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Dangerous Distraction Drains Dollars


Hackers want to install a very nasty virus in your computer. Nastier than Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.

The thought of it makes me shiver.

A very dangerous Trojan (worse than a virus) is making the rounds on Facebook.

It’s sneaky.

It behaves like a virus in some ways, it can be much more dangerous to you and your loved ones. It’s kind of like the government.

If this nasty Trojan infects your device, it can find your bank account and drain all of your cash.

And,  it spreads from people you know and trust. YIKES!

Though the virus is almost a decade old, it’s still active and very dangerous.

Having security software helps, but it’s not bulletproof. There’s still a chance that it can make its way around your anti-virus software.

Am I scaring you yet?

The best way to prevent this potential catastrophe is to avoid it.

Make sure you share this tip with all of your friends and family on Facebook!

You definitely don’t want this dangerous virus stealing their cash! You may need to borrow some of it from them in the future.

The malware in question is called “Zeus.” In most cases, it looks like a funny or shocking video one of your friends posted. It may be posted on their page or in a message to you.

No, it’s not a video of your first birthday party when your diaper fell off and your face was smeared in chocolate cake. It’s worse than that. Worse than your mother-in-law’s plot against you.

Once you click the link to the “video,” it will tell you that you need to update the player to watch it.

When you try to do that, (update the player) you download the virus. Tricky little devils aren’t they.

When you click the “Play” button, you’re actually clicking “Like” on the virus page. It will spread the link to all of your friends to try to infect them.

I knew there was something very suspicious about that “Like” button.

Don’t fall for it. If you get a message from your friend about such a video, ask them if they meant to send it. If they giggle when they answer you, well, they probably did sent it.

In most cases, they won’t even know that they are spamming you (though I’m sure many of them would love to spam you).

From what I understand, you can also search the title of the video in question on Google, YouTube, or by consulting your local witch doctor.

If nothing turns up, you’ll know the video is a scam, or they’re all in on it too.

Oh no.  It’s a conspiracy!

Hmmm…

Malware is still all around,

Trojans and viruses abound,

They’ll steal all your money,

And, honey that’s not funny,

Prevention can always be found.

 

Don’t fall for a trick or a con,

Your security should always be on,

Don’t download that spam,

Or you’ll be in a jam,

The conclusion is all but forgone.

 © 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

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Malware Machinations Make Many Miserable


The Great Guru of Gizmos says…

McAfee, a computer security firm, said they have added more than thirty million kinds of malware to its suspect database in the last twelve months (or a year whichever you prefer).

That’s one way to sell anti-virus software.

I wonder what the other security companies have found in the way of malware?

I hope you’re equipped with some kind of anti-virus software.

We are on the cusp of March. Beware of the ides.

Hmmm…

Malware is now on the rise,

To me it is not a surprise;

You’ll someday go wacky,

By some sneaky hacky,

It may cause your system’s demise.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

Chinese Criminal Compromised Computers


According to unnamed sources, a Chinese computer hacker broke into the White House computer network.

The hacker even saw sensitive nuclear codes and commands.

It happened after someone in the White House opened a phishing email.

So, if you have any secret information, like your weight or shoe size, stay away from phishing emails.

Hmmm…

The Chinese are hacking the white house,

They know every click from the First Mouse.

They saw our nuke codes,

The bombs with their loads,

They may have some dirt on the First Spouse.

Facebook Fraud Fiends


This isn’t funny at all…

I got this in an email from  Kim Komando site today:

http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=13509&utm_medium=nl&utm_source=alert&utm_content=2012-10-25-main

Hackers are sending out more scam email than ever before. That’s probably because it works!

Too many people click on links in email without thinking about how unsafe it is. Don’t be one of those people!

The latest scam to watch for is a fake email supposedly from Facebook. The email says that someone left an offensive comment on your Facebook wall and tells you to click a button to see the comment.

Of course, if you click the button you’re taken to a malicious site that looks like a Facebook profile page. The page installs the Blackhole exploit on your system, which allows hackers to remotely install other malware, including viruses that can steal your personal information!

There is a quick way you can tell this email is a fake. The sender address is faceb00k.com instead of facebook.com. That’s a common hacker trick that’s easy to miss.

However, even if the email sender did say facebook.com, it might still be a trick. Your best bet for staying safe is to open your browser and log in to your Facebook account manually.

If someone really did post something on your wall, it will show up as a notification in your profile. And you don’t have to worry about accidentally visiting a malicious website.

Hackers are sending out more scam email than ever before. That’s probably because it works!

Too many people click on links in email without thinking about how unsafe it is. Don’t be one of those people!

The latest scam to watch for is a fake email supposedly from Facebook. The email says that someone left an offensive comment on your Facebook wall and tells you to click a button to see the comment.

Of course, if you click the button you’re taken to a malicious site that looks like a Facebook profile page. The page installs the Blackhole exploit on your system, which allows hackers to remotely install other malware, including viruses that can steal your personal information!

There is a quick way you can tell this email is a fake. The sender address is faceb00k.com instead of facebook.com. That’s a common hacker trick that’s easy to miss.

However, even if the email sender did say facebook.com, it might still be a trick. Your best bet for staying safe is to open your browser and log in to your Facebook account manually.

If someone really did post something on your wall, it will show up as a notification in your profile. And you don’t have to worry about accidentally visiting a malicious website.

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