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    Thumbs up Be Safe on the Internet

    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:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic2520.html
    http://www.malwareremoval.com/forum/...hp?f=11&t=4959
    http://temerc.com/rulsprtctn.html

    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:
    http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/


    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.

    Reading tipps:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_security_software
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_...e.htm#products


    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
    http://www.csoonline.com/article/480..._Pick_Up_Lines
    (note, this article has 4 pages)

    Problem of shortened URLs on social platforms:
    http://security.thejoshmeister.com/2...s-tinyurl.html
    http://security.thejoshmeister.com/2...d-urls-no.html

    Problem of receiving messages with links, and problem of fake malicious video or music files:
    http://blog.trendmicro.com/new-varia...g-on-facebook/
    http://www.csoonline.com/article/474...r_Users_Beware

    Problem of malicious ads on websites and social platforms:

    http://msmvps.com/blogs/spywaresucks...3/1712174.aspx

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    Exclamation Dangerous Facebook Password-reset Spam

    Virus hunters are raising the alarm for a large-scale spam attack that uses fake Facebook password-reset messages to trick PC users into downloading a dangerous piece of malware.
    Please read further details here:
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4724


    Don't get fooled by this malicious trick! Happy and safe surfing

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    Exclamation Email scam

    A member of our forums has received a fake email that was meant to spy out their username and password, and to spam their friends:

    Hiya : )
    Damn : ()
    Long time ....
    Hi o_o
    Lavasoft, a security company has released a warning concerning such emails:

    http://www.lavasoft.com/mylavasoft/s...ake-msn-emails

    If you have been victim of such an attack, immediately change your password!

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    Exclamation Dangerous Facebook "New Login System" Spam

    We received new spammed emails disguised as a legitimate email from “Facebook”. This spammed email contains the email subject “New login system” and requests the user to update their account by clicking on the “here” or the “Update” button.
    Read the details here:
    http://community.ca.com/blogs/securi...cebooking.aspx

    Don't be fooled by this scam, it downloads a password stealing trojan!

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    Default Dangerous "Myspace Password Reset Confirmation" spam

    Similar emails that have been mentioned in the previous posts are now sent around, but this time it's not about Facebook but about Myspace.
    However it's the same scheme, and the senders want you to download malicious content.

    They claim that for your security the passwords have been reset, and that they are sending you your new password in the attachment.
    The attachment however is malicious, and has nothing to do with your Myspace account.

    Do not open the attachment, delete such emails immediately!

    If you are interested, read more details here:
    http://community.ca.com/blogs/securi...d-schemes.aspx

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    Default Malicious Trick: "your mailbox has been deactivated"

    There is currently a widespread malware attack, being spammed out to innocent internet users under the disguise of a mailbox deactivation notice.

    Be careful, and don't fall into this trap! Do not click links, or open attachments of such emails!


    Read details here:
    http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/200...x-deactivated/
    http://www.symantec.com/connect/blog...s-your-mailbox

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    Default Malicious emails targeting Facebook users

    Spam emails claiming to inform about a new login system at Facebook come with links to malicious websites.

    Do not click any links or open/install any attachments!

    Read details here:
    http://hphosts.blogspot.com/2009/11/...-computer.html

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    Default Flash Player Update

    It's time to update your Flash Player to the latest version, in which several security issues have been addressed.

    The new version, which has been released on December 8, is 10.0.42.34.
    You can do a version detection test here to find out which version you have:
    http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/155/tn_15507.html

    If you wish to check if your most common software is up to date, do an online scan here: http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/

    To update your Flash Player, use the official Adobe site:
    http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

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    Exclamation Beware of Trojans in Well Known Companies' Ecards

    Internet scams are multiplying as people send more holiday e-cards. An internet security company discovered an e-mail virus this week disguised as an e-card from American Greetings’ BlueMountain.com. This virus will search for bank accounts and log keystrokes to access personal banking information. (Some of this information came from my local newspaper as well.)

    Read more here:
    http://unified-communications.tmcnet...nd-up-your.htm

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    Default Facebook Scam Group Leads to Malware

    Be careful what groups you join on Facebook! Social Networking sites continue to be targets of viruses and malware.

    http://www.geek.com/articles/news/fr...scam-20091229/

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