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Internet Security Articles

Internet Security Articles

Securing Your Computer System

Today, more and more people are using their computers for everything from communication to online banking and investing to shopping. As we do these things on a more regular basis, we open ourselves up to potential hackers, attackers and crackers. While some may be looking to phish your personal information and identity for resale, others simply just want to use your computer as a platform from which to attack other unknowing targets. Below are a few easy, cost-effective steps you can take to ...

Spyware and Microsoft Windows

The largest target of spyware is without a doubt Microsoft's Internet Explorer. It is the most widely used web browser and it has a long history of weak security. Its deeply integrated into the Windows operating system and its scriptability make it very susceptible to intrusion by malicious software. Browser helper objects can easily attach to Internet Explorer. These helper objects redirect traffic and add toolbars.

Spyware - Different Types

Spyware is more dangerous than a virus. It can steal personal data and track your internet habits. It might be concealed in a free screensaver or other software that you download. Computer safety expert Leif Wheeler advises us to be aware of any offer of free software. Many times, spyware is hidden in legitimate software. Be cautious of deals offered by well-known companies. Crooks and thieves often create web sites that resemble Adobe, Google or Microsoft, says Wheeler. They instruct you to ...

Securing Your Email In An Insecure World

Computers have simplified millions of people's lives. With the advent of online technology we can be more productive in the office, organize household matters, and communicate with others around the globe. Do you ever think it's all too good to be true? Well, you'd be smart to question the overall ease and efficiency of the web. The sad truth is, along with these perks there are a few major pitfalls. And if you aren't aware of them now, you may be in for a rude awakening.

Securing Your Email In an Insecure World

Computers have simplified millions of people's lives. With the advent of online technology we can be more productive in the office, organize household matters, and communicate with others around the globe. Do you ever think it's all too good to be true? Well, you'd be smart to question the overall ease and efficiency of the web. The sad truth is, along with these perks there are a few major pitfalls. And if you aren't aware of them now, you may be in for a rude awakening.

Internet Explorer Upgared Solves Security Problems

Internet Explorer version 7 Beta 2 will help computer users get used to some of the concepts behind the upcoming Windows Vista, but also cure some of the security problems which have been afflicting Internet Explorer for the past couple of years.

New IRS Scam Hits Email Mailboxes

There is a new wave of email “phishing” that is showing up in email mailboxes this spring, unscrupulous scammers are now targeting the American public with email claiming to be from the IRS.

The Many Faces of Fraud on the Internet - Be Skeptical and Careful

Even though I feel that I am fairly savy -- after all, I read many technical e-newsletters, Internet articles and Internet Technology (IT) magazines -- I was completely taken in by a clever con artist. If you want to read the whole story, check out the article, Curious about Con Artists: You Find Them in Unlikely Places -- My Story. There are so many scary fraud schemes out there, I thought as a warning to you and for your safety, it would be a good idea to discuss some of the ...

Secure Your Information from Prying Eyes

Do you use the same password or pin for everything? Is your password something about yourself that everyone knows (a family members name, your birth date, etc...?) I can understand why, I work in a cubical and log into many different systems not including the other web sites, voicemail boxes and online email clients I log into at home. It is easy to get overwhelmed with some many passwords and one would think the best thing to do is keep them all the same. Well the problem is that if you ...

Why Do People Fall Victim To Phishing?

Most people are aware of what constitutes a phishing scam even if they haven't been confronted by one themselves. You receive an email from what appears to be from a legitimate business (your bank, for example) and are persuaded to click through to a spoof website. There you are tricked into entering sensitive personal data – account details, passwords – even credit card numbers.

Internet Security: The Secure Free Option

With the ever growing popularity of internet browsing and the burst of high speed connections via Broadband or Cable, the security and protection of your personal data contained on your home computer has entered a new phase.

Antivirus & Trojan Protection?

In today’s online environment it’s important to know what risks lie ahead at each click. This paper will describe so of the malicious kinds of attacks your Home/Office PC may encounter online. Now I’m sure we have all heard of Viruses online and some of you have heard of Trojans.

Could Someone Be Stalking You on MySpace?

It's true. Your ex could have viewed your myspace profile 44 times last week.Your manager could be viewing your profile on a daily basis.You could have some crazy cyberstalker that you don't know about.Unfortunately you may never know, because Myspace doesn't allow you to see who viewed your page. That was until a little site popped up a while ago by the name of's motto is "Snoop on them while they snoop on you". How many of ...

Don't Fall Victim to Internet Fraud - 10 Tips for Safer Surfing

The Internet offers a global marketplace for consumers and businesses. However, criminals also recognize the potential of cyberspace. The same scams that have reached us by telephone and in our mailbox can now be found on the World Wide Web and in email. Organizations such as the National Fraud Information Center have emerged to help people recognize shady schemes in order to prevent further victims.

Renew and Update Your Antivirus Software Today

PC users are facing new computer viruses every day. Computer viruses not only affect home PCs, they clog up internet traffic and disrupt the business of big corporations, causing billion dollars worth of damage each year. To protect your computer and stop the spread of these malicious programs on the internet, you should renew your antivirus software and update it regularly.

Antispyware Or Spyware?

Spyware is a hidden software program. It is often used to monitor the browsing and shopping habits of computer users. Spyware can also be a remote control program that steals confidential banking and personal information.

Switch From Managing Email Security to Managed Email Security

The days of riding horseback through the wilderness to deliver a message are over. But make no mistake; we’re not out of the woods yet. The digital world exposes us all to a virtual wilderness. Email offers simplicity to both the messenger and the malevolent.

How Viruses Contaminate Your Computer

Viruses are little bits of software that normally have a negative impact on our computers when they are activated. Usually viruses are attached onto other software programs (games, disk utilities, office documents/Macros, screen-savers), and are activated when these normally harmless programs are started.

Protecting Yourself On MySpace

"Growing number of child molestors using MySpace to arrange meetings with minors" "Teenage girl kidnapped by older man she met on MySpace"The recent media blitz regarding MySpace has snowballed in the recent months. Parents, teachers and other school officials all over the country are calling for the banning of MySpace. Will they succeed?No.Why not? Because MySpace is free, fun... and everyone is doing it. MySpace is not anymore dangerous than any school, mall, neighborhood ...

Protect Your Computer From Malicious Intent

There are many types of malware, malicious software designed to disrupt the normal use of your computer. Some types of malware are simply nuisances to the one sitting behind the keyboard while others can actually harm or destroy the computer itself. Another threat posed by malware is the invasion of your privacy and it has the potential to cause you considerable personal and/or financial harm. Most types of malware get onto your computer via web browsing, instant messaging, or ...

Assertivenet Spider is Gigablast Spider

Introduction and Purpose The purpose of this article is to provide evidence and information to counteract the suggestion that Assertivenet is potentially used for malicious purposes.Initial ResearchOn Saturday, March 11, 2006, I received a somewhat urgent telephone call from a client of mine, Hibiscus Florals ( The owner, Mark Morkowski, was concerned because he had been reviewing his website traffic statistics and had noticed that at ...

Protecting Your Children From Internet Predators

In 2002 thirteen-year-old Christina Long, a Connecticut suburbanite, became the first confirmed murder in the U.S. by an Internet predator. Unfortunately she has not been the last. Fortunately, recent media attention is finally making parents aware of dangers linked to Internet use. A study performed by National Institute for Missing and Exploited Children concluded that in the past year one in five minors were subjected to sexual solicitation through chat rooms and instant ...

Adware Spyware a Growing Threat to the Internet

Adware or Spyware as it is also known by is a malicious program or should I say programs that infect your computer with adware. Currently there are thousands of variations of adware / spyware waiting to attack your PC.

Internet Security: Four Reasons Users Choose Risk and How to Overcome Them

The risk of monetary loss in the event of a computer security breach is frighteningly high. These days, an unprotected computer is likely to be infected with a pest within 20 minutes of being connected to the Internet. The average computer is checked for weaknesses by unknown parties 17 times a day.

Why Should I Use Antivirus Software?

The answer is really simple. To protect your own computer from damage, and to prevent your computer from being used to pass on infections to other machines without your knowledge.

Combating Viruses with Security Software

Help, I was sitting in front my computer and it started acting strange! Pop-ups were on my screen and I was not even surfing the web. My home page was changed somehow and so did other web settings. My programs are at a crawl and overall my computer is just not working the way it should be.

Wireless Security: 6 Ways to Stop and Catch Hackers and War Drivers

War drivers are in the business of finding wireless access points, documenting them and uploading their locations to the web. Why would someone do this, well for several reasons:

Scam Artists and Low Lifes on the Internet

The Internet is a wonderful invention. To me it’s the greatest technology that mankind has ever produced. It’s changing the culture of the world as well as the world economy. The tasks it allows us to accomplish are mind boggling. I can talk and collaborate with a friend halfway across the globe using my computer microphone. I can look up and get detailed information and how to’s on anything I want, instantly. A world of useful and relevant information is at my fingertips.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose An Internet Filtering Appliance Over Software

The need for organizations to monitor and control Internet usage in the workplace should be an accepted fact of doing business in a cyber-connected world. Statistics indicating that 30 to 40 percent of Internet use in the workplace is unrelated to work issues should come as no surprise. Neither should the report that 90 percent of employee computers harbor as many as 30 spyware programs. In fact, studies indicate that companies may be incurring average costs of $5,000 per year per employee ...

PC Protection, The Latest On PC Threats

Every single computer on the internet is at risk from PC threats which include viruses, Trogans spyware, adware, key loggers, the list goes on. Most people genuinely try by buying an anti-virus program or an anti-spyware package which will help but there are still many other problems that need to be addressed.

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