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Intel Anti-Theft Technology

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

While wandering through the Intel display at CES this year, I came across some pretty exciting anti-theft technology that’s developing. I’m sure that many of you have heard of Lo-Jack. They are best known for providing tracking technology for recovering stolen cars. Well, it seems that Intel and Lo-Jack have been working together to provide a similar technology for laptops. Intel provides the hardware to make it work, and… Continue reading

The Morris Virus

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Robert Morris, a doctoral student at Cornell University, wrote one of the first computer viruses that spread itself via a network. When released, the virus would target VAX and Sun machines. Unlike some of today’s viruses, it was not designed to cause harm to the computer: when a computer was infected, the virus would duplicate itself every 90 seconds. This caused the computers to eventually slow down or crash as… Continue reading

Defining Malware

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Chad from IN asks:

What’s the difference between spyware, viruses, malware, adware and grayware?

Good question, Chad! While spyware, viruses, malware, adware and grayware are all bad, there are fundamental differences between the five which might help you combat them.

Firstly, let’s take a look at malware. Malware is

Net Guardian 2

Monday, November 16th, 2009

This is a follow-up to my first article on Net Guardian, which can be found here.

How can you be sure that Net Guardian will not become obsolete?

Since there are many thousands of new Web sites added to the World Wide Web everyday, Net Guardian is able to update accordingly. Net Guardian uses high-speed computers called “Mudcrawlers”, R3000 Servers, that are… Continue reading

Google Privacy Dashboard

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

As I’m sure you already know, if you have any accounts with Google, (gmail, youtube, Google checkout, google docs, google calendar, igoogle, picasa web albums, google talk, etc.) Google keeps usage and data statistics on you. This fact has caused some people to say that Google knows to much about a user. Many people think that Google is infringing on their users’ privacy rights.

Well, awhile back… Continue reading

Web-Based Virus Scans

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

If you’ve fallen victim to some nasty viruses or horrible spyware, chances are you won’t be able to boot up your antivirus software. What many computer users don’t know is that you can also get access to virus removal scans online. So, when your antivirus won’t work and you can’t get rid of the virus any other way, here’s some Web sites you can visit to put everything back the… Continue reading

Microsoft Security Essentials

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

So I’m sure that many of you have heard of Microsoft’s new Security Essentials program. According to Microsoft, MS Security Essentials is virus, spyware and malware protection for free.

When I first saw this I was blown away. I thought that there is no way Microsoft is going to release a program, for free, that others have paid big bucks for in the… Continue reading

Remove Ransomware

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Recently, I wrote an article on how to recognize and avoid Rogue software.

What the article did not cover, however, is how to remove a program should you accidentally get infected. Because there is a new and particularly nasty program infecting computers out there, this article explains how to remove Malware in general, and specifically, how to remove “Total Security 2009”.… Continue reading

The State of Internet Security

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Just last week, Websense Security Labs released it’s State Of Internet Security report. This report is released twice a year and it covers all changes in website and internet security in the past 6 months. While we can generally expect that internet vulnerabilities, spam and other attacks will rise, this report was especially grim.

According to the report, the number of malicious sites on the web has… Continue reading

Basic Security Safety

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

As I’m sure some of you know by now, I am a pretty big stickler for security. As the “security guy” here at Worldstart, I am in charge of making sure that your stuff remains safe. To accomplish this, there are quite a few precautions that we take on our end. These measures that we take everyday ensure that information like your credit card number and your passwords are not… Continue reading


Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

What is that over there on the horizon? Do you see it? It looks like a HUGE SECURITY ISSUE!!!

That’s right. Just a couple weeks ago, the Black Hat Security Conference took place. For those of you who have never heard of this conference, I’ll explain how this one is a bit ‘different’ than your average security meeting. You see, in the Black Hat conference… Continue reading

Net Guardian 1

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The Internet revolution has created a dependency on technology for nearly everyone young and old, basically requiring us to access the World Wide Web several times daily. Computers and Internet connections are both becoming basic commodities for every household around the world these days. However, since the Internet is an open portal for any uncensored information, surfing the Internet is frequently not safe for children to navigate alone.… Continue reading

ActiveX Vulnerability

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

I’m not trying to sound like a broken record here, but just yesterday Microsoft announced yet another major security issue for windows XP users that have IE7 and IE6. Unlike last week’s vulnerability that only affected the MS direct show plugin, this new issue affects multiple ActiveX controls that could be used to hijack your computer.

Both of these issues only work on older browsers and operating systems… Continue reading

Microsoft Security Essentials Beta

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Just yesterday, Microsoft launched its newest attempt at securing Windows PCs. The product, called Microsoft Security Essentials, will be a free set of basic security tools and A/V software for windows users. This software package is not intended to be the only security software on a pc, but instead a set of tools that will provide basic protection if a computer does not have a full featured security suite… Continue reading

DirectShow Flaw

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Just a few days ago, Microsoft acknowledged a major security flaw in windows XP and older operating systems. This flaw has to do with the program Microsoft DirectShow that handles multimedia aspects in your system. While you may not actually see DirectShow appear on your screen, many applications and plugins use this program to display multimedia items on your screen throughout your average day on the computer.

This program by… Continue reading

Spam by the Numbers for May

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

p>It seems that no matter what the security experts try, spam levels still manage to go up. Every month Symantec Messagelabs creates a report on email spam that details all spam activity in the world. The most recent report on May’s spam levels are very alarming. According to the report, spam levels in may hit an all time record. Nearly 9 out of 10 emails sent in may were spam… Continue reading

Rogue Software Screen Images

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Brody from KS asks:

When I am surfing the web I sometimes get strange message windows popping up. Windows Security Alerts or error messages saying that my computer is “infected” or “too slow”. How can I tell if they are real and what should I do about them?

TCP View

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

TCP View and You

Today’s security article is for those of you that really like to “see” what your computer is doing. Have you ever wondered what your computer does when it connects to the internet, or what programs on your computer use the internet? Well, if you answered yes to either one of those, you are gonna love this!

The other day I was thinking about all of… Continue reading

Cyber Czar

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

It seems that computer security issues are affecting everyone these days. Even government organizations like the FBI and the office of the president have been afflicted with viruses and data theft. President Obama recently admitted that during his campaign, his office’s computers were infected and critical campaign information was stolen! This just shows that anyone can be a victim of cyber crime; not just regular folks like you and me.… Continue reading

Use Adobe Acrobat Safely

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Can I use “Adobe Reader” and “Adobe Acrobat” safely?

Adobe Systems Inc. recently acknowledged that all versions of its popular PDF software, including editions for Windows, Mac and Linux, contain at least one, or possibly two, critical vulnerabilities. Knowing this, is there a way one can use their Adobe PDF reader safely?

Yes. Fortunately, there is an easy way to stay safe until Adobe releases… Continue reading

Conficker Again?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

So, it looks like the Conficker worm is still not quite ready to go away. Ever since April 1st when the Conficker worm failed to do its task, as some claimed it would, people assumed that the worm was not a threat. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Some recent research has found that Conficker is alive and well; infecting up to 50,000 computers daily!

At this point, the worm… Continue reading

Is Google Tracking me?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

I read recently that Google is tracking my interests for advertising purposes. Is this true and should I stay away from Google?

This is a great question and I will be happy to let everyone know how this works.

It is true that Google just announced a new technology for Internet advertising that they call Interest-based Advertising. As I’m sure you can guess, this allows… Continue reading

The Death of Autorun

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Last week, Microsoft announced a pretty major change in security policy for windows XP, Vista and the upcoming Version 7 of their operating systems. Ever since the beginning, when you would plug in a device such as an external hard drive or flash drive, the “auto run” dialog box would appear. This box would many times offer you frequently used options for starting your device.

Well, this is all going… Continue reading

Why do People Make Viruses?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Q: Why do people make viruses?

A: This is a very good question! I know it seems like the maker of a virus gets absolutely nothing out of the deal, but there are some real reasons that hackers make viruses.

Here are a few to think about:

1. Personal problems – I start with this one because I think it’s funny. Some people make viruses because it… Continue reading

Web of Trust

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

These days it seems like there are more and more malicious web sites cropping up every day. These sites can either cause harm to your computer, or just annoy you and waste your time. I’m sure that I’m not the only one that feels that way, too. Well, now we can fight against malicious websites with a little add on for Firefox and IE called Web Of Trust (WOT).

WOT… Continue reading

Windows Activation Status

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Microsoft likes it when people activate their software. If you just got a new computer, chances are that when you first booted it up, Windows asked you to activate. It goes pretty quick, and in no time you’re off and running with your PC; carefree and without any activation reservations.

But what if you bought that Vista or Windows 7 machine

PCI Compliance

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Some seriously bad news for data security came out awhile back. According to the 2009 Data Breach Investigation Report, there were 295 million data records stolen (or breached) last year. That is more than the previous 4 years combined! Also, according to the report, 64% of these breaches were done by hackers, while 38% were done through malware.

These are some shocking numbers, and keep in mind… Continue reading

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