More Free Tools Increase Security For Your PCWritten by Jim Edwards
A recent article about preventing hackers from breaking into your computer caused an overwhelming response by readers.
It seems everyone has an opinion about best software and advice for keeping your computer safe from viruses and online predators. The following will help you increase your online security and usually without spending a dime!
Zone Alarm offers several versions of their popular firewall software with various options for increased security. The basic firewall software comes free of charge and ranks among most highly rated firewalls available. The paid version helps you to eliminate everything from pop-up windows to unwanted advertising and also helps you track hackers back to their source.
Visit www.zonealarm.com to download your copy today, especially if you don't already carry a firewall on your system.
The Guru Of Security
Visit www.grc.com if you want a real "eye opener!" Frankly, some of things I saw on this website shocked me. I had no idea so many potential problems existed for breaches in your online security.
But what also shocked me was how simple most of "fixes" rate for securing your computer against attack. It became very apparent to me that most computer hackers don't exploit hardware or software weaknesses, they actually exploit our ignorance about simple steps we should take to protect ourselves and others.
When you visit www.grc.com you'll see site covers a lot of ground. Since you might find it easy to get sidetracked with all interesting information, make sure to specifically check out "Shields Up!" area. This section offers two comprehensive tests of your Internet connection to check for typical points of entry used by hackers.
How to get rid of new Sobig.F virus?Written by Nowshade Kabir
As you know, this time virus under name Sobig.F has wreaked quite havoc! No doubt, many of us have suffered from this recent virus outbreak. According to an online poll conducted by CNN: 32% of respondents were infected with this malicious virus. At pick, each of every 17 emails contained sobig.F! Internet service provider AOL says it scanned 40.5 million emails and found virus in more than half of them. Sobig accounted for 98 percent of all viruses found in these emails. What is Sobig.F virus? This is a worm type of virus. Which means it is an executable program that installs enhancement to your Windows operating system. The ?F? implies that it is sixth of family of Sobig viruses. The first one was launched in beginning of this year. The latest attack was started on August 19. According to some experts, Sobig.F was first posted to a porn Usenet group and spread from there. It is timed to deactivate itself on September 10. The pre-built deactivation mechanism itself is a worrisome factor. Most experts think this means there are more to come! How it works?
Sobig.F comes along with an email with subject headers like Your details, Thank you!, Re: Thank you!, Re: Details, Re: Re: My details, Re: Approved, Re: Your application, Re: Wicked screensaver or Re: That movie. The body of message is quite short and usually contains either "See attached file for details" or "Please see attached file for details." Once file is opened, Sobig.F resends itself using a built-in mailing program to e-mail addresses from infected computer. As a sender is address it shows one of e-mails randomly selected from computer's address book. The worm was also supposed to attempt to retrieve an URL from a predetermined list of 20 master servers on a certain date and time. The content of that URL was to be downloaded and executed on infected machines. Luckily those servers were identified right away and shut down. How to protect yourself against it? If your computer is infected or you have doubts, first thing you should do is: to check and clean up your computer from this virus. Although, it is set to deactivate on September 10, which means it will no longer multiply itself, however, left untouched, it might attempt to update itself, once newer version of virus comes out. Suggestion One: