Smartphones could be open for taking by botnets

Most people don't believe their phones can be unsafe, but a story by Fox 5 News in Las Vegas said some people may be victims of mobile hacking and may not even know it. Mobile security software could become increasingly important for users of mobile devices over the next year.

College students may want to take precaution at school

Antivirus software is an absolute necessity in a college campus environment, and Darragh Delaney said internet filters at many schools may not be up to par.

Expert: Ban infected computers to stop botnets

While it may be far-fetched, one writer said a simple way to stop the need for equipping antivirus software and internet security would be banning infected PCs from the internet until they are fixed. Steve Ranger of Silicon.com said botnets put computers at risk, and once they are diagnosed as infected, steps should be taken to keep them off of the internet.

Facebook flaw exposes founder's private pictures

After internet users discovered a Facebook security flaw, private pictures of the founder Mark Zuckerberg were released to the public. For those on Facebook, internet security precautions should be taken and nothing private that needs to stay private should be on the website without extreme caution.

Smartphones can be safe for shopping if safety precautions are taken

When using a smartphone for anything involving payments or sensitive information, users should be careful, especially when putting a credit card number into an e-commerce website. Mobile antivirus software could be a good first step, and AARP senior editor Carole Fleck outlined whether it's safe to make purchase on a smartphone.

CIOs need to focus on security in 2012

With an increase in material on the information superhighway, TechTarget said CIOs will have to be more aware of their surroundings. One thing that can go a long way is installing powerful antivirus software to help prevent viruses from making their way into a businesses computer system.

India official says country is responsible for 5 to 6 percent of spam

While most people have email and internet security to block out spam emails, India's Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot told the Times of India that spam email accounted for 75 to 80 percent of emails in 2011, with 5 to 6 percent coming from India.

Computer criminals get savvier during the holidays

While it may be the time of year for giving, one internet security expert warns people to be careful how they use their social networking accounts to share what gifts they'll buy and where they are. Hemanshu Nigam told CBS New York said giving too much information could make someone a good target for fraud.

Most users use weak passwords, report finds

With the knowledge that cybercrime is on the rise, those who surf the internet should make sure they not only have internet security and other protective programs, but common sense should come into play as well. A report by Consumer Reports shows that 75 percent of Americans don't use the strongest type of passwords for sensitive accounts.

SMS spam and targeted financial fraud increasing in the US

As technology moves forward, so do those looking to take advantage of the technology, according to research by Cloudmark. The company said mobile security software could be used to protect users from SMS fraud and scams.

Data breaches in healthcare industry could cost as much as $6.5 billion

Healthcare is an industry with lots of sensitive data, so companies need to make sure they have the proper internet security and antivirus software systems set up so no important, private information is accessed by the wrong party.

Home WiFi bandwidth to see huge growth in next four years

As the use of the internet grows and mobile devices become more en vouge, Wi-Fi networks are expected to see huge growth as well over the next four years, according to research by IGR. With the growth of WiFi, internet users need to secure themselves with antivirus software and other internet security methods.

Flaw in Yahoo messenger could spread spam

An unpatched threat in Yahoo Messenger gives hackers the ability to easily change people's status messages, according to PCWorld, which could allow the spread of viruses. Users should be aware of these possible threats and always keep an antivirus program up and running in case a seemingly-friendly link turns out otherwise.

How to protect Androids from viruses

While Android phone sales have been on the rise, there has also been criticism that the phone is succeptible to viruses. Jason Fell writes on Entrepreneur.com that users of the operating system need to be careful when installing mobile applications and use antivirus software suited for the device.

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