Category: Virus/Spyware/Spam/Security

Security flaw with Windows Vista: Animated cursors

April 4th, 2007 by

A new security flaw has been found in Windows Vista.  The animated cursor!  Animated cursors are icons used, whether cartoons, rockets, oversized pencils, etc., to replace the traditional cursor.  Usually, these cursors are first downloaded from the Internet and then installed on the computer.  By using an animated cursor, a hacker may take over your…

What to look for in a spam blocker

February 21st, 2007 by

A spam blocker is key to have nowadays, especially with the influx of bulk e-mails and e-mail advertisements.  A spam blocker will detect spam, or unwanted e-mails, and then send them to a junk/spam folder within your e-mail inbox, or delete them permanently if opted.  It is easy to delete unwanted e-mails, but it takes up time and attention. …

How to prevent identity theft

February 12th, 2007 by

Identity theft is on the rise with the increasing number of computers bought every year.  Theives attempt identity theft through a number of ways, including: e-mail scams, spyware, pop-ups, and webcams.  At the worst, the theif can steal your credit card information or bank online details and run up a nice tab. Here’s how to…

Anti-virus software alone is not good enough

January 17th, 2007 by

Anti-virus software does remove viruses, but you can be more proactive with you protection.  Yes, Norton, Mcafee, PCCillin, AVG and others provide automated protection to computers, but they are reactionary in removing viruses after the viruses are found. You can be more proactive by performing the following: -Do not open suspicious attachments.  -Do not open…

Do you really have a virus?

September 23rd, 2006 by

Your computer may be infected with a virus. But, is it really a virus? Viruses, worms, and trojans may be the culprits. These words are sometimes used identically although they have different meanings. This monthly tip is dedicated to de-mystifying these terms so that you are aware of their meanings, causes, and effects. Virus Definition:…