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Infosecurity (UK) – RSA Europe: Identity theft is too easy and can even be automated says IT security expert

A followup on the article I posted yesterday…

This describes a presentation that was given during a security conference where the presenter went through the steps he took to obtain the data necessary to steal an identity.  Not altogether easy he said, but there are tools available that make it simpler.  Search engines themselves do a lot of the work.

Bottom line is that you must resist the urge to share personal information that we generally just don’t think of as personal.  We try to be social and have fun but don’t always think of the risk.  It’s easy to say “who would really want to steal my identity?”  After it actually happens I don’t think that’s what you’ll be saying…

Source: Infosecurity (UK) – RSA Europe: Identity theft is too easy and can even be automated says IT security expert.

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Sponsored search results lead to malware

A short story:

A few days ago I recommended a software product to a friend of mine.  I provided the web address to the product but later that day when he went to download it my friend couldn’t remember the exact URL.  Being a pretty smart guy, he went to a search engine and punched in what he thought I told him to search for.

The end result was the ended up downloading a $50 program that didn’t do any more than the free program I recommended.  He’s lucky though.  At least the program did what the site said it would do.

Just because a site hits high in the search results or shows up in the “sponsored links” doesn’t mean that it links to a quality product.  Placing a website in one of these key positions is related only to paying a few dollars to the search engine companies.

Be careful what you download and listen to that little voice when it tells you that “you may not want to click on that.”

Source: Sponsored search results lead to malware

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Wireless Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers – Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News – FOXNews.com

I’ve fallen into this bad habit on occasion as well.  The laptop is handy, I just need to check a few emails…I wonder if there is wifi available here…lucky me, I’m getting a pretty good signal…

Take heed, just because you can access the Internet doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.  It is not difficult for hackers to set up a wifi connection that listens for and steals whatever information passes through the access point.

Make sure you know what you’re connecting to, who is running it, and utilize a good level of security while doing it.  If the access point is not secure then don’t do anything over the connection with personal or private information.

Source: Wireless Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers – Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News – FOXNews.com

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7 Practices for Computer Security

This web page presents a terrific checklist and primer for being safe on the Internet.  The items listed in the article are the following:

  1. Protect your personal information.
  2. Know who you’re dealing with.
  3. Use security software that updates automatically.
  4. Keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, and learn about their security features.
  5. Keep your passwords safe, secure, and strong.
  6. Back up important files.
  7. Learn what to do in an emergency.

Take some time to look over the guidance and follow it at home as well as at work. It will help make your time on-line much safer.

Source: Computer Security – OnGuard Online