With recent scams of callers claiming to be from Microsoft to slip by antivirus programs and get access to computers, the Vancouver Police Department in Canada has released its top 10 scams for 2011, according to NEWS1130
After the death of Apple visionary Steve Jobs, scammers have already tried to take advantage. While a virus is not involved this time, this should remind computer users that antivirus programs should be kept running even on what looks to be the safest of websites.
While social media presents many advantages to businesses and people alike, a new report from the Ponemon Institute said it also increases the risks of malware. Users on websites like Twitter and Facebook should keep updated antivirus software on at all times.
With 2011 seeing an explosion of threats targeting mobile devices, the market for mobile security software market is and will remain on the rise, according to Reportlinker.com research.
A malicious ad virus, or "malvertising," has recently popped up on Facebook, according to news sources. Those who browse the popular social networking website should make sure their antivirus software is on and updated.
Highlighting why banks should always have top notch internet security, a group of hackers used a virus called Zeus to access PINs for bank accounts in Europe and the U.S. About 44 million British pounds ($67.79 million) was stolen in the hacker heist, according to news sources.
According to the Brisbane Times in Australia, search engines may need some extra scrutiny by users, as speakers at the National Identity and Hi Tech Crime Symposium said hackers may take advantage of internet user's trust in search engines. It is important for users to be aware of internet security and have antivirus software on at all times.
Mike Cote, vice president at Dell Secureworks, a security-as-a-service company, writes on Forbes that organizations need to have the right internet security in place as well as comprehensive endpoint security to defend against cyber threats. He said there are many simple steps that can be taken to protect against cyber security violations.
Police are urging United Arab Emirates residents to increase internet security and learn about cyber crimes, according to an article on The National's website. A report claims 76 percent of residents were victims of cyber crime last year.
With the Canadian government launching Get Cyber Safe earlier this month, CBC News' website conducted an interview with Toronto-based cyber security expert Dave Lewis, who runes Liquid Matrix, a blog about safety matters. Lewis said the biggest internet security threat to users may be themselves.
According to reports by CNET, CEOs for Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase were hacked this week. CEOs or anyone worried about security should increase their internet security measures as soon as possible.
Email users who see an email that is announcing the release of the iPhone 5GS should ignore it, according to multiple sources, as it is fake and believed to contain a virus. Users should make sure antivirus software is updated before paging through email accounts.
A researcher at the University of Texas at Dallas has discovered a new way to anticipate the actions of computer viruses, according to Signal Online. The new way could herald a new generation of antivirus software and strategies that combat malware that attacks computers, servers and networks.
According to a Tech question and answer column by the New York Times, a good antivirus program is a good way to help strengthen a computer's defense against problems that await computers on the internet.