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CNet: Preventing malware and adware downloads

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15:38 CET on the 5th October 2011
Entry written by Secunia.

This CNet article by Dennis O’Reilly discusses how cybercriminals are finding new ways to trick PC users into downloading viruses and other software intended to steal personal information or spy on users. According to Reilly, “Computer security begins and ends with the operating system… The chances of a Windows update damaging your PC are far less than the potential of an infection due to the lack of an important security update.”

He therefore provides a detailed list of simple precautions that can keep PCs free of infection:

  • Get the latest versions of whatever software you use
  • Be on the lookout for phishy e-mails
  • Beware of stealth downloads

Regarding step 1, he says “Last May I described three free scanners that check your system for outdated, insecure software. My favorite of the three is Secunia's Personal Software Inspector (PSI), which applies patches for your PC's software automatically and offers graphical views of your software-update history.”

To read the article in full, visit CNet here.

Stay Secure,

Secunia

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and who is going to protect us against CNET?

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/93504-downloa...
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Member 7th Oct, 2011 09:54
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and who is going to protect us against CNET?


Secunia only uses direct or indirect download links from the vendors sites; Unless the vendor itself refers to CNET, secunia would never offer a download from a third-party source.

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