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Lilly Collins is 2013 most dangerous cyber celebrity according to McAfee

52138b9d17c94a2c82116f12fe87bba10a365_640It’s nothing new and she won’t be the first celebrity search term which could land your computer on a page filled with malware, spam, and viruses, but right now she is the hottest.  McAfee advises that “Looking up the ‘Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ star (and daughter of rocker Phil Collins) on the Web gives you about a 14.5% chance of landing on a page that tested positive for spam, adware, spyware, viruses or other malware,” according to a study by Internet security company.   This means you have about a 1 in 7 chance of finding much more that you ever wanted when your search lands you on a page.

Other top ten searches that may give you more than you bargained for are celebrities: Avril Lavigne, Sandra Bullock, Kathy Griffin and Zoe Saldana.  Katy, Perry, Brittany Spears and Emma Roberts are also among the top 10. According to McAfee’s report women celebrities are more likely to land your computer in hot water than searches for men celebrities.

Miley Cyrus came in at number 20 and her twerking performance on the VMA’s caused a surge in searches using her name, as well as a surge in cyber celebrity dangers.  My dad’s computer reported a virus on a site that was supposedly referred to him by a friend, alleging that she had committed suicide.  Of course that old story is well known spam as it has been used far too often, but not often enough to keep it from going viral. Want to know all of the percentages this year for your favorite celebrity?  The Wall Street Journal breaks it down for you so you can see your chances of encountering a celebrity cyber screw up.

McAfee has been providing the “most dangerous celebrity cyber searches” for seven years.  During this time celebrities like Heidi Klum, Emma Watson, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Biel and Selena Gomez have been listed among the most dangerous cyber searches.  Brad Pitt has been one of the men on the top of the list, but the men searches are fewer and far between.

Of course as part of their list, McAfee offers a number of tips and tricks to help you keep your computer from catching more than  cold including:

  • Be cautious of content offering “free” or “too good to be true”
  • Be extra cautious when searching for hot topics.   My recommendation – got to Google Trends and then head to your the topics through there, or only access those sites of “name brand” celebrity news sources.
  • Protect yourself with comprehensive security.  My recommendation, not only should you have a good security system but pay attention to it.  If your system says “STOP” or doesn’t have the check mark next to the link you probably don’t want to visit there.

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Father of McAfee Antivirus become “person of interest” in Belize

Many of you reading this article right now may have the popular McAfee Antivirus Security System on your computer.  John McAfee,  father of this online security program and pioneer in anti-virus protection, is now under investigation in Belize for the alleged murder of Gregory Faull, an American expatriate and builder from California.

Faull is a neighbor of the now reclusive John McAfee, was found with a gunshot wound to the head, in a pool of blood.  Faull was found in his home on Ambergris Bay, and the police are searching for McAfee as a person of interest.  Although there were no signs of forced entry, Faull’s computer and phone were missing.   “We are looking for him in connection with the murder,” says Robinson, who adds that another suspect is currently in custody – although no charges have been filed yet,” says Vienne Robinson, assistant superintendent of the Belize’s San Pedro police department, when he spoke to Fox News.

This is not McAfee’s first time to be a person of interest with the Belize government.   Faull had called the local authorities regarding McAfee after disputes with him involving guns shots.  The GSU (a special forces and SWAT type team) raided his home to find  $20,000 in cash, a lab stocked with chemistry equipment, seven pump-action shotguns, one single-action shotgun, two 9-mm. pistols, 270 shotgun cartridges, 30 9-mm. pistol rounds, and twenty .38 rounds.  None of which is illegal in Belize.  Apparently neither is a 67 year old man with a 17 year old girlfriend who was seen leaving his bedroom with him as the raid occurred.   Gimzodo, reported last week on McAffee’s purportedly bizarre activities in Belize, stating that his behavior “has become increasingly erratic, and by his own admission he had begun associating with some of the most notorious gangsters in Belize.” Continue reading Father of McAfee Antivirus become “person of interest” in Belize

PayPal Cyber Attack Arrests

Did you get the message?  I did.  Just a few days ago I received the a purported PayPal message that my account was going to have limited access, as well as several other terms and conditions that to be honest sent me into a PayPal rage. Should I have any questions I should use the link below to log into my PayPal account.  Sound familiar?

It was very convincing, however it was a weekend and I thought, “I’ll deal with it later.”  Monday I find that many other people I know received similar messages which of course caused us all to start wondering, “How real is this reality check on our PayPal account?”  It didn’t take long to find out it wasn’t real at all.

Allegedly hackers broke into the PayPal server in a retaliatory attack for WikiLeaks accounts being suspended.   Founded by Julian Assange, Wiki Leaks is an anti-secrecy organization that collects  information and then releases it to the public.  Their founder was arrested in Great Britian last winter after releasing 250,000 State Department documents in which US diplomats were, quite frankly less than complimentary towards their counterparts throughout the world.

(read more about WikiLeaks founder’s arrest)

The FBI reports the arrest of 14 people allegedly involved in the cyber-attack on PayPal.  Other arrests were made overseas in Great Britain and Amsterdam. Reportedly the cybberattacks on PayPal’s website were by the group “Anonymous.”  Anonymous is a group of hackers sympathetic to WikiLeaks and it has claimed responsibility for attacks against corporate and government websites worldwide.  PayPal closed the account being used for donations to WikiLeaks citing violations of the PayPal terms of service.  Wikileaks response was “PayPal’s action tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks.”

According to the indictment and complaints filed in court in San Jose, California, the defendants Continue reading PayPal Cyber Attack Arrests

Don’t be scared by scareware

Have you ever used your computer only to find a pop-up on your screen telling you that your computer is in urgent need of repair, or that you have a virus? If so you have been the target of something called scareware. Scareware cases are increasing, and more and more people are falling victim to the fake warnings. Let’s take a look at what scareware really is, and how you can avoid a costly mistake.

What is scareware?

Scareware is becoming a huge problem and many people have fallen for the scam. Scareware is nothing more than a pop-up that will appear on your computer screen. The pop-up will tell you that you have registry problems that need to be fixed, or that you have dozens of viruses that need to be taken care of immediately. The pop-up will include a link to a piece of software that will look like and will act like a virus killer.

Continue reading Don’t be scared by scareware

Google handles Android Smartphone security breach smartly

We trust our electronics to pay bills and make purchases online, not to mention they store all of our personal information. With so much information stored on devices like Android smartphones and consoles like the Sony Playstation 3, one has to wonder just how safe and secure they are. The answer it seems is that they are not very secure at all.

Google calls foul play

Just recently Google dropped a bombshell and confirmed that there was a major security flaw in its ever popular Android operating system. Seeing that there are over 400,000 Android smartphones and tablets being activated every single day, the amount of loss that could have occurred could have been catastrophic.

A team of German researchers discovered that Android devices that were connected to unsecured Wi-Fi networks could have easily been hacked from remote operators. Once hacked, all information stored on phone could have been accessed by the hacker. Fortunately Google reacted swiftly, and quickly sent out a patch to Android devices around the world.

How can you stay safe on Android?

While the exploit has been fixed there are still some things that users of Android devices can do to make sure that they are safe.

By going to the app store and downloading an Anti-Virus app, end users can have peace of mind that their phone will be protected in the event that they download an app that may contain a virus. Users should also try to refrain from joining unsecured networks, like the ones you would find at Starbucks, or the local library. One last thing would be to only install applications that you know of, and never install apps that come from anywhere other than Google authorized app stores.

As a user of an Android powered smartphone I can say that I am incredibly happy at the way Google dealt with this problem. They moved quickly, identified the problem, and fixed it within 36 hours of the breach. If only all companies were equal when it comes to this.

Sony falls victim too

If you had not heard about the Android problem, then you surely have heard about the breach that Sony has suffered. Sony’s highly popular Playstation Network which lets users play and purchases games online was recently targeted by hackers.

The biggest difference between the Sony breach and the Google breach is that Sony reacted very poorly to the situation. In fact everyone who had ever signed up for the service (some 50 million) had all of their information stolen, including credit card numbers, phone numbers, and addresses.

Sony’s security around the Playstation network was incredibly weak. In fact there was not even a Firewall protecting its servers. The hackers were smart, and they left hardly any traces of the attack. The only thing that was found on Sony’s servers was a calling card left by a group called Anonymous.

After many attempts to fix the security flaws in its network, Sony has failed every time. When they say they have fixed the problem, the network gets hacked again. Two months after the initial attacks, there has been a further 10 breaches in their security systems.

There are obviously some flaws in the security that companies employ when it comes to protecting your personal information, but do not let it stop you from using, and enjoying the many wonderful things that your gadgets can do. Just be careful what information you share, and you should be just fine.

This guest post is by Brett Day ,  from Moore, Oklahoma. He is a featured contributor for Associated Content in Technology. He has a huge interest in the world of technology, home theater, and video games. Brett loves writing and sharing his knowledge on all of these subjects.

Could your computer be held for ransom? Ransomware On The Rise

Your computer may not be physically held for ransom, but you may find that the data, information and use of it may be, through a threat called “ransomware.”  This type of threat and hoax is on the rise as reported by many popular antivirus companies like Kaspersky, Trend, and Symantec.  What is ransomware and how does it work?

Ransomware is a Trojan malware similar to a virus that infects your computer. But instead of cleaning up the mess yourself or using a source like Geek Squad, Ransomware actually infects your computer, steals information, disables hard drives and then demands money to restore the computer to you.  There are several different versions of this type of scam: Continue reading Could your computer be held for ransom? Ransomware On The Rise

ESET Mobile Antivirus Download

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If you are looking to download a mobile antivirus program for your mobile phone, you might want to look into ESET Mobile Antivirus.

ESET’s Antivirus program for mobile phones will give you comprehensive and intelligent protection.  Their software works on smartphones and Pocket PCs.

ESET Mobile Antivirus works to combat:

  • SMS spam
  • viruses built for mobile devices,
  • spyware designed to hack your phone’s programs,
  • smartphone adware
  • other unwanted programs and software for PocketPC’s like trojans, worms, and rootkits.

If you have a mobile smartphone or a PocketPC, you know how often you use your mobile on a daily basis.

Your mobile is also a small computer.

Because mobiles are developing standards, and becoming more complex, there are greater possibilities for virus makers to find ways into your mobile.

ESET Mobile Antivirus is designed to run quietly on your phone.  This prevents your mobile from locking up just because you’ve installed ESET on it.

ESET also works to make sure the updates to their mobile antivirus programs are sent in compressed and neat files.  This minimizes the download necessary to get them to your phone.

As it does on computers and laptops, ESET’s Mobile Antivirus protects your mobile through monitoring of email attachments and other files.

It does this while keeping up the speed of your mobile, keeping your mobile phone safe from viruses and other would-be attacks, even if you haven’t updated super-recently.

ESET Mobile Security Features include:

  • -Proactive Protection: Protect your mobile against unknown threats between updates.
  • -On-Demand Scanning: Easily and background searches into nested folders.
  • -On-Access Scanning: Looks through accessed files at the time they’re accessed for viruses. Includes attachments and files accessed via wireless.
  • -SMS Antispam: for stopping advertising that comes through SMS messages
  • -Activity Log and Statistics: A summary of what ESET Mobile Security has been scanning, filtering, and blocking shown in a user-friendly way so you don’t need to download the logs to your computer to look at them.
  • -Many other useful features

ESET mobile Antivirus works on phones with Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0 and 6.1.  More operating systems are coming soon.

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Eset’s Promotion Code Moves 2010 into 2011: Eset Promotion Code

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Before 2010 wraps up, Eset has extended a great 2-year promotion code for 2011 (into 2012).

If you’ve never heard of Eset before, you’re not alone.  It’s lesser known in the United States (but is a highly used and well-respected name) among the titans and reviewers of the antivirus/antispyware world.

Through proprietary technologies, Eset’s code performs some quite unique functions in protecting millions of computers all around the world.

This can be seen in the number of awards Eset has received.

ESET NOD32 Antivirus has achieved more Virus Bulletin VB100 Awards than any other product. Continue reading Eset’s Promotion Code Moves 2010 into 2011: Eset Promotion Code

Stop Sign Antivirus: Discount Coupon for Antivirus from Stop Sign Internet Security

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Looking for a US-based internet company that’s been around for a long time and produces quality anitivirus software, but really isn’t known?

StopSign Internet Security comes from a company called eAcceleration Corp.  They have been in the software development business since 1987.

In 2001, Stop Sign Internet Security created Stop Sign Antivirus.  With the development of StopSign Internet Antivirus, eAcceleration created a program that’s fast, effective, and easy to use.  StopSign’s Internet Security software combines state of the art detection.

Their antivirus program also comes with great support.  This is important in any product you use to protect your computer(s) from viruses and spyware. Continue reading Stop Sign Antivirus: Discount Coupon for Antivirus from Stop Sign Internet Security

Panda Antivirus Spyware Scan: Free Your Computer of Viruses

Panda Active Scan – Free Your Computer of Spyware with this antivirus tool

Want a free scan of your computer from Panda (same company that is the award winning software maker of Panda Antivirus)?

Their free scan will look over your computer and tell you what threats you’re currently exposed to.  Then, chances are good, once Panda has scanned your computer using their free scan, they will try to get you to buy Panda Antivirus as a way to fix your computer.

Makes sense.

It’s a good business model to offer something for free to entice you into downloading something else.

However, unlike with more dubious software makers, Panda Antivirus is actually a product that will do what it says it will do after running the free scan of your computer.

Panda has something that they call “Collective Intelligence Technology”.  This is the idea of cloud computing, and allows the millions of people (who use Panda software to scan their computers) to get nearly instant information from one another.  This automatically improves protection nearly as fast as viruses are released.  It gives users a freedom, and a peace of mind, knowing that all computers connected through Panda’s software are having their computers updated with the latest intelligence about threats, coming in from all over the world.

By leveraging community knowledge, Panda’s software offers a really great protection against spyware, with a minimal impact on your computer, leading to faster and more versatile products. If you want to see what Panda can do, try their free your computer of  spyware scan to see what it finds on your computer.

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