Archive for June, 2010

You not only have to update your antivirus, you have to upgrade it as well

Posted on June 16th, 2010 in Antivirus | No Comments »

All software must be upgraded, even your antivirus. When a person or a company creates software, they usually know that it is going to have to be upgraded in the future. So they work with technology that will allow them to easily do this. There are several reasons why a company must upgrade their software. The most common reason is because of the fact that they have made serious improvements to the software that warrants a new release. Also they might have you upgrade the software because there was a problem in the previous version that they could not address without you doing a brand new install. No matter the reason, you should always upgrade your software, especially your antivirus software.

Some people will confuse the fact that they updated their antivirus with upgrading their antivirus. When you update the software it just means that you are being fed new virus definitions to scoop out threats with. Upgrading means that you are installing a new version of the software. Updating your antivirus is always a good thing, especially when there are new attacks set loose upon the public every day. New updates seek to have the user’s antivirus be able to protect them whenever a new threat occurs. But an upgrade can make that protection even more efficient. Some upgrades will offer a speed improvement; others may offer better scanning of the latest antivirus. Other upgrades may include the fact that they can update you on a faster basis. No matter the reason for the upgrade, it is something that you should do and get in the habit of doing.

If you are a user of a paid version of a particular antivirus software, then you might have to pay for the new upgrade. If you want to be sure that you are getting the very best in protection then you should really think about paying the cost. Sure, in most cases you will still be able to download the updates for the latest antivirus definitions. But if you do not upgrade then you will still be missing the improved protection that the people who upgraded are sure to get. And when you are surfing the web, every little piece of protection really matters.

There are some things that you may have to worry about when an upgrade cycle comes around. You have to realize, when you are upgrading a piece of software, you are pretty much putting a new version of the software on the computer. This new version has the potential to go wrong. It may even conflict with something in the system that it didn’t before. This is especially true if you have an older version of the operating system. So before you upgrade the software, make sure that you have read the instructions and you have everything that is needed on a system that runs that particular software.

When you are running an antivirus on the system that you are using, it is a good idea to make sure that you are part of the upgrade cycle of that software. This will allow you to always have the latest in protection against the threats on the internet.

Protect Windows 7 from Flash exploits

Posted on June 14th, 2010 in Security, Windows 7 | No Comments »

If you are a Windows 7 user then you are protected from a lot of the threats that exist on the internet. But like all technology that involves a large code base, there are still threats and holes in the software that will be found and used against the average user. The main thing that you really have to worry about on the latest systems is holes coming from software that you installed on the computer. Even though the operating system itself may be more secured does not mean that the programs that run on it are secured as well. One of the seemingly biggest threats when it comes to this is the Adobe created software, Flash.

When you are running flash on your system, sometimes you can be exposed to threats that may pop up. Adobe is usually pretty good in closing off the threats as soon as they appear but that means that people have to download the upgrade to Flash so that their system will not be affected. So this is the first thing that you can do to protect your system from exploits that come from having Flash installed. Make sure that you check to see if there are any new threats that you have to worry about. You can usually find this information out by going to a tech news web site such as CNET. If there are any new threats, then make sure that you visit the Adobe web site and download the fix from there.

Another way that you can avoid Flash compromising you system is to use software that will block Flash from running unless you tell it to. If you are running either the Firefox browser or Chrome, you can add extensions that will block Flash from running on a web site unless you give it permission to do so. This means that if you trust the site that you are on, you can allow it to run the Flash that they may have installed on the site. If you are on a site that you have never visited before, then keep Flash block running until you are comfortable with the site. This may take several visits so do not rush it.

The last thing that you can do as a Windows user to avoid having Flash create a problem on your system is to update Windows itself. Usually when there is a hole found in the Adobe software, Microsoft will either offer the newly patched Flash software themselves or they will fix the hole that the vulnerability is taking advantage of. So to keep yourself protected from the threats, all you have to do is what you should be doing in the first place and that is keeping up with the latest updates from Microsoft. Keeping up with these updates will not only secure your from Flash threats, it will also protect you from many numerous other threats out there as well.

So if you are going to run Flash on your system, then you must be prepared for the threats that are there. With these three methods, you will be prepared for whatever comes your way.

Stop phishing attacks – it’s up to you!

Posted on June 10th, 2010 in Security | No Comments »

For a long time, there has been a debate on which operating system was the best in regards to security. Some people would argue that Linux was the best. Others would argue that Os X was the best and was prettier to look at than Linux. Even recently, Microsoft has been able to boast about the newest security features available in Windows 7. But the fact is the operating system is only part of the battle when it comes to the security of your system. The other part of the battle to keeping your computer cleaned from infestation is the programs that you run and you the user. We will not go too much into the programs that you run in this article but we will talk about things that you the user can do to prevent security mishaps from happening to your system.

As a computer user in the new informational age, you must be more aware of the places that you visit on the internet. Most people are not aware of the dangers that can come to them when they visit a rogue web site. That is okay, you are not expected to be a security expert. But if you take the time to learn what to avoid when you get to a web site, then 90% of the threats that are out there can be avoided.

What to do to stop phishing attacks

The first thing that you can do is to make sure that you are on the page that you are supposed to be on. One of the biggest attacks that happen on the internet are phishing attacks. This is when you a visit a site that looks like a normal site that you would visit but it is actually a fake. A good example of web sites that people will set up a fake version of are Banking web sites. These sites are set to trap unsuspecting users. There is an easy way to avoid this happening to you. You can look at the URL of the site that you are at and make sure that it is the place that you are supposed to be. You check the URL in the address bar at the top of your browser. For example if you’re supposed to be at but the address bar says, then you are on the wrong web site. Some people use Google as their way to surf the web but you are really supposed to use the address bar. Checking the URL will help stop you from being caught up in most phishing attacks.

Email phishing attacks

Email phishing attacks

Another thing that you can do to help your security while on the computer is to not trust any download that comes your way. Black hat hackers have the ability to take over even your friend’s accounts on either social media web sites or their email. So do not trust anything that you have to download. You can go ahead and download it but you must scan it right after. Scan it with an updated antivirus. You should always have an updated and upgraded antivirus installed on your computer for this purpose. If not, then you could be in real trouble.

These are only a few of the many ways that you can help secure yourself and your computer from malicious phishing attacks. The biggest point is that you should use common sense when you are surfing the internet.