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Security companies work together to take down botnet

While the internet security world is full of competition, a group of security experts and companies came together to help shut down the second version of the Kelihos botnet, apparently a much bigger version than the one that surfaced and was shut down in September 2011.

Former cybersecurity adviser for White House said US is losing cybersecurity war

As technology has advanced, so to have hackers and scammers across the internet. Richard Clarke, a former internet security and cyberterrorism adviser for the White House, testified to Congress that every major company in the U.S. has been virtually penetrated by China, according to Computerworld.

Small business big target for hackers

Howard Baldwin of PCWorld writes that for small businesses, there are few more horrifying thoughts than experiencing an internet security breach that would lead to a stolen bank account or credit card information. Baldwin spoke with Christopher Porter of the Verizon RISK Team, who said small businesses don't know how defenseless they have become.

Basic maintenance should be used for computers

While many people have a lot of high-tech gadgets, they may not take the time to do basic maintenance needed to keep their computers going. Amy Leap of the Pocono Record talks to Tom Kyttle of TK Computers, who gives some basic tips for keeping a computer running well, including loading up antivirus protection and making sure the computer has a good firewall in place.

Protecting smartphones from being scammed

While not many people believe there is a need for mobile antivirus software, they may be wrong, according to a story on PCWorld. David Jeffers writes that while people shouldn't be frightened of viruses taking over their phones, using common sense and safety should be used to keep a phone safe.

Hackers steal from military dating website database

A military dating website called MilitarySingles.com was hacked into by scammers who took passwords, email addresses and other information from more than 170,000 records, according to a post by LulzSecReborn on Pastebin. Websites like this need to protect users with good internet security measures to make sure leaks such as this don't happen.

Use caution when opening spam

Lincoln Spector, a contributing editor for PCWorld, was answering a question about whether it's safe to open up spam email. He said it can't always be 100 percent safe, but with the correct precautions, including having a great antivirus program, it should be safe.

Businesses need to keep track of security

Steve Cassidy, a network expert, writes on PCPro that while many businesses have antivirus software, many are not utilizing them properly and backing the company up with other security methods.

Spam filters may be getting worse

Email is one of the more common ways for people to get a virus. While antivirus software can be a good way to scan through messages, it may get more difficult soon, according to a report from Virus Bulletin. The company said spam filters have been catching less spam than usual as of late.

More than 100 Indian government websites hacked in three months

The hacking of government websites has become more and more common, but India's Economic Times is reporting that 112 government websites belonging to various agencies have been hacked in the three month period ending in February. These websites should look to increase internet security as much as possible to make sure they are staying as safe as possible.

Androids still most popular mobile device for hacking

Hackers have been having a field day with many Android users, and at the Black Hat Europe conference this past week, researchers said they have no reason to believe that this trend will stop any time soon. Android users should invest in a good antivirus program to make sure their device stays as safe as possible.

IPad owners should keep an eye on security

Whether someone bought the new iPad for personal or business uses, Davey Winder, a contributing editor for PC Pro, said he is surprised that not many people have brought up any potential iPad security issues with the release of the new version. Internet security issue may not be a big issue for Apple now, but users should keep a watchful eye on how secure their devices are.

Securing a home or office Wi-Fi network

From the start, wireless routers and access networks have their security settings turned off, according to ITWorld, so it is important for people to to enable internet security on these devices before starting to heavily use them.

Multi-effort internet security leads to less identity theft

A new study which was cross-led by a Michigan State University criminologist said that having antivirus software, anti-adware software and anti-spyware software made people 50 percent less likely to have credit card information stolen.