Simple Security Basics :: Spam, Trojans, Phishing...
Posted: Dec 31, 04, 19:23 techAdmin
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Once again, theregister.com comes through with a great article, this one about how to avoid malware, spam, and trojans. The Register, year in and year out, quality writing, no BS... although that MS ad campaign they ran had us worried...
:: Quote ::You'd like to think that people would know better, but really, most folks have no idea what they're getting into. The Trojan Horse I'm talking about is that shiny new Windows PC that thousands and thousands of people unwrapped during the holidays this year. They think they're getting a modern convenience, something they can use to communicate with the grandchildren, or check stocks, or buy stuff on eBay, but in reality they're providing an opening for invaders of the worst sort.
"Want to get Mom's attention? Ask her how she'd like the Russian mob to have her credit card number. Or how happy she'd be to find out that Ukrainian gangsters have access to her bank account."
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I can't emphasize this enough, STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER!!!
When a software company with the resources of Microsoft, we're talking billions of dollars a year R&D, with up to 50 billion dollars in cash reserves, can't make a secure product, and can't fix it in a reasonable amount of time, even with a Windows XP SP2 that was supposed to bring security issues under control, STOP USING THE DAMNED PRODUCT!! It's not complicated.
Here are technically superior alternatives:
These are just the beginning. No wonder big software companies are desperately stockpiling patents, it's their only chance, they can't compete longterm and they know it. Software works best when it's a public offering. Soon the software industry will begin to act like desperate men... and show their true colors, by the way, just watch, you'll see.
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