Secure Computing Corporation released their Q2 Internet Threat Report. According to their research, both spam and new zombies are down this year, but other areas are increasingly problematic. Key findings from their report:
Some tips to protect yourself:
- Don’t click on pop-up messages that come when you are using web sites. Some pop-ups look like real messages (for example – you need anti-virus protection)
- Be careful of opening email attachments
- Ensure you have an anti-virus program to begin with, and regularly run spyware scanning software
- Make sure your software and patches are up to date
- Regularly backup your data so you can recover it if needed
Also don’t forget plain common sense, and remember that any personal information you put out there on the internet is findable by someone – including bad guys.
Christopher Null on Yahoo! Tech blog talks about how “Forgot your password” links is often an easy way for hackers to get in to your accounts. With so much personal information out there in social media profiles, etc., the answers to your “secret” security questions might not be so secret.
Laura Leites, Assistant Editor, Smallbiztechnology.com