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Internet Explorer updates to be automatic

It's about time, according to Dwight Silverman's TechBlog on the Houston Chronicle's website. Microsoft's Internet Explorer will now have automatic updates, making internet security easier for the average user by helping them stay up to date.

Gene Simmons website hacked, man charged

After Gene Simmons had his website hacked, a man from Connecticut was charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of unauthorized impairment of a protected computer in Los Angeles. Simmons, the famous bass player for the band Kiss, may want to increase internet security on his website so future hacking instances are quelled.

Holidays bring internet security traps

As a reminder to watch out for some of the pitfalls of internet use during the holidays, PC Authority Magazine did a list of the "12 Internet Scams of Christmas" in the voice of Santa Claus. Web surfers should be sure to take internet security precautions at all times.

Computer virus causes hospital to turn patients away

A fast-spreading computer virus infected an Atlanta-area hospital system and caused it to shut down for nearly three days, sending potential patients to other facilities. This hospital may need to ramp up its antivirus software to make sure this does not occur again and they can remain serving those in need.

Security expert believes we could be entering age of 'cyber war'

Although internet security is becoming stronger, so too are those trying to break downfirewalls and antivirus programs. Roger Thompson, a security expert recently hired by ICSA Labs, said smartphones, social media and an increase in online activitiy could lead to "dire implications" for national security.

Fake antivirus software buyers get refund

For those who were scammed into buying fake antivirus software, you may be in luck. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has started issuing refunds to users who have purchased scareware from vendors who are trying to scam people out of money.

About 20 Windows patches will be released to fix bugs

The Duqu Trojan virus and the BEAST hacking tool may have to retool, as Microsoft announced they will release 20 patches for Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and Windows Media Player this week. This is good news for users looking for protection outside of their antivirus software.

Chinese officials tell internet forum country is opposed to cyber war

Chinese officials said at the fifth U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum in Washington, D.C., this past week that they are opposed to internet or cyber wars. Internet security against Chinese hackers has been a concern by many over the past couple of years.

Hacking attack could hurt world's oil supply

Governments have been predicting something of a "cyber war" for a while against hackers, but now the world's oil supply may be at risk. Hackers are at work with bombarding the computer-controlled energy industry, and Reuters said it is "threatening potential global havoc through oil supply disruption." This industry should secure itself with strengthened internet security as soon as possible.

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.

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.

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.