Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Searching for Presidential Campaign Videos Puts Users at Risk for Infection

It wasn't long ago that I wrote about a P2P (Peer to Peer) Nightmare. P2P is back in the news, particularly the latest infestations via LimeWire and FrostWire.

With the U.S. Presidential campaign in full swing, people are interested in information about what the candidates are saying. Beware of downloading speeches or other information by either Presidential candidate with P2P software. Webroot reported that the infected zip files include rogue antivirus applications. In addition,
"Other malware threats such as password stealers and backdoors can be downloaded as well, which may give a hacker remote access to the infected machine or allow them to gather personal data such as usernames and passwords."
On the eve of the beginning of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the excellent advice provided by Webroot is worth repeating here:

"1) Always have a current version of antispyware, antivirus and firewall product;

2) Never download free products or purchase them from unknown Web sites and vendors, or peer-to-peer networks;

3) Never click on a link while visiting a peer-to-peer site;

4) Never purchase a product that is the result of an unknown alert;

5) Make sure the computer is up-to-date by always installing new Microsoft or Apple security updates;

6) Make it a point to check your credit through one of the three credit bureaus; and,

7) Use a credit card that has sufficient fraud protection and never use a debit card online."

Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
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