The United States Department of Homeland Security is urging people to be careful if they are running the browser add-on or computer programming language known as Java. It is installed by default on more than 850 million machines, and chances are, it is leaving your computer open to attack. The issue is so serious that, in a rare announcement, DHS is urging all users to uninstall the widespread plugin immediately. …
Although most of us think that getting hacked won’t happen to us, it does happen. All the time. Sometimes it’s obvious – if you see your friend on Facebook posting odd things, you can give a shout out to her that her account has been compromised. Other times it’s more subtle – resulting in your personal information being stolen (along with your identity).
When we refer to viruses, they generally come with a negative connotation of causing harm but have you ever thought of them as a method of protection? While cybercriminals are always trying to work their way into our home systems, governments are working to guard against attacks on government-run computing systems.
As a Mac user, I was always under the impression that I wasn’t as susceptible to viruses as PC users but that simply isn’t the case. Last week a fake piece of software called MAC Defender made headlines that reminded me of the need to take security precautions to protect my computer. Billed as anti-virus software, MAC Defender installation windows were reported to be popping up on Macs, encouraging users …
There is a perception that Macs aren’t susceptible to viruses but they are. In fact, a virus on a Mac is just as debilitating as one on a PC which is why I’m relying on MacKeeper to help me maintain the health of my new computer.
While we know that computer viruses, worms, and Trojan Horses are all bad news, most of us can’t explain the difference between the three, or we hear people use the terms interchangeably.
E-mail viruses are still out there! Protect yourself.