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Spying with Malware

There should be an image here!The numbers are staggering. Google suspects that Vietnamese Internet users have been attacked, in terms of “tens of thousands.” The focus is on the Vietnamese users today, but it could shift easily to attack other regions. That there are so many Internet users compromised in Vietnam is disturbing because, online, we are all connected.

Google has had recent security issues. Today, there are reports that some journalists have had their email compromised; this is just a reminder that being online can be dangerous. There is no question that security programs are needed, and it is not only for your security — it is a matter of protecting yourself and other users online.

Whenever you are online, there is the threat of hackers and cybercriminals compromising your computer. Imagine that your IP address is like a house along the information highway. Even if you do absolutely nothing while connected to the Internet, there are hackers “testing the doors” to see if it is possible to compromise your computer.

One of the fallacies that we have been hearing is that some students believe that they are not at risk because, with their netbooks, they are only online briefly to check for email. Unfortunately, there is still a risk for just being online for a few minutes. It is a gamble with your computer security if there are not protection programs safeguarding your machine.

There is organized activity out there working hard to compromise your computer. If it isn’t a government activity, it is hackers and cybercriminals involved in organized crime. Your machine holds personal information that can be sold for the purposes of identity theft. Your computer can be compromised to become part of a bot-network that spews spam. Unfortunately, this is just a reality of being online. It is the trade-off for having the convenience of the Internet. Many of us shop and pay bills online, and some criminal wants that personal information.

These Internet crimes are often silent. It may take months, or sometimes even years, before a victim realizes that an identity has been compromised and exploited. We try to remind our readers that they have to make security a priority, and that is with every machine that is used to go online. It is just not enough to protect your main machine and say that information on your secondary machines does not matter. A malware infection on one machine can migrate to your other machine.

We recommend security programs such as Webroot Internet Security Essentials (WISE):

“…With unmatched antivirus, antispyware and firewall security, WISE provides blockbuster protection for your PC. In fact, the technologies in WISE have won a combined 11 PC Magazine Editors’ Choice awards! These technologies provide more complete protection than competing products to proactively block: viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, data theft, rootkits, hackers, intrusions, keyloggers…”

Webroot is allowing up to three computers to be protected and with a ten dollar discount. This works out to be an amount of under seventeen dollars per computer. It is a huge bargain. Please use this link for the discounted price.

Protect yourself with an award winning program. Protect all of the computers that you have (well, at least three of them). We want you to be safe online and just securing one machine is not enough. You do not want to be spreading malware when you synchronize your machines or share files between the machines. Webroot is a recognized leader in Internet security — when you do have this program, use it. You would be surprised by how many people who have security applications neglect to use them. That is just baffling!

Common Web Sites Compromised with Malware

Today, one security firm reported that there were about 5.5 million pages infected with malware in the last three months of 2009. Some of those pages were commonly visited sites: “In those three months, sites for Fox Sports, technology blog Gizmodo, and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, were exploited to deliver malware to unsuspecting visitors.”

There was a commonly held belief that if you avoid “bad” sites and limit yourself to popular sites, then you would be safe from malware. Obviously, this is not the case. Hackers are becoming very sophisticated and they will go where they can find the most traffic to exploit. That means some very popular sites have been targeted and will be targeted in the future.

It is no longer some teenager wanting to cause some problems and showing off for a limited number of friends. This is organized crime. These criminals want to exploit computers for identity theft, for spamming, for developing a bot network, and for other criminal intent.

The dark side of the Internet is that everyone is a target, and we remind our readers to protect themselves and their personal information. These Internet crimes are silent; it may take months or years, for example, before you realize that your identity has been stolen and exploited. If you are online, you must pay attention to Internet security. That is why we recommend security programs such as Webroot Internet Security Essentials (WISE).

“… With unmatched anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall security, WISE provides blockbuster protection for your PC. In fact, the technologies in WISE have won a combined 11 PC Magazine Editors’ Choice awards! These technologies provide more complete protection than competing products to proactively block: viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, data theft, rootkits, hackers, intrusions, keyloggers…”

Webroot is allowing up to three computers to be protected and with a ten dollar discount. This works out to an amount under seventeen dollars per computer. It is a huge bargain.

Protect yourself with an award-winning program. If you have more than one computer, you need to protect all of them. We want you to be safe online and just securing one machine is not enough. You do not want to be spreading malware when you synchronize your machines or share files between the machines.

This Webroot offer would be an exceptional gift to any friend or family member who does not pay much attention to Internet security. This is an easy to use program that you can give for year round computer security. And remember, this offer allows you to protect three computers.

Malware on the Rise

There are times when malware seems to be everywhere. Even a large, security conscious company like Google can be exploited. This week, Elinor Mills reported that Google Doodle had been compromised:

Online scammers are taking advantage of the public’s interest in the Google Doodle to spread malware, a security firm warned on Tuesday.

In so-called “SEO poisoning,” scammers use search engine optimization techniques to increase the distribution of malware. They create special malware-rigged Web sites or hide malware on legitimate Web sites they’ve compromised and then use tags associated with popular search terms to get them listed high up in search engine results.

And with the holidays nearly upon us, malware will be in our email. For example, hackers will load malware onto email that looks like a holiday greeting card. Once the person opens that email – expecting it to be from a friend or family member – the computer can be compromised. Consider this a warning to not open any email greeting cards this year.

This holiday season is an opportune time for hackers. They too have expenses and they know that people online are rushing. Hackers are counting on any lapse of attention to have malware installed on more and more machines. That is why we recommend security programs such as Webroot Internet Security Essentials (WISE):

… With unmatched antivirus, antispyware and firewall security, WISE provides blockbuster protection for your PC. In fact, the technologies in WISE have won a combined 11 PC Magazine Editors’ Choice awards! These technologies provide more complete protection than competing products to proactively block: viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, data theft, rootkits, hackers, intrusions, keyloggers…

Webroot is allowing up to three computers to be protected and with a ten dollar discount. This works out to an amount under seventeen dollars per computer. It is a huge bargain.

Protect yourself with an award winning program. We want you to be safe online. This would be an exceptional gift to any friend or family member who does not pay much attention to internet security. This is an easy to use program that you can give for year round computer security. And remember, this offer will protect up to three machines.