Cyber Security Risks for Online Users

Did you know that a report by Sophos in 2009 found that a malicious web site is detected about every 5 seconds? Since then, the pace has only increased.  Internet users must implement basic protections to stay safe while surfing the web.  I have listed a few of these tips below and the rest can be found in the video.   Tiny URLs – You know those abbreviated links people send via Facebook and Twitter? They are a prime target for hackers. Cyber criminals use “tiny URLs” to conceal the actual address that the link takes you to. This means you could easily become a victim if you click on a malicious link. User Tip: Check links before blindly clicking! TinyURL has the ability to allow you to preview the link whereas with bit.ly URL’s all you need to do is add a + symbol to the end of the bit.ly address to preview the location. Rogueware – Phony anti-virus software that actually downloads viruses and malware or downloads useless anti-virus. Rogueware is typically designed to fake anti-virus programs and trick users into downloading them in order to gain access to the person’s computer or do nothing more than swindle them out of money for the fake application. User Tip: Anti-virus software that is offered by pop-ups will infect your machine with more malware than it will clean up. Only use AV software from trusted vendors.  If you are infected scan your system with programs such as Malwarebytes, Hijackthis, Ad-Aware, Microsoft Malicious Software Detection Tool or other known detection tools. One final tip is to maintain your anti-virus and keep it up to date. If you cannot afford a paid programs, check out of of the many free versions such as AVG.  Even basic protection can go a long way in keeping you protected while online.

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