A Stitch in Time Saves More Than Nine

Be afraid… be very afraid! Is your computer running slowly of late? Are files vanishing with regularity from your hard drive? Is your hard drive’s light blinking madly even when you are not accessing the same? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, it is high time that you scanned your PC for malwares.

There are different types of malwares out there in the wild and they are targeting vulnerable PC’s like yours. Most people just install an antivirus program and are contented in the knowledge that their computer is safe from prying eyes. This is a gross misunderstanding. There was a time, a decade of so ago, when a decent antivirus was more that sufficient to protect your PC from various kinds of attacks, but nowadays it is not adequate. While new and dangerous viruses are being unleashed with rapid regularity, some new breeds of malware are ruling the roost. These are generally termed as malwares and consist of adwares, trojans, keyloggers, spywares, etc. Then there are phishing websites that look like a real website, but are a disguised version of the same.

All these things have just a single intent in mind and that is to secure your private information without alerting you. Are you sure that your bank’s website is the genuine? Hid you check out for the ‘https://’ in the url or not? Did you visit your bank’s website by clicking on the link you received, purportedly, from your bankers via an email that threatened that your bank’s account would be freezed unless you changed your password. The email included a link to the password changing section of your bank’s website. You can bet that this link leads to a phishing website that resembles your bank’s website accurately.

Even if you have not received any email and are just checking your account status via online banking, is there any guarantee that your details are not being compromised? If your computer is infected with a keylogger, each and every keystroke of yours is being recorded and is being sent to some unauthorized person via the internet. Yes, these people can easily gain access to your credit card information and even the details of your bank account, including the logging name and password. Does this sound very scary? It should and you should be afraid… very afraid, unless you have taken proper precautions.

There are certain programs available for free on the net and by using them; you can thwart the intentions of these malicious persons. Though no program guarantees to protect your PC from all types of attacks, the level of protection gets enhanced if you install a few of them. You can search and install a few freeware programs like ‘Adaware’, ‘Spybot Search & Destroy’, and ‘Spywareblaster’ to enhance the security of your PC while surfing the net or while accessing your email. Ensure that you download them from the author’s or publisher’s website only. Install them and update their signatures on a regular basis, preferably daily. This will help increase the security of your PC.

I’ll follow up with more articles which will further educate you about these creatures, how to identify them, how they gain access to your PC and how you can prevent them from attacking your PC. I’ll also follow up with in depth articles that will guide you to keep your computer safe and secure.

The author of this article is a freelance typographer and also writes articles. He can be contacted at: parsibagan@gmail.com

How Safe Are Mac Users From Spyware?

Currently, it is true to say that any Spyware program targeted at Mac computers would spread at a rather slow speed for one simple reason. And that is the fact that only about 3 per cent of the computers linked to the World Wide Web today are macs using Mac OS or Mac operating system.

What this means is that every time the virus attempts to spread, it will find that 97 per cent of the time they will be facing a PC or non-mac computer.

Unfortunately the result of this has been to give many Mac users a false sense of security that is laving an increasing number of them very vulnerable. The reality is that there are numerous Spyware and Adware malicious software in the market today that are capable of attacking and infecting Mac users.

There has even been talk for sometime now that it is only a matter of time before a hybrid software capable of infecting both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS hits the web. This kind of software ld spread very rapidly and wreck havoc amongst Mac users most of whom are vulnerable to such an attack due to the inadequate protection that most have.

Yet there is really no excuse and every Mac user should take the threat very seriously indeed and take a serious look at Adware and Spyware removal programs available for the Mac. The need for free mac spyware removal programs that are available online is rapidly growing and there is no reason why every Mac user should not take advantage of them and thus protect themselves from a real danger and threat that is capable of causing havoc and serious damage.

Read more on spyware dangers you must avoid for your Mac.

How to Protect Your Computer

It is very obvious that more people are using computers these days and more people are on the web on daily basis. For this reason most computer users are now increasingly concerned with web safety. Computer safety tips are sought after more and more. The predominant availability of personal computers and connections to the internet provides most people with around the clock access to information, financial services, and shopping. The World Wide Web is also an amazing tool for educators and students to communicate and learn. However, this frequent use of computer brings out more and more hackers and con artists and requires that web users observe some essential tips on how to protect their computer.

It is so unfortunate that certain individuals take advantage of the Internet to perpetrate criminal activities. As with any new technology, there are always individuals prepared to exploit this great new technology illegally for personal gain. Hackers can try to gain illegal access to your computer and then utilize that login to take over your identity, defraud you, or even launch internet attacks against other web users. By following the preferred computer safety tips outlined below, you can minimize the harm cyber hackers can do not only to your computer, but to many other people’s computer.

Unfortunately, there is not a single computer security method or technological solution that will eliminate online crime. These generally accepted computer safety tips highlight that using practices that include Internet habits as well as technological solutions can make a difference. Technical solutions (software) are increasingly necessary and cannot be eliminated with just good practices.

The following recommended computer safety tips will to some extent help you protect your computer from unauthorized access.

  1. Whenever you’re online or offline try to protect your private information. Make sure you know who you’re communicating with on the internet. Especially when you are in a chat room. Do not give out your password, social security number, and credit card number
  2. Remember the web is like a shopping mall where any body can enter. Protect your computer with the use of anti-virus software, a firewall, and anti-spyware software to ensure your computer is protected and secure
  3. Be sure that you do regular update of your computer
  4. Be sure to use very strong passwords to protect your information. Do not use your nickname or your surname. When using numbers, do not use your birthday
  5. Do not forget to back up critical files

Mac users are immune to spyware: Myth or Reality?

There are many Mac users who do not have time to hear stories of Spyware. They think they are totally immune to any danger spyware. But is this true? Is this fact or just a myth?

It is true that the Mac is very different structure from that of the PC, which means a PC from spyware strain will not be as effective with Macs. Which means that someone has to create a spyware program intended exclusively for Macs. But even then there would be another problem. It is estimated that less than 3 percent of the computers connected to the World Wide Web are the Macs that normally use the Mac operating system (Mac OS). What this means is that every time the spyware virus tries to spread what is more than 97 percent of the computers you come across PC or Mac computers would be.

This is one of the reasons why the Mac spyware tends to spread in such a low rate. But the truth is that Mac owners need to protect themselves against spyware and, in fact, we have a lot of decent Mac-based anti-spyware software on the market these days.

Then Mac users need to consider another frightening possibility that sooner or later succeed on the Web. And that spyware is capable of adapting to affect both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. In fact, security experts have been warning about this possibility for a long time.

If you are a Mac user reading this, it is advisable that you leave your false sense of security as soon as possible, to avoid future disasters.