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Computer viruses could eventually start dangerous epidemics

While avoiding scareware, malware and viruses is scary enough and forces people to load up their antivirus software, Black Hat Europe said hackers could eventually create malicious software that will cross from technology into biological warfare.

Antivirus customers being targeted by scammers

People who have antivirus software on their computers are doing the right thing by trying to protect themselves on the internet, but TechWorld reports that some customers are being targeted by tech support scammers who have "diversified their techniques."

Health care systems may need increased security

With patient records increasingly moving online, the release of a report through the PHI Project called The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security said health care organizations have a new method to evaluate how at risk information is online. This is a great internet security move for these healthcare companies.

Apple not immune from viruses

While many think of Apple computers as being immune from viruses, Sara Yin writes on PCMag that people may want to get antivirus software for their Mac before it is too late to recover. She talks about what happened to a friend of her's who recently switched back to PCs from Mac after two years with an Apple.

Americans can be alerted when personal information leaks

Much like in real life, nothing is ever really truly safe online, but internet security experts now have a system set up to alert Americans when sensitive information of theirs, such as Social Security numbers and banking information, has been leaked or put in the hands of cyber criminals.

Fake disk repair a new online scare tactic

On Neil Rubenking's SecurityWatch blog, he said a new internet security breach is out that tries to trick people into thinking the entire content of their computer is gone. A security company found the Trojan.HiddenFilesFraud.A virus is looking to scare people and feed desperation to get the files back.

Sony imposing new internet security strategies

After being hit hard last year but internet security threats, hackers and more, Sony is using this year to make some new security strategies. SC Magazine said since the end of 2011, Sony has experienced at least 20 attacks by "hactivists." Brett Wahlin, Sony Entertainment Network's chief security officer, said they have revamped the security department at Sony.

Security bug on Ancestry.com may leave users vulnerable

Users of Ancestry.com could have valuable personal information exposed and left vulnerable to theft after a security bug was exposed by hackers, according to MSNBC's Security News Blog. Matt Liebowitz said TeamHav0k, a network of hackers, found an SQL injection vulnerability in the genealogy-tracking website. Users should be sure to change passwords and use internet security until the threat has passed.

Finland may have 'cleanest' computers

A Norwegian internet security company said that when it came down to which nation had the "cleanest" computers, Finland came out on top. A little more than 24 percent of PCs in Finland were infected by a virus.

Smartphones need to be protected from thieves

When using a mobile devices on Wi-Fi networks, Reading Eagle said people need to be careful with securing their smartphone to make sure no one steals any banking or personal information. Mobile antivirus software can be a great first step to helping keep hackers out of a phone.

Email appearing to be from financial protection bureau a virus

Internet users have long been warned about installing antivirus software to help avoid viruses that don't appear to be viruses, and many in Allentown, Pennsylvania, may have received a first hand look at this, as an email appearing to be from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau contained a virus, according to the Morning Call.

Android market has a lot of bogus security software

People looking for mobile antivirus software may want to do some research before they make a purchase or start using a free service, as a report by AV-Test, a German antivirus test lab, shows that only a few actually live up to protecting a phone from viruses, malware and other maladies of the internet.

Malware trying to trick anti-Putin protesters

Those who don't like Vladimir Putin, who was re-elected as the president of Russia last week, may run into some trouble online, especially if their internet security doesn't have its guard up. One security company said there is a spam campaign right now that is designed to put malware on the computer of anti-Putin protesters.

Many people have fear of losing mobile contacts

While old fashioned fears such as public speaking and death still exist, an up and coming fear is losing mobile contacts, according to a survey by SecurEnvoy. The company said a recent survey of 1,000 people shows that 66 percent of people were afflicted with "nomophobia," or "no mobile-phone phobia." People fearing this should look into mobile antivirus software in an effort to keep their information as safe as possible.