Archive for 'Internet Security'

What You Can Do to Protect Others from Phishers

By reporting phishing to both volunteer and industry groups, such as PhishTank, you can help to protect others from phishers. Other anti-phishing methods have been developed, and have been included in web browsers, toolbars, and as part of web page login procedures.

What is Adware?

Adware, which is short for “Advertising-Supported Software” is any software which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertising material to a computer after the software is installed on it.

Computer Viruses and Antivirus Software

Before understanding what a computer virus is, it is necessary to understand what a virus in when it occurs in a living form (such as a human body, an animal, or a plant). A virus is a small organism that is only able to reproduce itself within another living cell or body. It is typically […]

Tips on Preventing Phishing

Never, ever click on a link inside an email from your bank, credit card company, or other similar institution. Instead, go directly to their website. The only exception might be when this is impossible. For example, you sometimes receive a confirmation email where you have to click a link to verify your email address or […]

"Phishing" Defined

Why the term “Phishing?” The word “phishing” is really a play on words. In English, the letters “PH” are pronounced the same as the letter “F.” So “phishing” is pronounced in the same was as “fishing.” One of the dictionary definitions of fishing is “to seek something by roundabout means.” Since phishing is an action […]

What is Spyware?

Spyware another form of malware, which does exactly what its name implies. It spies on you through the use of your computer. Twenty years ago only a subject of science fiction, it is today a hard reality. Spyware consists of a computer program that collect personal information or other data stored on your computer, and […]

What is a Trojan Horse?

“Trojan Horses” are named after the Greek legend of the Trojan Horse. The Greeks, at war with the City of Troy, had been unable to get beyond the walls to enter the city. So they built a large wooden horse, and hid a some of their soldiers inside. They pretended that the horse was a […]

Features to Look for When Buying Antivirus Software

Before buying antivirus software, there are several factors to look at; in order to ensure that you get the best possible protection for yourself, your family, your business, and your computer. To make an informed choice when selecting computer security and antivirus software, it helps to know a bit about computers and what threats there […]