Friday, September 03, 2010

Towards a more secure world

The threat of malware is rising day by day. The bad guys are devising ingenious ways of tricking the good guys. Not just as in social engineering, but new viruses for example in device drivers, parasitic javascripts that attach to your web pages, annoying adware that pops up and the latest click harvesting on facebook and other social media sites.

Here are some tips to make your online experience more safer.

  • Have an antivirus installed on your machines. Update it regularly. Typically today's antivirus contains other goodies like stopping adware and spyware.
  • Activate your firewall . This will stop network snooping attacks.
  • Do not click attachments or links from unverified sources.
  • Before you click, think! It may be a social engineered link.
  • Do not share your password, credit card or bank information with any program or website or people.
  • Turn on incognito or private browsing if you don't want to leave any breadcrumbs (your trail)
  • Click Harvesting on Facebook makes use of something called iFrames and hence before you click the Like button on some other sites be careful. If you are using a Firefox browser install 'NoScript' plugin.
  • When you install plugins or addons or extensions, please do not install from unverified sources.
  • Run your antivirus everyday or at least three times in a week.
  • Take regular backups.
  • Keep yourself updated on malware news by subscribing to security sites.
  • And finally, Be alert !!!

Towards a more secure world …


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