I suggest that you change your email password frequently so pick a new password and today, make it easy to recall.
Start by creating a phrase that you can remember. “I like chocolate.” Use the spaces if your email program allows it. This creates a password that a machine cannot decipher in the time allotted by most attacks.
If you find you have to use capitalizations, do that for the middle or last word. “i like Chocolate.”
If you feel safer with a symbol, use it randomly in the phrase. “I like-chocolate.” Even the use of a period or dash makes this phrase safe in the world of malware hacking.
- Change your password after using your computer in an airport
- Change your password if you begin to get lots of SPAM
- Change your password if you have forgotten it.
- Change your Email password and make it different than the others you use.
You didn’t create your site so somebody could overtake it. Wordfence protection will help you keep it safe for your content and your visitor’s experience.
Read this article about Ransomware and how it is on the rise for WordPress sites.
Ransomware Targeting WordPress – An Emerging Threat
Here is a simple video showing one-way Ransomware can instantly infect a computer. This is from Malwarebytes, the one company I know updates their program to keep up with the changes in Malware technology.
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.
- Change your passwords to stronger, more complicated ones.
- Use two level access wherever it is offered.
- 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.
“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
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?
- What is the URL you see in browser address bar?
- Is that really https://mail.google.com/ or https://www.gmail.com/
- 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.
I received notification that Malwarebytes is soon being upgraded.
The advantages will be good for Internet safety. Here is a copy of the promotion:
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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.
Holiday 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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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.
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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.