Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Twitter. Hacked. Again. (yawn).

To get something done a committee should consist of no more than three people, two of whom are absent.” ~ Robert Copeland

Well, I think this headline says it all: Twitter recovers after second worm attack in a week

“Twitter is cleaning up from another fast-spreading worm that took advantage of a popular class of vulnerabilities and the inherent trust many users have for the microblogging site.”

I found this attack interesting because the people who fell for it had clicked on a “tweet” that simply said, “WTF”. For those who would like to read all the juicy details, click here.

Tip of the day: (I cannot believe I have to say this in the year 2010)
Do NOT open e-mail from strangers. Do NOT click the links those emails contain. This applies to everything online – tweets, Facebook “wall” postings, Instant Messages… and be dubious of those that appear to come from people you do know. Because that can be faked, or they can be hacked.
Let’s use some paranoid common sense out there people (because they are out to get you).

They want me to click.. Why?

Today’s free link: Have you come across a website that you know is malicious? Maybe it infected you? Or perhaps you have received an email that said,

Hello,
Look – http://sites.google.com/site/udcztyetjp/qsn
it’s very good ;-)
tjzz

and you would like to report it to someone? So maybe others can avoid it? Well the search engine we know as Google has a form you can use, here: http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/report_badware/
There are no “Internet cops” protecting us, so we need to be looking out for each other.

Today’s free download: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0

Reviewed by: Seth Rosenblatt on January 18, 2010
Avast Free 5, an A-list freeware antivirus app, provides the same steadfast protection of well-known, pricier antivirus programs. Avast is remarkable for both its effectiveness and arguably providing the most complete free antivirus on the market.”

Today’s question to you: (please answer using the “Comment” feature, below.) This is directed at parents:
Is there a website/forum/online resource for parents that you have found to be particularly helpful?

Copyright 2007-2010 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved. jaanix post to jaanix.


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September 28, 2010 - Posted by | advice, antivirus, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, social networking

4 Comments »

  1. TechPaul,

    People just do not learn… Good advice on your part. Excellent example.

    Best way to avoid it all, is stay away from the Social Sites.

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | September 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      Yes.. I seem to have to find a way to fit that simple message in to one of my posts every few days. Hopefully our readers will “get the message”, and practice Safe Surfing.

      But (as you know) this is just one more example of what the ‘experts’ call “social engineering“: this time playing on our (natural) curiosity.
      They say “user education” is our best defense.. I have my doubts, but I keep trying!

      .. Hey, Rick? Do you have any tips for parenting sites? Maybe.. help for parents trying to cope with this digital age?

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      Comment by techpaul | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. TechPaul,

    You challenged me here and what I came up is at this website:

    Practical Advice for Parents

    http://www.bluekids.org/parentsandcaregivers/pap_computeruse.asp

    The problem with parents (and children) coping with the digital age is that the parents is as bad as the children when it comes to the social sites. Hmmm… This could be an idea for an article!

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | September 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Yet again, I must doff my hat and bow my thanks.

      This is going on my blogroll ASAP.

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      Comment by techpaul | September 29, 2010 | Reply


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