How To Avoid Getting HACKED And Protect Yourself Online! Part II

by KidsSafe on September 17, 2012

Identity Theft, Is BIG Business… Part I

It is not a question of When or Who, or even how or why… the question is will you have the security in place to protect your PC, your family, and especially your personal (ID) information!!!

I simply can’t resist starting this with the obvious ‘there’s a giant wooden horse parked in your driveway’. Okay, now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s see what you might have on your’s.

There is nothing more frustrating than a computer that is either painfully slow in completing the simplest of tasks or constantly locking up, or even completely shutting down, when you’re in the middle of trying to get something done. If you are experiencing these symptoms, guess what, you may have a Trojan.

Learning how to protect yourself, your computer and mobile devices from hacker will go a long way to ensure that your online presence is as safe as possible. Hackers are rampant these days and with more choice than ever on the amounts of possible targets, they are becoming much more difficult to avoid.

Mobile phones have become a much bigger target for hackers as so many people are using their mobile devices to roam the internet and this opens the online portal, which hackers will attempt to get into. With millions of apps being downloaded, hackers are often attaching a dangerous file to the app which your phone won’t be able to detect without the right security software. One of the most popular software that will give you more protection is Avast Free Mobile Security. This piece of software, once downloaded onto your phone will let you know of any harmful files incoming to your mobile phone.

For your laptop or computer, you should also make sure that you are as protected as possible. Download a great anti-virus program, firewall and an anti-malware program. By having these installed, run and checked regularly, you will be able to see which website are causing harm to your computer and which ones are safe.

Installing these types of software and programs will make your online safety much stronger and prevent you from picking up any harmful virus or getting hacked. Stay safe!

They say everything can be bought online, and that includes your identity. Exactly how much is your personal information worth on the online black market? The answer might shock you.

With organized crime in cyberspace becoming an increasingly widespread problem, surfing the web has become a risky business–and a lucrative one for online crooks.

“In 2004, the online connected population was just under 680 million people with 3 million unique infected files,” Rik Ferguson, Trend Micro’s security adviser, told ITWEb. “It was only 18 months after that when we noticed a real change in criminal activity. Fast-forward to today, and the number of connected users has tripled to 1.7 billion people and malware has exponentially increased to 30 million.”

Trojans are malware programs, think of them kind of like computer parasites, that are installed on your computer any number of ways. They are often the result of downloading files from P2P sources or other sources that may not be the most trustworthy sources of files.

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Like the warriors they are named after trojans come disguised as non-malicious files and then, once successfully inside the walls of your secure system, they unpack all kind of devious little devils ready to wreak havoc that can range from fairly harmless tracking files to very dangerous tools employed to capture sensitive information or distribute viruses and other malicious software to others you share files with.

There are many free softwares out there that will do an excellent job in cleaning the malicious files from your computer and helping to ensure you stay Trojan free from now on. Just do an internet search for malware or spyware programs and read a few reviews to find the ones that are right for you.

And, I am really big believer in FREE… but, in this case to get the right kind of protection, you may want to invest into a fully functioning, Managed Internet Security Services!

Learn About The Top 13 Issues. To Be Better Internet Parents…

1. CyberBullying and/or BullyCide  Click Here
2. Human Trafficking and/or Modern Day Slavery  Click Here
3. SEXting  Click Here
4. Pornography  Click Here
5. Predators and Pedophiles  Click Here
6. The Choking Game  Click Here
7. Internet At Risk Behavior  Click Here
8. Social (Facebook / MySpace / Twitter) Networks  Click Here
9. Dangerous Drugs  Click Here
10. Malware  Click Here
11. Identity Theft  Click Here
12. Identity Monitoring  Click Here
13. Getting HACKED  Click Here

We will be covering all 13 of these topics and online security issues over the next few weeks!!

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