Its War I Tell You!

There are ways to insure security though. You can get the Windows Update CD from Microsoft and install that before you get online, You can also get most Antivirus Definitions downloaded and save them to disk, then install those before you go online, (of course you have to be using that Product in the first place), and you can get Anti-Spyware on a disk and do the same. But how many people do that in their excitement to take their new computer out of the box and hook it and see what it will do? Sans Internet Storm Center says those people will have their computer infected with adware or worse in less than 20 minutes! Virgin computers online are an easy target, open to attack. When that person soon realizes their brand new computer is sick, first comes the shock, then the anger, then the question; how do I fix it? If the new computer owner is lucky they can fix it fairly cheaply. It might involve a lot of time listening to elevator music while you're in the hold queue?. either way it's no fun.

Education is what's needed here folks.

In this article I plan on touching on simple easy steps you can take to keep your computer happy and safe.

First let's talk about your online connection itself. Dialup, Satellite, DSL, whatever you have, make sure they are secure. Call them and ask them. What kind of Security do they employ to keep your Web surfing secure? Most often they have the info at their site, usually in their 'Privacy Policy".

Ok, now the Browser part. A touchy subject with many. I use Firefox mostly and Internet Explorer only when I have to. Unless you've been living in a hole you know IE has its vulnerabilities. I have nothing against IE folks, it just gets targeted so much because that's what people use most. Hackers, Spammers, Phishers, and the rest know this and swarm like sharks. Firefox has its problems too since now they are getting noticed and thus are having to work harder too at keeping their browser safe too. Whatever you use, keep it updated. Whatever you use, get some monitoring software, like Bigfix or Winpatrol. Learn how they work and you'll be a happy web surfer.

While we're talking about software products, let's think about what you do online. There are many Products out there that try and cover all aspects of protecting your computer, but it's hard to write software though to do all that. I've found a mixture of products do well for me. Right now I use Win patrol, Sygate Firewall, and Avast Antivirus with Ad-Aware SE to cover my bases, but what works for me may not work for you. So how do you find the right combination?. or if you're lucky the single product that will do the job? Education. Pure and simple. You have to become educated in what is going on out there on the World Wide Web and be prepared for it. We're not talking a lot of money either in most cases for this knowledge and help... there are some great products out there that are free! The Web is diverse, with forums, blogs, instant messaging, video conferencing, and of course websites, especially the new XXX ones. Each has its own uniqueness as far as vulnerabilities. Whatever your preference, make sure you're safe.

Chances are though, you'll pick up some spyware. It's hard for the hardware and software suppliers to keep up to the minute patches available, although I've seen patches available in less then 3 hours from some suppliers. Hopefully what gets you will be harmless, just annoying. This kind just puts a cookie on your computer and tracks you as you go from website to website, with marketing info as what they are after. But some Spyware can be nasty! They log your keystrokes, and this means your logins, passwords and credit card numbers.

And now for Email.

How the human race ever did without email we may never know. Its one of the greatest convieniences ever and what a timesaver! You don't need a stamp and there's no dash to the mailbox in the rain, but as always, along with the good comes the bad. People claim in e-mails simple requests, for example, "They just want to use your bank account to put money in, or will you to open this attachment, and please just click on this URL !" Spammers, Hookers, Phishers, Oh My! My advice, scan anything that is not from someone you know with Anti-virus. Never click on a URL from your Bank, go directly to your bank's website yourself from your Browser. Check to see if your mail program has an option to warn you if there is anything in the email that may be a virus, like in Outlook Express. It can be inconvenient sometimes, but worth it. Some of the better web based services like Yahoo have a junk mail folder that helps immensely?. I never even open the folder, I just delete the contents everyday.

Remember, you need to become educated if you're going to be on the Internet. I hope to see in my lifetime the end of Spyware.

About the Author:
Doug Woodall has a website at http://www.spywarebiz.com

There he provides free information and recommended products to combat Spyware.

He is a member of the IWA (International Webmasters Association)

Doug can be reached at [email protected]

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

USA TODAY

First lady Melania Trump calls for firing of national security official
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – In an extraordinary step for a first lady, Melania Trump called Tuesday for the dismissal of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel. "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she (Ricardel) no longer deserves the ...
Melania Trump calls for firing of top national security aide in extraordinary moveNBCNews.com
Trump Considers Staff Shake-Up in White House and Homeland SecurityNew York Times
First lady Melania Trump's office calls for firing of White House national security officialWashington Post
CNN -Wall Street Journal -CBS News -NBCNews.com
all 894 news articles »

USA TODAY

Police chief praises security guard killed by his cop: 'Jemel Roberson was a brave man'
USA TODAY
CHICAGO – Police in suburban Chicago Tuesday called the controversial shooting death of a black security guard by a police officer a “tragic incident,” and praised the guard for exhibiting bravery for subduing a suspect moments before the officer fired ...
Protesters demand justice over fatal shooting of Robbins bar security guardWGN-TV
Death of black security guard by white police officer draws call for investigationPBS NewsHour
Security guard fatally shot by officer 'was doing his best to stop an active shooter': Police chiefABC News
Chicago Tribune -Fox News -Boston 25 News -WGN-TV
all 588 news articles »

NPR

Police Fatally Shoot Black Security Guard Who Detained Shooting Suspect
NPR
When police arrived after reports of a shooting over the weekend at a bar outside Chicago, witnesses say Jemel Roberson, a 26-year-old security guard who worked there, had already subdued the alleged assailant, pinning him to the ground. Adam Harris ...
Suburban Chicago security guard was killed by police while 'doing his job,' lawyer saysCNN
'They basically saw a black man with a gun': Police kill armed guard while responding to callWashington Post
Black Security Guard Responding to Shooting Is Killed by PoliceNew York Times
USA TODAY -TIME -Fox News -WGN-TV
all 841 news articles »

WIRED

The US Sits out an International Cybersecurity Agreement
WIRED
That means it's in their business interest to support measures like the Paris Call, which aim to make the internet a more secure and predictable place. Not every group that supports the Paris Call agrees with all of its tenets. Access Now, an ...


WAFF

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Expected to Leave Trump Administration Soon: Sources
TIME
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has soured on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and she is expected to leave her job, perhaps as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue. Trump has blamed Nielsen ...
Trump eyeing Homeland Security, White House shakeupWAFF
Trump is preparing to remove Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary, aides sayWashington Post
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expected to leave by end of yearCBS News
Reuters -WGN-TV
all 842 news articles »

AOL

'El Chapo' Guzman trial begins under unprecedented security measures
CNN
His long-awaited trial before US District Court Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn federal court began with opening statements under unprecedented security measures, including armed escorts for the anonymous and partly sequestered jurors. Government ...
US trial of Mexico's 'El Chapo' begins amid heavy securityAOL
El Chapo Trial Prompts Intense SecurityKAAL

all 1,143 news articles »

Quartz

Ethiopia says its security heads ordered an attack of the country's new prime minister
Quartz
12), attorney general Berhanu Tsegaye said evidence indicated senior members of the country's security branches orchestrated an attack against Abiy at a rally in June, according to Reuters. Two people were killed and scores injured after a grenade went ...
Ethiopia's security forces wanted Oromos to kill Abiy: Attorney Generalafricanews

all 407 news articles »

mySanAntonio.com

Homeland Security agent to plead guilty in child porn case
mySanAntonio.com
A federal agent has signed a plea deal in which he admits he received and accessed thousands of images of child pornography. Richard Nikolai Gratkowski, 40, who has been with Homeland Security Investigations since 2008, took a plea offer instead of ...

and more »

France Diplomatie (press release)

Cybersecurity: Paris Call of 12 November 2018 for Trust and Security in Cyberspace
France Diplomatie (press release)
On 12 November at the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum (IGF), President Emmanuel Macron launched the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. This high-level declaration on developing common principles for securing cyberspace has already ...
IGF 2018 | Internet Governance ForumInternet Governance Forum
Macron and tech giants launch 'Paris call' to fix internet illsReuters

all 172 news articles »

WPLG Local 10

Charge dropped against Broward County school security guard who had gun in car
WPLG Local 10
DANIA BEACH, Fla. - Broward County school security guard Nathaniel Strowbridge is no longer facing criminal charges after he was found to have a gun stowed in his car that was parked at the school. Strowbridge was arrested on the first day of school, Aug.

and more »
Google News

Online Shopping: 10 Tips For Safe Online Shopping

Have you ever bought a product or service from the... Read More

How to Thwart the Barbarian Spyware!

Today,on most internet user's computers, we have the ability to... Read More

Viruses and Worms, Protection from Disaster

Virus damage estimated at $55 billion in 2003. "SINGAPORE -... Read More

Social Engineering: You Have Been A Victim

Monday morning, 6am; the electric rooster is telling you it's... Read More

Phishing

Recently I have received email from my bank/credit Card Company,... Read More

Keeping Worms Out of Your Network...

No auntie Sookie, not earth worms, computer virus worms that... Read More

Data Security; Are Your Company Assets Really Secure?

Is your data secure? Think again. Securing data is unlike... Read More

Another Fine Mess!

I'm in the Anti-Spyware business, and I'm doing a lot... Read More

Be Alert! Others Can Catch Your Money Easily!

So called phishers try to catch the information about the... Read More

Identity Theft -- 10 Simple Ways to Protect Your Good Name!

Identity Theft is one of the most serious problems facing... Read More

8 Surefire Ways to Spot an E-Mail Identity Theft Scam!

The E-Mail Identity Theft Scam is running Rampant. These E-Mail... Read More

Personal Firewalls - Secure Your Computer

There has not been a time in the history of... Read More

Email Hoaxes, Urban Legends, Scams, Spams, And Other CyberJunk

The trash folder in my main inbox hit 4000 today.... Read More

Is The Internet Over Regulated

Today's Internet or World Wide Web is being over regulated.But,... Read More

Beware of Imitations! Security, Internet Scams, and the African Real Estate Agenda

Fishing on the Internet has come a long way. However,... Read More

Spyware, This Time Its Personal!

First the basic definition of Spyware: It is a type... Read More

New CipherSend Online Security Service Thwarts Email Address Theft And Soothes Password Fatigue

In 1997, I decided after 15 years as a practicing... Read More

Virus Prevention 101

Blaster, Welchia, Sobig, W32, Backdoor, Trojan, Melissa, Klez, Worm, Loveletter,... Read More

Internet Identity Theft - How You Can Shield Yourself

With the advent of the World Wide Web, a whole... Read More

Dont Allow Hackers to Take Out Money from Your Bank Account

If you know what is the 'Fishing' then it's very... Read More

7 Ways to Spot a PayPal Scam E-Mail

Paypal is a great site and is used by many... Read More

Protecting Your Children On The Internet

If you are a parent, as am I, I think... Read More

Traditional Antivirus Programs Useless Against New Unidentified Viruses!

Every now and then you can read about a new... Read More

Just Whos Computer is this Anyway?

Well, this is an article I never thought I would... Read More

Virus Nightmare..Lessons Learned

I got a virus the other day, Thursday I believe... Read More