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Online Security Part2

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Last instalment we looked at the first things you should take care of be be secure online. Lets continue with more things to be careful with -

4. Dont click links in emails and on websites unless you are 100% sure that its a clean link. It is quite easy for scammers to display the webpage link with one name, yet when you click on it it goes to another (malware) page. How to tell ? If you put your mouse (hover) over the link – in Outlook it will pop up with where its taking you, and in your Web Browser it will show the true link down the bottom in the status bar. Make sure they match and that its where you mean to go. One way to get around link issues is to type the address yourself into your web browser – that way you are not clicking on a link to get there and so cant be misled. Current Internet Security software also should be able to block you going to known malware sites.

5. Update your browser. Whilst keeping your PC updated with windows update is a good idea there can also be updates to your browser (which dont get included with windows update – especially if you use firefox or chrome) which may include security fixes. Firefox has an auto updating feature but you can always manually get updates from the website of the browser maker eg. for Firefox.

6. Dont give your email out. To anyone. Yes this seems a bit extreme but its the only way to control who spams you. Also alot of spammers use dictionary attacks so dont use a simple name like since its a simple name to guess and based on a dictionary name. So be a bit more complicated – or will help reduce dictionary attacks. And just give the email to your close firends and those you MUST give it to. It may even be worth getting a second email setup for maling lists and general things that you can close if it gets listed in too many spammers databases.

Keep safe and we’ll look at the last few tricks in the next installment.

Online Security Part1

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

We get alot of requests for info on online security and what can be done to prevent (or minimise the chance which is more the right thing to say) getting infected with spyware/malware and compromising the PC. Here is the first part of our 3 part good management for you and your PC.

1. Make sure you have good AntiVirus (AV) protection. A product that covers both virus and spyware/malware is a must. This program should stop you running infected files and monitor your PC for getting infected. The advanced version of the anti virus product is called Internet Security (IS) – which normally covers AV as well as web protection (from clicking on bad links) and firewall protection (to stop in bound hacking attempts and more importantly block your information being sent out from the PC. Especially required if you do intrnet banking). We use Kaspersky for this. ALSO make sure its updated (there is no point in having a AV product thats out of date – it will miss all the latest threats.).

2. Software updates – this is not critical in the protection game (at least compared to AV/IS) but is important. At minimum you should do the Microsft Windows service packs and update things like Adobe Acrobat and Adboe Flash – since these program are used on many websites andcan be used to install malware on your PC without you knowing about it. The Adobe programs can be downloaded from

3. Have a strong password ! It is so easy to create a password for your account, and make it sure its not something stupid like ‘password’ or your name… then if anyone tries to gain access to your PC it creates another layer of protection they have to try and get through. Tips for a strong password include having 6+ characters, including upper and lower case letters,  and using numbers.

We’ll look at more donts and dos in the next installment.