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The New Activism ( Fire In The Belly

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The New Activism ( Fire In The Belly

  1. 1. General Spyware Defense<br />Paul Mirano<br />
  2. 2. Spyware Detection in Popular Websites<br />Cnet.com<br />Softpedia.com<br />Fileshack.com<br />Fileplanet.com<br />All of these websites advertise their products/software as “spyware free” <br />They all indulge spyware as a threat.<br />
  3. 3. General Steps to Prevention<br />Make sure your computer has the latest operating system patches and security updates.<br />Do not install unknown software.<br />Do not click on suspicious links.<br />Free games, file-sharing programs, and free screen savers & Junk mail—tricks the most users.<br />Regularly update your spyware detection and removal programs. (once a week)<br />Before downloading programs, browser toolbars, or an ActiveX application—check online and see if it’s a spyware or it can open vulnerabilities to your computer. <br />
  4. 4. Detection and Removal<br />Ad-Aware<br />Spyware detection program.<br />Scans your computer for spyware and attempts to remove them.<br />ZoneAlarm<br />Anti-virus program, firewall, and spyware detection program.<br />Firewall blocks and informs the user about malicious programs attempting to access the internet.<br />
  5. 5. Detection and Removal contd.<br />Investigate in advance<br />Know what you’re installing<br />Lookup the best anti-virus or anti-spyware software that’s best for you. <br />Consider the malicious code the software recognizes<br />And try to find out how frequently they update the virus/spyware definitions. <br />Limit the number of programs you install<br />Many vendors today advertise their products incorporating both anti-virus and spyware protection.<br />Most security suites even come with a firewall and process control software.<br />Only need 1 anti-virus software and 1 spyware detection program<br />Any more will only increase risk for problems<br /> <br />Ccleaner<br />Removes temporary internet files<br />History<br />Cookies<br />Autocomplete Form history<br />Clipboard<br />Temporary files <br />
  6. 6. Personal Perspective<br />Installing anti-virus or anti-spyware programs can affect system performance—and installing the wrong kind can dramatically slow down your system and dramatically affect the effectiveness of the anti-virus or anti-spyware program.<br />Standard Windows Firewall<br />Knowledge is power.<br />Know what I install in my system.<br />Precaution<br />Use preventive measures. Make information security top priority.<br />