Urgent this week:
- Windows users need to get the Microsoft Updates issued this week
- Update Adobe Acrobat Reader to version 8 -- there are some security holes that have been identified in older versions
- Users of AVG Anti-Virus need to upgrade to version 7.5, since they will be discontinuing version 7.1 on February 18th
Important to do every week:
- Run a backup of your important computer files and store it in a safe location.
- Update your anti-spyware software and run it. If you need free anti-spyware software, download Spybot Search and Destroy.
- Update your anti-virus software and run it. If you need free anti-virus software, download AVG Anti-Virus.
Other recommended security measures:
- Set up a limited-access user account on your computer and use it for most purposes. Only use administrator mode when installing and uninstalling programs.
- Use Firefox, Opera, Safari, or another web browser other than Internet Explorer. They're easy to install.
Online criminal of the week:
- This classic example of phishing got by Gmail filters early this week. It's unusually good for a foreign phishing attack, in part because it was generated in Hong Kong, where English is an official language. The notes explain some of the cues you should use to recognize that this is a criminal attack.
Don't be fooled: Never respond to e-mail like this. If you think something may legitimately be wrong with your bank or credit union account, find your latest printed statement and call the telephone number given there.
- For the record: 53 spam messages received in one hour this Friday, for a Spam Index of 8904
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