The Prevalence of Malware
Interacting on the Internet keeps getting riskier in terms of potential Malicious Software Infection. Malware is defined as viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, adware and malicious applications, and can damage the infected computer, compromise software, not to mention steal personal information. Additionally, malware can slow the computer to a crawl, making web surfing a chore and causing applications to take a long time to open. Incidents of malware infection rose nearly 41 percent between 2010 and 2011.
The country that hosts the majority of malware applications is the United States. Approximately 38 percent of all malware is hosted in the U.S. Not surprisingly, the source of most malware infections come from web pages that are infected and pass the code to a computer when the web page is accessed. Another source of malware is through email. One in ever 239 emails contains some type of malware. Malware is spread through email via attachments.
Though larger companies are often affected by malware, small businesses are targeted as well. Each year, millions of individuals have their computers compromised and/or their identities stolen as the result of malware infections.
Stream TV and Movies directly to your High Definition TV. You can get rid of your Cable or Satellite Provider and still view your favorite shows on any TV. Here are just two of the more popular possibilities.
In my opinion, of the 5 top Smart TV’s out there only the Samsung and LG have a browser worth discussing. Of those two, Samsung seems to have a better browser-based on the fact that the LG browser doesn’t support Flash 10 or HTML5. At the time of this post, if you’re planning on surfing the net using your Smart TV then Samsung is going to be your best choice with LG coming in second.
Passwords, one of those things we all have to deal with. Living in today’s high-tech world we must have sometimes dozens of passwords. Security specialists recommend that you use a different password for all important sites to prevent hackers from following the crumb trail of our digital lifestyle. All of our accounts are linked together by email addresses and once an email address has been hacked it can lead the bad guys into all the nooks and crannies of your digital life. There are password management programs out there which can help you remember a large number of passwords. These are C|Net’s top 5 managers in rating order;
RoboForm has been downloaded FAR more than any other, over 19 million times according to C|Net. I’ll update this post when I have a chance to test drive RoboForm.
I’ve used LastPass for over a year now, its low-cost, runs on my iPhone and can be accessed from anywhere. If you’re on your desktop it integrates right into your browser. On a machine located on an unsecured network there are advantages to LastPass. Once you enter the Master Password Lastpass will auto entering your user ID and password for you. There’s a certain advantage to this; you’re login data cannot be captured by keyloggers.
Is your password strong enough? It’s going to need to be Herculean. Two-thirds of Internet users globally, and almost three-quarters of U.S. Web surfers have fallen victim to cyber-crimes, including computer viruses, online credit card fraud and identity theft. Here is a little information on password strength.
If you have many different passwords check out “Hard to remember all those passwords?”