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Sidestep fake antivirus software pop-ups

Most people who use the internet will at some point receive a notification from a fake antivirus program, and Ken Colburn, president of Data Doctors Computer Services and host of the Data Doctors Radio Program, writes in the Tempe, Arizona, East Valley Tribune that people should look to sidestep this type of malware the best they can.

Keep Windows running smooth with antivirus and updates

Users can have a great experience with Windows 7, but Rob Lightner writes on CNet that users should keep their computer updated, have a good antivirus program, and remove unnecessary files and programs to keep the computer running smoothly.

Final Fantasy creators get hit by hackers, 1.8 million users affected

Popular video game producer Square Enix was suspended in the United States and Japan after a hacker was able to access servers that held data of 1.8 million video gamers. Internet security precautions should be taken by the company to help protect its users after this breach.

Mobile, increased sharing affects the health industry

As the technology of the health industry moves more online, there are better tools hospitals and providers can use, but with this comes increased threats.

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.

Users should protect online money

Online banking users need to be aware of their online surroundings at all times. One wrong move can mean hundreds or even thousands of dollars stolen. U.S. News & World Report suggests online banking customers use antivirus software and other precautions to stay safe online.

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.

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