2006, Lt. General Charles Croom is quoted as saying, “The attacks are coming from everywhere and they’re getting better.”
Fighting Of Viruses Advancements In AntiVirus Sofware Suites
Protecting your computer from a virus is getting harder and harder each day. Even corporate giant Microsoft has found its own systems compromised on more than one occasion.
Spam Spam Spam - No! This is not from the Monty Python TV series! “Studies show unsolicited or “junk” e-mail, known as spam, accounts for roughly half of all e-mail messages received.... many users have begun to express a general lack of confidence in the effectiveness of e-mail transmissions, and increased concern over the spread of computer viruses via unsolicited messages.”
Finding The Security Suite That Meets Your Needs
While the use of security suites and other complementing products can significantly reduce your risks, they are not magic wands that you can wave to eliminate 100% of your risk. Any product claiming they can do this should be viewed with great skepticism.
How Many Spyware Items Are Infecting My Computer
From the InfosecWriters web site... . a scan found that 80% of their PCs had some type of spyware installed on them." It goes on to say, "...The average number of spyware components per computer was 93 with one computer having well over a thousand."
Name Rank And Social Security Number
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the average victim spends 607 hours and averages $1,000 just to clear their credit records.
Malware. An odd sounding word created to lump all malicious software programs, including viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, adware, and other malevolent codes into one cause-your-computer-serious-hurt category.
About Encryption And Making Your System Secure
Encryption and cryptographic software has been used in many different ways to make systems more secure.
Protection You Can Afford
A power surge, lightening, a virus, or even simple equipment failure can create havock. Therefore, backing up the contents of your hard drive is an absolute MUST. By regularly making backup copies of your files and storing them in a separate location, you can typically get some, if not all, of your information back in the event your computer crashes.
Securing Your Computer System
As we do these things on a more regular basis, we open ourselves up to potential hackers, attackers and crackers.
Spam. Nobody likes it. Nobody wants it. No, we aren’t talking about the canned meat, but those unsolicited, unwanted, irrelevant, or even inappropriate messages that hit our email in mass quantities.
Surfing The Web Anonymously
When you visit another web site, information about you can be retrieved. Basically, information is intercepted and used by others to track your Internet activities.
The Advancement Of The Keylogger
A keylogger is a program that runs in your computer’s background secretly recording all your keystrokes.
A Trojan Horse is a destructive program that masquerades as a harmless application. Unlike viruses, Trojan Horses do not replicate themselves, but they can be just as destructive.
Website Security Rules Of The Road
While many e-commerce Websites are reputable and have taken the necessary safety precautions to protect you, it never hurts to always proceed cautiously.
What Are Intrusion Detection Systems
The purpose of an intrusion detection system (or IDS) is to detect unauthorized access or misuse of a computer system.
What The Heck Are Botnets
What makes botnets exceedingly bad is the difficulty in tracing them back to their creators as well as the ever-increasing use of them in extortion schemes.
Who Are The Players In The Antivirus Industry
Everyone in the United States has heard of the leading antivirus vendors Symantec, Mcafee, Computer Associates, and Trend Micro.
Why Do I Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me
Spyware is one of the fastest-growing internet threats. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, spyware infects more than 90% of all PCs today.
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