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Internet Security Articles

Internet Security Articles





It's Time to Sing the Encryption Song Again!

Yes, I'm wearing my encryption hat again. Why you may ask? Well I just finished reading about the newest security hole in Microsoft's latest server product. Then couple that with all the recent hacker activity, new reports from the GAO (that's the Government Accounting Office) that the government can't protect it's own computers and data much less the data WE send them, reports that computer theft is on the rise and news that the FBI is now developing a new computer ...


Parental Control Dangers To Your Child Online & Internet Child Safety Tips

Did you know...? 1 in 5 children who use computer chatrooms has been approached over the Internet by pedophiles. 89% of sexual solicitations were made in either chat rooms or Instant Messages. 13 million youth use Instant Messaging. 1 in 4 kids has been sent a picture of naked people or people having sex online. 1 in 33 kids received AGGRESSIVE sexual solicitation (asked to meet, called them via ...


Traditional Antivirus Programs Useless Against New Unidentified Viruses!

Every now and then you can read about a new virus and the damage it causes. The millions viruses costs companies each time they strike. It is however not only companies that are suffering from the damages caused by viruses. A virus can be just as damaging if not more for a private Internet user by destroying important documents, family pictures and everything else you keep on your computer. Therefore should no home computer be without a good virus protection software. This way you can ...


How To Be Your Own Secret Service Agency

So you want to know who your kids are chatting with. Or if your spouse has a blossoming e-mail romance. Or if one of your employees is leaking confidential information on the side. These tools will allow you to find out the truth and get the evidence you can present to court.


The Truth About Hiding Your Tracks on the Internet

Ok, ok, I know you've seen them. All those pop up windows claiming that "You're being watched!" or banner ads saying "Your computer is under surveillance!" And all you need to do is buy their product and your computer's visbility will disappear from the Internet. Well, to state the obvious, that's just not true.


What to Look for before You Purchase Spyware Software

Huge number of spyware software applications are available in the market, some being offered as shareware while rest as freeware. (Shareware means a software available for download / CD, and can be used for a particular length of time, usually 30 days. Some are disabled as well). Before making a decision to purchase any such software we should check the reliability and should consider various attributes possessed by them and then select the best and the most appropriate one. The various ...


With the Rise of Internet Crimes, Users are Turning to High Tech PI's for Solutions

High-tech private investigators are becoming the answer for many Internet users who have been victimized online. The use of e-mail by that unethical element lurking in cyberspace rings all too common these days. With law enforcement agencies overwhelmed and under trained to address these issues, victims have often been left to deal with them on their own.


Just Who's Computer is this Anyway?

Well, this is an article I never thought I would have to write. Computer ownership was just not something I thought people would get confused over but, after overhearing a number of conversations last week from my co-workers, I realized that quite a few people just don't know how cut and dry this topic is.


Dealing with Digital Disease

A virus is a program that replicates itself. It cannot exist on its own so it attaches to another program, usually an executable one. A worm is like a virus—it also replicates itself. However, it can stand on its own and does not need another program to run. It usually infects your computer’s networking features, which includes its internet connection.


Watch Out For That Scam

The IFCC (Internet Fraud Complaint Center) received over 200,000 complaint submissions for 2004, an increase of 66.6% from 2003. The total dollar loss from all referred cases exceeded 68 million dollars, an average loss of $894 per complaint. There are many types of internet frauds that exist including auction, email, foreign investment letters and online dating. Here are some ways to identify a possible scam or fraud that you may have encountered while surfing the internet.


What Every Internet Marketer Should Know About Spyware

Copyright 2005 Michael Murray If you run any type of Internet business, Adware and Spyware can be a very serious issue. These programs hide themselves on your computer and do all sorts of annoying and potentially dangerous things. Viruses spread on your PC. The good news is that Spyware applications usually stay put, much like a parasite. Spyware collects information about your messaging and browsing behavior and your online preferences with the intent to sell it to online advertisers. ...


A “Self-Defending” Web Server: Site Security as Good as It Gets!

With over 8,500 individual Web sites falling victim to some form of defacement or content corruption in the month of December 2004 alone, the current generation of Web servers and related security solutions are clearly not effective. Enter the Next Generation Web server…


What Is Identity Theft?

One of the prime axioms in life is just when you think it couldn’t happen to you, it does. This is a sad fact, and even more so when you consider the crime of identity theft. You take years to establish your financial and individual identity and reputation, and in one moment the illegal act of another washes it all away wreaking havoc on your financial life. The reasons for identity theft are as varied as the circumstances of the unsuspecting victims. There are ways to protect yourself. Being ...


Hacking Threats and Protective Security

The 1998 Data Protection Act was not an extension to, but rather a replacement which retains the existing provisions of the data protection system established by the 1984 legislation. The Act was to come into force from 24 October 1998 but was delayed until 1st March 2000.


Defending and Protecting Net Newbies

Tantamount to the paradigm shift in communication created by Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone, the Internet provides a medium for instantaneous access to information, business decisions, transactions, and personal interactions. As Edward Blake divulged dual sides of the human spirit in “Songs of Innocence and Experience”, likewise there is a dissonant dark side on the Internet.


Don't Get Hacked A Guide to Protecting Your Business from Thieves

You've seen it in the news - 40 million credit cards exposed! With all the news about web sites being hacked and cyber thieves stealing credit card numbers and other personal data, it's no wonder that some shoppers are still hesitant to provide payment information online. You don't have to be. Is it enough that users trust you? Common marketing wisdom shows that one of the most valuable assets any Internet Marketer has is trust. People go to ...


The One Critical Piece Of Free Software That's Been Overlooked

Can You Prevent Spyware, Worms, Trojans, Viruses, ... To Work When You Switch Your Pc On ? I Can And I Do It On A Pro-active Basis.


Data Security; Are Your Company Assets Really Secure?

Is your data secure? Think again. Securing data is unlike any other corporate asset, and is likely the biggest challenge your company faces today. You may not see it, but almost all of your company’s information is in digital form somewhere in the system. These assets are critical because they describe everything about you; your products, customers, strategies, finances, and your future. They might be in a database, protected by data-center security controls, but more often than not, ...


Don't get trapped by Rogue Anti-Spyware software!

Recent computer problems raised my suspicions that a hijacker or other malware program had infiltrated its protective software.


Criminals are Fishing For Your Identity

What is Phishing? In a typical Phishing attack, a criminal will send you an email which appears to be from a well known company, bank or government agency. The email will direct you to click on a link which directs you to a Website or pop-up box that looks like the company’s or organization’s legitimate site. The site will instruct you to enter personal information, such as your account ID, your password, your credit or debit card number and PIN, or your social security number. The ...


Spyware, This Time It's Personal!

First the basic definition of Spyware: It is a type of software which is installed onto your computer without your permission... It can log your keystrokes, which websites you visit, read you email, and even prowl your hard drives. At some point in time, it transmits its harvested information to the owner. Transmitting this data can slow your computers resources which can result in programs taking longer to load, make for longer waits for WebPages to load, and even complete system failures ...


File Sharing What You Need to Know!

File sharing on p2p is soaring despite the music and movie industry efforts to curb the practice. Regardless of which side of the arguement you are on it is likely that sharing of copyright material will continue in one form or another for the foreseeable future.


Spyware, this time it's personal!

First the basic definition of Spyware: It is a type of software which is installed onto your computer without your permission... It can log your keystrokes, which websites you visit, read you email, and even prowl your hard drives. At some point in time, it transmits its harvested information to the owner. Transmitting this data can slow your computers resources which can result in programs taking longer to load, make for longer waits for WebPages to load, and even complete system failures can ...


Another Fine Mess!

I was reading an excellent article today titled “Identity Theft” by Judith Collins at eWeek.com, when it got me to thinking.... I'm in the Anti-Spyware business, and I'm doing a lot of advertising to promote my website, but here I am online and on the phone, giving my personal information to.....who? Strangers basically, Geez!.


Be Alert! Others Can Catch Your Money Easily!

So called phishers try to catch the information about the account numbers and passwords of internet users. They deceive people with faked emails and websites that resembles exactly the originals of well known banks or electronic payment systems. They make people surrender their passwords and account numbers – and afterwards they clear their accounts.


Top Five 'Spyware Fighting' Tips

Whether you realize it or not, there's a quiet little battle raging on your computer. In one corner you have your faithful PC; in the other are malicious agents such as spyware, adware, malware, viruses, worms, and Trojans. Since the victor of this battle will decide who really controls your computer - use these 5 'Spyware Fighting' tips to make sure you win the battle!


How Can Someone Get Private Information From My Computer?

From the "Ask Booster" column in the June 17, 2005 issue of Booster's Auction News, a free ezine for online auction sellers and enthusiasts.


Wells Fargo Report Phishing Scam

First off I should explain what phishing is. Phishing is basically the act of tricking a victim into divulging information. It involves the receiving of an email message with a link to a website where the victim would enter personal information. In this particular scam, you get an email from "Personal Banking: personalbanking@wellsfargo.com" stating that there may have been some unauthorized access to your account and that you should click the link and enter your account and verify some ...


6 Ways To Prevent Identity Theft

These six ways to prevent identity theft offer you valuable tips against the fastest growing crime in America today. In 2004, more than 9.9 million Americans fell victim to many types of identity theft scams, costing them nearly $5 billion.


Are You Surfing Safe?

Ok, you've got a computer, and you get online. You surf your favorite sites, Sports, Shopping, Cowchip Tossing Blogs, and so on. Your kids download songs and IM their friends. But are you being tracked? Is your personal information stored safe on your computer or is it being mined to a geeky looking guy sitting in the dark half a continent away? Do you know for sure you are secure? Many people don’t.



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