Top Blunders to Avoid While Dealing with Passwords

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Be Informed on Cyber Security | Posted on 17-02-2011

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Your online accounts stay safer as long as your passwords are stronger and secure. However, creating stronger passwords is not enough in today’s scenario where id theft is most prevalent. Handling of passwords is equally important as of creating strong passwords. The following are few blunders made by consumers in 2010, reported in a study from Internet security firm Webroot.

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Trends in Identity Theft – 2010

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Be Informed on Cyber Security | Posted on 16-02-2011

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More than 8.1 million adults in U.S. fell victim to the ID theft for the year 2010. Though the number of identity theft instances decreased, the amount lost by the victims rose significantly, as per the 2011 Identity Fraud Theft Report from Javelin Strategy & Research.

New types of consumer frauds have evolved into the market incurring more losses to the victims. The average amount lost… Continue reading

Microsoft to Fix Autorun Issue for Windows XP

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Be Informed on Cyber Security | Posted on 14-02-2011

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The windows autorun feature has been a cake for the malware and botnet creators, based on which they designed many attacks. Being a main aid to trojans and viruse like Conficker, Taterf, Rimecud, Autorun, etc, the autorun was more seen to be as a vulnerability than a feature.

PCs using Windows XP were the most exploited ones due to the autorun feature. According to Microsoft, Windows… Continue reading

Top 10 Challenges Faced by IT Managers

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Be Informed on Cyber Security | Posted on 11-02-2011

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When it comes to security issues at organizational level, it is not dealing with malware that comes first but managing employees to use web in secure and efficient way. According to a report from MessageLabs Security Safeguard, the top 10 issues faced by IT managers of American companies are:

  1. Time wasting online: 86% of the IT managers surveyed said that they worry about

Nasdaq System Faces Malware Attack

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Be Informed on Cyber Security | Posted on 08-02-2011

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The company that owns Nasdaq Stock market, recently informed that a malware attack was identified on its servers. The story was first posted on Wall Street Journal. The Nasdaq trading was not affected as the attackers’ target was information from the boards of directors of publicly traded companies.

Going into the details, few suspicious files were found on the U.S servers by the Nasdaq OMX group… Continue reading

How to Disable Autorun Feature in Windows PC

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Computer Maintenance | Posted on 07-02-2011

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Your network might seem well protected with all the security measures you have taken from direct attacks. But a whopping 25 percent of malware today is developed to spread through USB devices. Infection through USB drives spreads undetectable into the network and makes it harder to deal with later.

The autorun feature in Windows will simply make the operating system execute anything it is told to execute by an… Continue reading

Securing Your PCs from Notorious USB Drives

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Cyber Awareness, Cyber tips | Posted on 04-02-2011

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No amount of precautions and security measures for a network will equal the vulnerability created by a small USB device. You can see all the pain you have taken to make your network secure, crumble in a matter of seconds, due to an issue caused by a USB drive. USB drives are small, handy and convenient but one can’t imagine how notorious they are.

Few instances here will tell… Continue reading

Antivirus Market Share – Q4 2010

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Be Informed on Cyber Security | Posted on 04-02-2011

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Avast products were the most used antivirus globally, but when it comes to North America – Norton rules. A recent report from OPSWAT on quarterly market share and usage data for antivirus software for Q4 2010, said that avast antivirus product line were the most used antivirus products globally with 17.53% of market share. ESET Software and Symantec products were in following positions with 12.05% and 10.04% of… Continue reading

Email Spam Volumes Fall to Lowest Level in Two Years: Symantec

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Be Informed on Cyber Security | Posted on 03-02-2011

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A recent report from Symantec declared that spam volumes in January 2011 fell to the lowest levels, since March 2009. The spam volumes seemed to drop dramatically since 25th December of 2010 and continued its phase in January. The only time that spam volumes dropped by such a remarkable extent was after the closure of McColo, a California-based ISP in 2008, for being implicated in criminal and botnet… Continue reading

Top Countries Hosting Phishing Websites – 2010

Posted by cyber-geek | Posted in Be Informed on Cyber Security | Posted on 02-02-2011

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Unites States stands as a major hosting hub of phishing sites, according to a report from OpenDns. According to the report, more than 60,000 separate attempts came from websites hosted in the U.S.

The following are top countries hosting phishing websites in 2010: Continue reading