Unfortunately spam and malware (viruses, worms, trojans, adware, spyware) are spreading more than ever. Reports of security companies and malware researchers show a rising tendency.
Due to the boom of social platforms like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter etc., these have become a huge target for cyber criminals, too.
In this thread, you will find some general advice for safer browsing.
1. General Guidelines:
Here you can find some general advice how to make your computer safer:
If you like, you can do an online scan with Secunia Online Software Inspector from time to time to see if your most common/popular programs are up to date:
2. Beware of Rogue Antivirus and Antimalware Products!
These are programs that are advertised as antivirus, antispyware, antiadware etc. products, which are dubious or even dangerous. Either they do not offer real protection, or even may infect your computer.
Before you download any security software, make sure it's not a rogue. Also only download legit and safe security software from trusted websites.
3. Be Careful on Social Platforms (MySpace, Facebook, Twitter etc.) and Other Websites!
Here are just some examples how your computer could be infected, and how to prevent this.
General: 9 Dirty Tricks
(note, this article has 4 pages)
Problem of shortened URLs on social platforms:
Problem of receiving messages with links, and problem of fake malicious video or music files:
Problem of malicious ads on websites and social platforms: