Spyware and malware are fast becoming one of the biggest threats that our citizens have these days. With just a few keyboard strokes a skilled or clever hacker could steal someone’s identity completely, gaining some profit and destroying the person’s credit in the process. It’s crazy, but with all the exchanges and transactions that millions and millions of people conduct online every day, it’s easy to see why it can be such a vulnerable area.
One of the bloggers that seems to have a great insight into how the government tracks and handles these online fraud cases is KrebsOnSecurity, a blog by a self-educated reporter. It’s better than reading James Bond, I can assure you. Because these are real-world stories that affect you right now. For example, the insights he has into the Target credit card caper are extremely insightful.
It’s interesting to see what he can and cannot publish, and the intertwining with the recent allegations against the NSA and the allowance for the government to spy on people are very interesting indeed.
But in the meantime, what can you do to protect yourself from hacking and fraud? Well, one of the best ways is to ensure that your computer is adequately protected from spyware and malware. This is easy enough; simply install a program such as Norton 360 or Spyhunter 4. These programs are excellent at protecting your computer from the thousands of attacks that it can come under on a daily basis.
Another thing that you really might want to consider doing is to ensure that you’re not frequenting dangerous internet neighborhoods. Adult sites, torrent sites, and other shady sectors can increase the odds that you’ll get attacked and be subjected to a drive by installation or some other attack.
Always keep all of your computer programs up to date. That means updating your browser every time there’s a new version available.