A big trend in the virus and spyware industry in recent months has been seemingly trustworthy ads for free spyware and virus removal that is in fact malware itself. Trouble is, it looks legitimate to those that don’t know any better, and when the software is downloaded and installed, it ends up finding a lot of critical infections and offers to remove them…for a price. This is what is known as rogue software, and chances are if you’re paid for it, you’re out that money and should consider canceling your credit card.Details
These days, we must all keep track of our online passwords for work and personal use of everything from email to Facebook. Many people use the same passwords for all of their accounts, and it’s often something that’s easy to remember. In some cases, users will go months (or years) without changing their passwords. There are many excellent reasons to change your password. If your computer is infected with viruses or spyware, they be monitoring your online activity. After the computer has been cleaned, it’s a good idea to change your passwords.Details
As briefly described in the last post, Microsoft released a record number of patches and updates for Windows yesterday on it’s monthly Patch Tuesday release cycle. In total, 14 patches addressing 34 vulnerabilities, only a few of which are critical, but all should be downloaded and installed via Windows Update. Waiting to update could potentially mean leaving Windows at risk to be infected by viruses specifically designed to take advantage of the flaws in Windows at some point.Details
One of our Nerds, Talia Johnson sent us this good news…
“This morning David R. asked me if Astaro protected from this type of infection.
I contacted Astaro for confirmation and was informed that Astaro has had protection from this infection for a number of weeks now. If your clients have the Astaro Security Gateway with web and mail filtering they do not need to worry about being infected by this online.
Microsoft has not yet patched the .lnk vulnerability I wrote about last week. In the meantime, though, AV vendor Sophos has released a free tool that they claim will fix the problem. This has been a serious issue. A number of malware writers have already released exploits targeting this flaw. Everyone should exercise even more…Details
Several folks responded to the previous post with the same question regarding the CVV code on credit cards. This is the three-digit code stamped on the back of the card. Actually, Visa calls it a CVV. It is also referred to as a CVC, CVC2, CVV2, or CID by other card issuers. It often appears…Details