May 27, 2011

It's the Web Web West

So where was I? Ah yes, I had just told you that the internet continues to be the new Wild Wild West - which anyone with any sense already knew. Yeah, it’s dangerous out there. And naturally everyone then says, okay, where do we go from here?

There are some things you can do to keep yourself a tad bit safer while cruising the cloudy pages. The real problem as always is… The bad guys only have to find one hole. The good guys have to guard everything. It’s a very lopsided war and very hard for the good guys to remain alive, no matter how hard they work. You can do everything right and still get bit.

The only saving grace in this scenario is that people tend to be lazy - they’re gonna go for the easiest thing they can get unless it’s a vendetta. Soooooo….

Your goal is not to be one of the "low hanging fruit”. Let’s begin.


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May 24, 2011

Scareware - The Bane of Web Browsing

I can hear the collective groan now from all three of the readers who persevere and click through to see if I got around to posting something. Yes, we must periodically talk tech. After all, if you are reading this, you are on the internet, using tech, and you should occasionally give some consideration to your safety online. However, I shall place the majority below the fold if you'd like to skip it... cause I'm nice that way. BTW - I am starting with a Mac story, but I do have a couple of things to say about Windows and Linux too.

Or just look at the pretty picture instead...

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May 15, 2011


Testing. You can ignore this. Just wanted to check & see if basic posting will work from my iPad. So far yes.

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May 02, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Trojans Oh My

Saw this story today at Cnet and thought it might be time to once again remind people... beware of trojans - no matter what type of computer you use.

New MACDefender malware discovered for OS X

Naturally we have the people who hate Apple all saying with that lovely little sneer... "I thought Apple people said there is no malware for Mac."   

Ho-hum.  I have never said that.  However, this is not a virus.  It is a trojan malware that is using phishing techniques to get onto systems.  Anyone with any computer is susceptible to phishing scams. 

This is a multistep process that you have to allow and even enter your system password and give it permission to install itself.  So it's not like you open a website or an email and "bam" you have something.

While this threat is a new attack attempt on OS X users, its threat level is relatively low because it does require a fair amount of user interaction to install the malware. You have to first provide the correct search terms to the search engine, and then proceed with the installation by manually clicking the buttons in the installer window. As long as you avoid doing this for software you have not purposefully downloaded, then you should be good to go.

If you use a Mac and you browse with Safari - please please please - go to the Safari menu --> Preferences --> General tab and UNCHECK the box at the bottom that says "open Safe files after downloading". 

You should never allow something to download and open itself.  Ever.  Even if you downloaded it because you wanted it.  Your computer does NOT know the difference between what you downloaded because you wanted it and what got downloaded because a hacker put it on a web page to auto download.

It's easy enough to find the file you downloaded either on your desktop or in your download folder then click it to open.  This will save you much grief. Auto open of anything is much like the stupid settings in Windows and Mac that don't show you file extensions.  Yet another idiot method to get crap on your system before you have a chance to stop it.

Anyhow - that's my public service announcement for the day.

If I can find the time I am working on some posts about how to protect your computer online so you don't get bitten when it can be avoided.  Maybe one day I will get the chance to post it.  All I need is some time.  Ha - right.

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