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A misbehaving computer system may not be caused by a virus, but
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I've alerted the parents of my 9 grandchildren, and they're getting
Kids ID's for each of my Grandkids.
They're ordering the FREE Safety Resource package that includes
colorful plastic ID cards, Plastic ID Tags, a fingerprint kit, an
Internet Ready Digital ID, and more.
The Internet-Ready, Digital ID provides a digital identification
that can be quickly provided and emailed to authorities for use with
Amber Alert. The digital ID can also be printed on the family's home
computer, providing a temporary copy of the child's ID until the
plastic cards arrive.
The package is FREE, however there is a small charge for mailing it
The Numbers, from a National Cyber Security
Alliance and McAfee Inc. study
78 percent of consumer PCs in the U.S. are not
protected (defined as not having up-to-date anti-virus,
anti-spyware, and a correctly configured firewall)
93 percent of PC users believe
they are protected !
That statistic really alarms me. WHY?
The Holidays are coming - big shopping opportunities for buying from
the internet - big opportunities for criminals to take
advantage of web shoppers' buying fervor.
Also super great opportunity for those criminals to try out their
latest subterfuges and malicious tricks - one of which is promoting
"Rogue Security Software" which can drop Trojans into your system
and trap you in a botnet.
Rogue security software masquerades as a helpful security program,
but uses malware or malicious tools to advertise or compel users to
pay for the removal of non-existent spyware. These software makers
often use social engineering to trick consumers into buying their
fraudulent anti-spyware or anti-virus products.
It's also a perfect opportunity to
update yourself, your family, and your friends on the dangers of
Rogue Security Software.
November 1, 2007Treasure Troves of Valuable
for you to Discover them in Blogs
I'm a blogger(*) and if you are reading this, you probably are, too.
In a broad sense, bloggers(*) not only create and publish
information, they search for, read, and benefit from the mother lode
of treasures awaiting discovery in someone else's weblog.
If you noticed the new addition in my list of favorite blogs (down
there in the left sidebar), I added it because it is my recently
discovered abundance of smart and practical ways for handling,
saving, and enjoying money.
security software firm F-Secure reports that E-mails
containing malicious PDF files have been putting computers at risk
since last week.
The e-mails were made to look like like credit card statements which
contained an attachment called 'report.pdf."
When viewed on vulnerable machines, these PDF files start
downloading software from servers in Malaysia or Sweden.
It's important to note that The F-Secure firm expects continuing
The Adobe Company has issued a bulletin with instructions to
protect vulnerable users. This issue only affects customers on
Windows XP or Windows 2003 with Internet Explorer 7 installed who
are using Adobe Reader Version 8.1 and Acrobat 8.1
They urge affected users to update to Adobe Reader 8.1.1 or Acrobat
Adobe Security Bulletin provides information and links to
update files to Adobe Reader Version 8.1.1 and Acrobat 8.1.1 to
protect against malicious Code in spam emails with PDF attachments.
In their September
edition of the Intelligence monthly report, MessageLabs* Company
published these statistics -
up 73.5% of the emails they processed in September
(a decrease of 0.5% since August) Viruses One in 48.8 emails in September
(an increase of 0.8% since August) Phishing One in 87.2 emails comprised a
(an increase of 0.6% since August)
The report included these eye-opening and unnerving statistics -
Phishing attacks have overtaken the numbers of virus or
trojan attacks. A
typical large attack could involve 20,000 to 80,000 emails, and in
as many as 200,000 or more. Smaller scale attacks could be made-up
waves each containing between 1,000 and 2,000 emails amounting to
5,000 and 10,000 overall.
Spammers are highly creative and sophisticated in their
attempts to bypass
spam filters. For years, image spam (poisoned jpg files) has been
popular, with spammers using a variety of different techniques to
detection more difficult. They are now resorting to more clever
These new methods enable the phishing sites to be hosted on
The IP addresses of these botnets are changed regularly, making it
difficult to track the spammers back to their lairs.
As both MessageLabs* and anti-spam providers improve their
processing techniques, spammers are increasingly switching to a new
image entrapment format - PDF
It is not difficult to include poisoned links in PDF pages -
links that lead
unsuspecting readers to entrapment in botnets.
PDF spam is an increasing problem and MessageLAbs* reports
that it now
accounts for around 20% of spam.
Not only do we need to be aware of these increasingly more
traps when surfing at home, but those of us who have the opportunity to review
PDF files at work must consider the potential dangers to our
Do your part - don't abuse
employer allowed surfing privileges
...Richard Tags:pdf spamspam,
provides messaging and web security management services
for over 15,000 clients worldwide, with around 1.5 billion emails
each week on their behalf.
October 12, 2007Planning
to take toys to your grandkids for the
upcoming holiday celebrations?
In a recent Press Release, the
Transportation Security Administration alerted Airline passengers
who pack remote-control toys in their carry-on bags to expect a
little more security screening at the airports.
associated with a specific threat at this time, TSA is aware that
remote control toys can be used to initiate devices used in
terrorist attacks. Accordingly, Transportation Security Officers
have trained on this possibility and travelers
may encounter additional screening when bringing remote control
devices in carry-on baggage.
October 1, 2007How Did
You Teach Your Children To Be Safe
When They Were learning to Surf the Internet?
We'd love to learn how you taught your kids to
be cautious and careful and avoid the threats from online scammers
and pedophiles when they were learning to explore the "web".
As parents, grandparents and guardians, we
are reminded constantly to help our children enjoy the pleasures and
excitement of the Internet in safety.
My own grandchildren learned how to boot up their family
computers at a very early age. For the youngest of
them, it was simply a matter of watching their older sisters and brothers as
they chatted online with their friends, worked on their school lessons, and
explored the mysteries of the cyber universe.
parents recognize that the Internet provides an exciting and
learning experiences for their children. Teaching online safety, and
learning together is a wonderful way for any family to enjoy it.
Your experiences and successes could help a lot of other parents and
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Thanks for caring, and sharing....Richard
Tags: kids Internet safety
October 1, 2007
Protecting our Kid's
(*)I'm a proud grandparent of 9
precious grandchildren and the last thing in this world that I ever
want to see is someone hurting them.
I'm certain that this
doesn't make me any different than every other parent, grandparent
or child guardian.
What is a bit different, however, is that I have an opportunity to
help other parents and grandparents do something to help protect our
young children from the most heinous people who prey on them
when they're playing on the Internet - the pedophiles and child
predators hiding in the cyberworld.
I do this through my websites and blogs - usually through news
alerts and product announcements. This message is a product
The product is an eBook I just prepared from information I
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that I believe it will enable all of us to help our kids more easily
understand how serious, and cautious they must be when visiting the
there's a price for this one, but it's only $6.95, and you can
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If you order the eBook and find that it doesn't help you understand,
and explain the threats that these creatures pose, then I'll return
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It's not the money, the most important issue here is the safety of
our children, as you'll see when you visit the order page.
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A breach in your personal privacy
protection could easily lead to
hackers, online, and offline thieves stealing your identity.
Identity Theft is the
fastest growing crime in America, affecting
approximately 900,000 new victims each year!
More than ever, the information explosion, aided by an
era of easy credit, has led to the expansion of a crime
that feeds on the inability of consumers to control who
has access to sensitive information and how it is
Can we fight back? Yes! One of the best ways is to be
informed of the tricks and ploys used by Identity Theft criminals
and to understand how they attack.
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