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Internet Security Articles

Internet Security Articles

Phishing What It Is and How to Avoid Identity Theft

Phishing is a term used to describe a type of spam that aims to steal your identity. It can be attempted through email, instant messages, or pop-up windows. Phishers seek to convince their potential victims to provide personal data such as credit card numbers, passwords or account information.

Be Cautious While Shop Online

You must be cautious before you use all the Internet offers, be vigilant while purchasing anything from net.

Katrina Scams Move Online

Spam and phishing scams try to capitalize on the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. Hurricane Katrina has set off a wave of online phishing and other scams that try to capitalize on the emotional response of Americans to the disaster, security experts warned Friday. The phishing efforts, fraudulent attempts to spoof sites to con users, include emails asking users to donate to victims of Hurricane Katrina by using fake news reports and heart-rending pictures. Money donated in this way ...

Do The Media Spread Computer Viruses?

Summary: Could the mass media hype about computer viruses actually make the problem worse? If you believe what you hear in the media, there are an awful lot of viruses going around. No, I'm not talking about the make-you-sick kind of virus, though they get plenty of airtime, too. I'm talking about the kind of virus that enters via your internet connection rather than your nasal passages.

Seecrets On Security: A Gentle Introduction On Cryptography Part 2

The recent explosive growth of PC’s and Internet-based commerce has significantly increased the need for a wide variety of computer security mechanisms. This article, the second of a three-part series, lays the underlying foundation in plain language.

Seecrets on Security: A Gentle Introduction on Cryptography Part 2

A slightly longer series of articles "Keeping Your Secrets Secret" will examine practical examples in greater detail and provides useful tips and advice. Of course, these will continue with the theme of making crypto and computer security easily understood.

Nosy and Intrusive Spyware Applications

Spyware has been compared to a nosy neighbor snooping around the block to find some gossip, however spyware has yet to gain the courtesy of a nosy neighbor because spyware fails to make itself known or ask for permission. Spyware gets into internet users’ computers without their knowledge while they surf the internet, open emails, click on ads and download freeware.

Privacy and Google, Yahoo, MSN The Tradeoff?

While doing some work, I came across an article about privacy issues and how Google and all the other big names like Yahoo, MSN have huge amounts of data to profile their users.

To Ensure Computer Privacy Delete Internet Explorer History

Be sure you delete Internet Explorer history files if you don’t want anybody knowing what you’ve been doing on the Internet. What’s that, you ask? With Internet Explorer open, click on the History icon. It’s located to the right of the Favorites icon (the star) and has an image of a clock with a green counter-clockwise arrow. Or, from the menu bar, select View, then Explorer Bar then History. Look over on the ...

How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off Online

Online security is one of the top catch phrases these days, but hardly anybody knows what it means and worse, most home computer users think security only applies to corporations and online businesses.

Pay to Play: The Truth About Free Online Music Downloads

Recently a client of mine was very excited to try downloading music after getting high-speed internet. After several searches for unlimited music download services, she came across a site that was ranked #1 among several user review sites. For $14.99 a year, she could get unlimited free downloads to songs, movies, and more! Sound to good to be true?

Purchasing Spyware Software—Avoid the Scams

With the demand for anti-spyware tools continuously on the rise because of the constant release of new and more invasive spyware scams, computer users may find themselves falling victim to malicious software downloads while searching for the right spyware removal tool. Several spyware removal software programs have been identified as fakes, but not before many computer users were drawn into the trap.

Guarding Your Computer from Silent Spy Ware Bots

Spyware records your internet usage allowing advertisers to target you with product ads they feel you would purchase based on the information gathered. It can also record personal information such as credit card info, and social security numbers, leading to identity theft.

Security Necessities to Prevent Your Computer from Spyware

In the internet world it is vital for users to have a good spyware scan and removal tool because of the multitude of different spyware, adware, Trojans and other malware constantly looking to attack your system. Many spyware tools available are free and those up for purchase typically do not exceed $30 to $40. Anti-spyware tools will greatly assist in protecting your privacy and restoring full computer functions that spyware may have taken over.

Secure Your Privacy from Spyware and Other Adware Programs

Known by several different names, from spyware to malware or internet parasites, surveillance applications are installed on your system to monitor your internet activities and reveal your surfing patterns and purchasing habits. Spyware also extracts email addresses, hijacks browsers and records credit card numbers, bank accounts and password information.

Spyware: An Internet Plague

As spyware threats continue to grow the methods by which users are infected becomes less and less difficult. It no longer takes physical access to a computer nor do users have to click on an ad or email attachment to install the malicious applications. Spyware can easily be picked up by visiting a web site. Spyware is put on computers commonly when users download freeware or shareware. Once you download these programs, spyware and adware are installed as well.

Removing Stubborn Spyware from Your Hardrive

Internet Explorer is the browser used by most computer user and because the browser was designed to have third party functionality spyware distributors have taken advantage of the opportunity to spread their surveillance software. Creators of spyware are very aware that many users now have spyware removers up and running on their computers.

Countering the Spread of Spyware on Your Computer

Spyware has boomed into the top internet threat in no time and it continues to affect more computer users each day. Spyware is best described as a rogue application that latches to your system so it can record personal information and monitor internet usage. As spyware has grown it has become much easier to be infected with it.

Spyware Awareness in Today's Environment

Computer users are quickly learning of the newest and most widespread threat facing internet use. Spyware has spread to more than 90 percent of computers surprising users who are unaware of the threats and forcing them to find a solution to the privacy invasions.

Are You at Risk for Identity Theft? Learn How to Protect Yourself

Identity Theft is America’s fastest growing type of robbery. There have been an estimated 9.9 million victims on America and over 40% of all consumer complaints in the U.S. involve identity theft. About half of the victims do not know how the thief obtained their personal information. The Boston Globe and Newsweek have both covered Identity theft recently telling us how important it is for us to educate ourselves on preventing and protecting ourselves from this type of robbery. ...

The Anatomy of An Identity Theft Scam

In this Ever growing Electronic Era Identity Theft is fast becoming the choice of white collar criminals. The Internet is making Identity theft a global problem of near epidemic proportions.

Copyright Infringement on the Internet

How do copyright thieves justify their dirty deeds to steal other author’s work? One accomplished copywriter recently damned them on a major online article Blog for authors. She blasted these thieves who steal other people’s works and then put them on their websites or put their name on the articles, stories or ebooks and use them for their own online content. Indeed, I agree and have had the same thoughts. In a way I suppose these copyright infringement thieves might argue that they are ...

Protecting Your Home Both Inside and Out

If you are a parent, you have probably wondered at one time or another, what more you can do to protect your children and yourself, not only physically but emotionally, mentally, spiritually etc. Today many parents and families are discouraged. They perceive, and even experience first hand a disturbing lack of basic civility and community respect. This disregard of the ‘protective virtues’ often leads to anxiety and fear. Those who disregard civility and respect demean those who take ...

Email Security and the Necessity of Security Education for Small Business

Email and document security is no longer just an option for companies, it is a necessity. Couple that with the costly user licensing of most enterprise software solutions and many small business operators can be locked out of taking advantage of Best Practice strategies that ensure the privacy of intellectual property and communication. Setting rights permissions to documents and encrypting email will be essential to future security practices for all businesses.

Digital Dispatch – Is the Internet Safe?

The simple answer is no. Most of the computers today are vulnerable to some kind of hacker or virus attack. If you don’t believe me, just pickup any newspaper or listen to any news show, computer attacks happen everyday. Should you stop using the Internet? ABSOLUTELY NOT! With the proper precautions you can adequately secure your information. In fact, I read a statistic the other day that said more data is lost from computers being stolen than from data being accessed from the Internet.

WARNING! New Ad Scam Alerts

A lot of classified ads promote quick and easy weight-loss products and programs. They cannot deliver what they promise. Another hot area in the classifieds Ads are "business opportunities." Work at home schemes, such as making arts and crafts or stuffing envelopes, have been replaced by offers to "use your home PC to make fast money in your spare time." Other ads encourage customers to invest in communications technologies, such as telephone 900" numbers and telephone services, with ...

Identity Theft, Even After You Die

Believe it or not identity theft has moved to the dead. It is compounding more and more family's grief because con artists are digging up identities of the deceased.

Online Cell Phone Scams and Spam

They’re out there. Individuals trying to make a quick buck at your expense. You labour hours on end to produce quality content on your website only to get repetitive requests for huge numbers of product or promises for the greatest deals online. As a webmaster for a cell phone and PDA site, I’ve had my share of spam and scams come through, mostly via email, some posted on my forum. The purpose of this article is to provide a few methods of detecting spam and scams, and provide a few ...

How Does A Firewall Work?

You may have heard the term firewall before but have you ever wondered how does a firewall work and why do I need one? A computer firewall protects your computer by putting up a barrier to keep anyone from accessing your files when you are surfing the Internet.

5 Steps to Remove Spyware for Free

Have you ever tried to remove Spyware off your PC only to find out it never left or it came back? Tired of all those annoying Popups, Viruses, and Ads on your system day in and day out? Well, listen closely because the day has come to remove Spyware programs and Viruses - forever! I will give you some very useful tricks and tips to remove Spyware and Viruses for good! Follow closely: Steps to Remove Spyware, Viruses, and Adware 1. There are ...

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