In the past months, the "malware community" has been busy launching and testing all sorts of infections and attacks.
They are always searching for new ways of breaching security, but lately I have seen an increase of their efforts and even results:
1. Yahoo stolen passwords:
Yahoo! confirmed that a file from its Contributor Network (formerly Associated Content) containing approximately 450,000 Yahoo! and other company users names and passwords was compromised on Wednesday (11.07.2012).
And the list goes on with Toolbars distributing infections on users computers, browser hijacks when you install various programs, phishing sites being more and more like the original and thus harder to trace, with serious infections that cripple the operating system.
BullGuard takes security very seriously.
What you need to do about it:
1. Change the passwords for your accounts. BullGuard offers our users the means to encrypt and backup files. This is useful for encrypting really important information. You can easily create a document, in which to save all the passwords for your accounts and then encrypt them and back them up on the online drive. This way, you can keep track of your passwords in a secure way, which enables you to change the password for your accounts as often as you like. Oh and by account I mean everything, from e-mail address, to social network (Facebook, Twitter, etc), to blogs and forums and so on.
2. Use passwords that have at least 8 characters, at least one digit in them and at least one capital letter.
3. Never use the same password on accounts that you use to register using the same e-mail address. For example, if I set my password to be the same for my e-mail address and for a forum to which I register using the same e-mail address, in the eventuality that the forum get's hacked and my account is stolen, they hackers also get access to my e-mail and from there it's a domino effect.
4. Keep your software up to date. Start with Windows, then your security suite, but it is just as important to install updates for Flash Player, for your e-mail client, for Java, and for all your other software.
5. Take control of your computer. Before we use any kind of tool, we need to read the instructions. The computer is no exception. There are millions of articles on how to use your computer. Searching the internet for how to do something may turn up less time consuming than waiting to get professional support.
6. Get professional support. BullGuard has 24/7 support and we are proud of it. If you have an issue or just questions regarding your security, we are always glad to help. I know that is a great marketing punch line but it also the truth.
7. Please be responsible with your browsing! If I purchase a car and slam it at 200Km/h into a wall, I can not ask why the car did not protect me.