10 Quick Fixes for the Worst Security Nightmares
Fix 7: Develop an Antiphishing Habit
The dastardly practice of phishing for personal information is still alive and well, and many fake sites can be hard to distinguish from the real ones. But a few simple practices can ensure you'll never be snagged by a phishing hook.
The best approach, and the most straightforward, is never to click a link in any e-mail message to access your financial accounts. Instead, always type the URL or use a bookmark.
If you can't make that change, then at least use the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Opera to browse the Web.
Finally, keep an eye out for
Internet Explorer 8 will use an innovative feature called Domain Highlighting that will make spotting such trickery easy. But until it becomes available, watch URLs carefully.
Fix 8: Keep Your Own Site Safe
It's not a good time to run a Web site.
Crooks use automated tools to search sites for the most common vulnerabilities. If they find one, they blow the hole wide open to plant harmful code that will attack your loyal visitors.
To help keep your site safe, start with some quick, free scans that ferret out the most obvious problems.
Make Your Passwords Secure--And Easy to Remember
Online passwords are starting to seem about as safe as tissue paper protecting a bank vault. The supply of stolen logins is now so huge that crooks can hardly make any money selling them unless they add other ripped-off data, like addresses or Social Security numbers, according to security researchers.
Experts say we should use strong, unique passwords for all our accounts. But they don't tell us how we're supposed to remember them, so most of us end up using the same, not-so-safe password at all our accounts.
Here's an easy fix that allows you to remember just one password,
For a download link and more info on this useful tool, head to the PC World Downloads page.
Get Extra Cleaning Help for Stubborn Infections
Sometimes even the best antivirus program misses an infection. And once a virus or Trojan horse gets in, removing it can be incredibly tough. If you suspect some nasty got past your defenses, then it's time to bring in extra help.
Many antivirus makers offer free and easy online scans through your Web browser.
Trend Micro HouseCall: Will detect and remove malware; works with both IE and Firefox.
BitDefender Online Scanner: Detects and removes malware; requires IE.
Kaspersky Online Scanner: Detects malware, but doesn't remove it;
F-Secure Online Virus Scanner: Detects and removes malware; requires IE.
ESET Online Scanner: Detects and removes malware; requires IE.