Open Source Utility for Enhanced Password Security

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Cyber tips | Posted on 30-10-2009

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With the increase of online banking, online e-mail, online purchases, etc., there is a need for increased password security. If you are like many people who use the same password for most sites, you are in trouble if your password gets hacked. You need to make your passwords complex and tough to crack and create a separate password for each account. Once you create a different complex password… Continue reading

Technical Tips to Prevent Phishing

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Cyber tips | Posted on 29-10-2009

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Many anti-phishing browsers have been implemented till date and some of them include embedding features in browsers, as extensions or toolbars in browsers, and as part of website login procedures. Most websites that are targeted for phishing are secure, meaning that SSL with strong cryptography is used for server authentication. In principle, it should be possible to confirm the site using the SSL authentication, but in practice, it… Continue reading

Social Responses to Prevent Phishing

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Secure Downloading, Spam Awareness | Posted on 27-10-2009

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One technique used to combat phishing is training people to recognize phishing attempts, and exposing them to the know-how of dealing with them. Education can be effective since training provides a direct feedback. Spear phishing, a form of phishing targeted at a specific company, was harnessed to train individuals at various locations that included the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. In a spear phishing experiment… Continue reading

Impact of Junk Emails on Corporates

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in eMail Spam Awareness | Posted on 25-10-2009

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Unsolicited email was first considered a bit of joke earning the jocular name of spam. However, as the spam volumes rose to epidemic proportions what was a minor crisis in the life of an IT professional soon snowballed into a major crisis. Factual figures estimate that spam amounts to nearly 95 percent of all emails. According to Jupiter Research reports, the active email consumer received a shocking 3253… Continue reading

All You Need to Know About Scareware

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Cyber Awareness | Posted on 23-10-2009

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As Scareware threats are on rise, millions of Internet users are falling prey to the Scareware scams.

Scareware adopts bogus sales tactics that are designed to scare a user into believing that his or her computer contains critical errors or viruses that have to be fixed immediately. Scareware ads offer an instant solution to the so-called problems on the computer and come for a price. In… Continue reading

Yet Another Email Scam – Beware

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Cyber Awareness | Posted on 21-10-2009

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As we are aware of the recent issue with a few thousands of emails, lets see how some of these scammers have used the emails they hacked into.

The following email was sent to a small business support’s email id for financial gain from a@gmail.com – an email id belonging to their client.

“I’m sorry for this odd request because it might

How safe are you browsing with Firefox?

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Cyber tips, Secure Downloading | Posted on 16-10-2009

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Mozilla Firefox is a popular browser used by millions of Internet users all around the world. The coolest feature of Mozilla Firefox is its compatibility to add more and more plugins and enable yourself with advanced browsing.

However, we need to update our plugins as soon as a new version is available. Updates of these plugins will not only cover new features of the plugin, but… Continue reading

Keeping Your Email Account Safe

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in eMail Spam Awareness | Posted on 08-10-2009

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Email users can help reduce the spam outflows in the Internet. When a user signs up for something online, he should be careful while checking checkboxes and must not check checkboxes for additional offers. Else, he will receive email from partners of the site he signed up at. It is advisable to use freebie accounts to fight spam. Create a few freebie accounts, direct them to your main… Continue reading