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Malware is Malicious Software, a Danger to Your Security

A new form of Malware is being created even as you are reading this post. There are many choices in protection you can make and many more you should not. Like driving a car, you should be able to get on your computer and drive it to your favorite website or email and just enjoy. The purpose of this site is to keep it that way for you.


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National Data Privacy Day – Do These Things

Change Your Password

National Data Privacy day is a day to make positive and effective efforts to protect the privacy of your personal data.

The single most significant way for individuals to do this is threefold.

  1. Change your passwords to stronger, more complicated ones.
  2. Use two level access wherever it is offered.
  3. Install and keep an Anti-Malware program up to date.

Hacking and breaking into corporate and government databases is being accomplished by young kids, cyber crooks, and foreign governments. our privacy is also affected by companies that sell our personal contact information. Hacking is happening not only to corporate and business systems; it is happening to individuals.

My computer was infected just days ago and it took several days to get it working again. I saw it early and could stop it from getting worse because I am familiar with the symptoms. Many users ignore symptoms and they accelerate to the point where data is compromised.

Email is the first program hackers go for. It gives them the information that they use to get access to your bank and other financial accounts.

There is a lot at stake.

Change the way you protect your computer.

 

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What is Phishing? Do I need to know?

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Phishing

“In simple words, Phishing is a process of creating a duplicate copy of a reputed website’s page in the intention of stealing user’s password or other sensitive information like credit card details. In our topic, Creating a page which perfectly looks like Gmail login page but in a different URL like gooogle.com or gmaail.com or any URL which pretends to be legit. When a user lands on such a page, he/she might think that is real Gmail login page and asking them to provide their username and password. So the people who do not find phishing page suspicious might enter their username, password and the password information would be sent to the Gmail hacker who created the phishing page, simultaneously the victim would get redirected to original Gmail page.” – Gmail Hacker

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How could you protect yourself from phishing?

Hackers can reach you in many ways like emails, personal messages, Facebook messages, Website ads etc. Clicking on any links from these messages would lead you to a login page. Whenever you find a login page, you should note only one thing:

Is the URL correct?

  1. What is the URL you see in browser address bar?
  2. Is that really https://mail.google.com/ or https://www.gmail.com/ 
  3. Is there a Green colour secure symbol (HTTPS) provided in the address bar?

Green is what you are looking for when it comes to email and banking or other financial sites.

DON’t GO FAST. Read as you go to prevent getting hacked.

Keeping these questions in your mind would prevent you from getting hacked of phishing.

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Beware : NEW Phishing for GMail

NEW Phishing for GMail

I have just read an article regarding a new hacking phishing scam that will steal your ID using GMail.

  1. You get an email from someone you know
  2. It has an attachment
  3. You click on the attachment and
  4. You are prompted to sign in to Google AGAIN.
  5. You are now infected.

It has fooled techie people and novices, so BEWARE if you receive an email from someone with an attachment. If they are infected, you would be next.

I highly recommend that you use Malwarebytes to protect your computer from all forms of Malware. The paid version guards your PC in real time. The free version requires that you scan your computer. This includes a 14-day free trial.
Do you have a MAC? You can get infected too. GMail is an online program, so it does not depend on your OS. Malwarebytes has a Mac version of Malwarebytes that is very powerful.

They also have a tool to guard “in the gap”. This product protects your PC before new databases are written to protect you. It works in anticipation of trouble.

Detects and removes malware in real-time with advanced anti-malware, anti-spyware, and anti-rootkit technology. Scans for the newest and most dangerous threats automatically, so you’re protected without having to even think about it.

Check your PC/MAC for Malware. Don’t infect your associates and friends; don’t lose your identity because you thought it would never happen to me.

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Malwarebytes Upgrade Coming Soon

mb-logoI received notification that Malwarebytes is soon being upgraded.

The advantages will be good for Internet safety. Here is a copy of the promotion:

We have Great News! Malwarebytes 3.0 is coming soon, delivering the most powerful security we have ever released.

For a limited time before the official release of Malwarebytes 3.0, customers can lock in the current Malwarebytes Anti-Malware price of $24.95 before the price goes up to $39.99.

What is Malwarebytes 3.0

Malwarebytes 3.0 is the next-gen security program that protects you from the most advanced (zero-day) threats, making antivirus obsolete. Malwarebytes 3.0 combines all of our malware-fighting technology-anti-malware, anti-ransomware, anti-exploit, and malicious website protection into one program that scans 4x faster than previous versions of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium.

Benefits:

 

  • Protects you from advanced (zero-day) threats, including ransomware, so you can surf the Web without worry
  • Removes all traces of malware for complete safety
  • Removes potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that make your computer run poorly
  • Scans fast so you do not have to sit around and wait for your security to finish working
  • Easy to use, just set it and forget it
  • Can replace antivirus or run alongside other antivirus programs

 

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It will be worth considering for your home computer or business systems. The Internet infections are becoming more common and less easy to spot. Don’twait, take advantage of this new release.

 

 

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Your Holiday Surfing IS Prime for Infection

Holiday Internet Shopping ImageHoliday surfing often means you are on sites you have never visited. It means you are buying online and clicking on ads. Ads in and of themselves are not the problem. The fast clicking you do during a rush to buy something can be.

Ads are the ways that stores let you know what they have for you and help you make choices. I regularly run ads that show items I find interesting and fun. As a photographer, I often search for camera stuff. The ads I see when I surf that are delivered to me through Amazon often show new camera or photography gear. Your surfing may show other things that you have an interest in seeing. These are not inherently bad.

Ads are shown to you because of your surfing interests online. An example would be; I did a search for a vacuum cleaner. Specifically an upright vacuum. On the browser screen I used later, I saw ads for vacuums. Not a surprise. Could actually be helpful.

When you start getting PoP-Ups and they invade your surfing windows, you may have an early level infection that should be removed.

My advice to you to stay safe is to stick with known sites such as Amazon and Google shopping. There is one more thing you should do. That is scan regularly for Malware or install a copy of the subscription Malwarebytes. Make sure your computer is covered for incoming infections and powerful malicious software. Malwarebytes is also available for Mac users.

The effects of the infections you get during the holiday buying season may not manifest themselves until after January. These infections start small and grow into something difficult to remedy over time. The easy to acquire Adware opens the door to the more infectious Spyware and worse. Adware removed early on prevents the other infections from taking hold.

A protected computer will keep your holiday season happy and healthy.

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Anti Exploit Stops Infection Before it Hurts

Anti Exploit is a Malwarebytes product that blocks incoming infection on your computers.


This is a NEW product for Malwarebytes and if your are security conscious you want this.

Unlike antivirus products, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit proactively prevents exploits from installing on your computer, preventing any damage from happening in the first place.

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit uses proprietary technology to protect your computer in that critical period between the release of a new exploit and its security patch.

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is also very affordable; a 1 year subscription for 1 PCs is only $24.95 and Anti-Exploit for Business starts at just $29.95 for a 1 year subscription 1 PC.

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MAC Computers Need Anti Malware

MAC Computers need Anti Malware too.

Did you know that those that create malware do it to get money through the software you use online for mail and surfing. They shortest distance between your computer and your bank account is your email program.

The good new is there is a program that will help prevent the attacks that bring you down.

Malwarebytes for MAC
Mac version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware download only.

I have used this to clean MACbook computers with great success. Catch the malware before it catches you.

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Why you NEED an Anti-Malware Program

You need an anti-malware program to protect the one thing malware is trying to get from your computer … your money.

Simple Malware infections allow more severe infections to attack your computer.

A system that is running slower than usual is symptomatic of Malware infection.

Malware is easy to get if you are connected to the Internet and using a standard Internet browser. Websites that offer perks, often contain backend PUPs ( Potentially Unwanted Programs). These programs slow your computer down and create a possibility of clicking on something you do not want in an effort to get the computer to do what you do want. What can happen then is you will accumulate other forms of Malware such as Adware and Spyware.

Adware is the vehicle for you receiving pop-ups and ads for things for have already searched for on the Internet. Have you ever wondered why you see certain ads on the sidebar of your Yahoo page? Adware is helping that. Spyware does that to a higher level. It actually feeds the originator of the Spyware with information about your browsing history by spying on your surfing. These two Malware types slow down your system too.

I have found that a computer that is routinely cleaned with a program like Malwarebytes, does not get the more extreme and harmful Malware (trojans, bots and worms). The cleaner your browsing history and temporary files are, the safer your Internet surfing will be.

 

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It’s World Password Day

Take the World Password Day quiz.


Have fun listening to Betty White Talk about the MFA (Multi Factor Authentication)

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New Product Offering for Security

This new product (new to me) sounds like just the thing to keep your browsing to yourself, protected and secure, wherever you are.

This type of product is a personal VPN, Virtual Private Network. You are in your own network and not exposed to public WiFi hackers or network thieves. This product, Hotspot Shield(R), is being called “The World’s Most Trusted Privacy Solution“. You can read all about it here. Make the right choice for your browsing. Whether you are on your phone or in front of your PC or MAC, knowing you are behind a secure protective shield is comforting.

This is a product whose time is now! Check it out.

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