Viruses and Online security

Java and JavaScript…..Jan 2013

There has been a big scare in the Tech press:
http://www.zdnet.com/homeland-security-warns-to-disable-java-amid-zero-day-flaw-7000009713/?s_cid=e
Homeland Security warns to disable Java amid zero-day flaw

However, people confuse Java with Javascript. Not the same thing.

I think that the vast majority of non technical people reading this treat the two things as synonymous when they are not. The problem is exacerbated by sites which say they use Java when they mean JavaScript there needs IMHO to be clearer name distinction - I am worried that a lot of people will panic an turn off everything with "Java" in it, effectively disabling all sorts of things

Here's a nice tool which shows immediately if you are running Java in your browser

http://javatester.org/version.html

To unplug (disable) Java, do one of the following:

In Firefox, select "Tools" from the main menu, then "Add-ons," then click the "Disable" button next to any Java plug-ins.
In Safari, click "Safari" in the main menu bar, then "Preferences," then select the "Security" tab and uncheck the button next to "Enable Java."
In Chrome, type or copy "Chrome://Plugins" into your browser's address bar, then click the "Disable" button below any Java plug-ins.
In Internet Explorer, follow these instructions for disabling Java in all browsers via the Control Panel. There is no way to completely disable Java specifically in IE. http://www.java.com/en/download/help/disable_browser.xml

Symantec

http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/WelcomePage.asp
Download and install Norton Security Scan. It will automatically scan your computer every week, replacing the need for you to manually scan using Symantec Security Check. It’s quick, easy, and best of all, it’s free!

If you would like to scan your computer for worms, viruses, Trojans and malicious code, visit HouseCall, Trend Micro's free, online virus scanner at:
http://es.trendmicro.com/es/products/personal/free-tools-and-services/index.html
Housecall :- Unfotunately the website thinks you are spanish - click on Housecall
(Use Google Toolbar Spanish translator option )

http://www.f-secure.com/en_EMEA/security/tools/online-scanner/
FSECURE: Online Scanner can help get rid of viruses and spyware causing problems on your PC.
After running Online Scanner, you should make sure that you have an up-to-date security solution keeping your computer free of problems in the future.


Check if you have a worm

You can pick up worms and nasties in all sorts of ways. Visit the following website to download a tiny program TCPVIEW to see if you picked up anything during your internet travels!
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897437.aspx


Articles:

Do we need security ?

http://blogs.zdnet.com/service-oriented/?p=4492&tag=nl.e589
Passwords, security protocols cost more than they save, says Microsoft researcher

Danger from unexpected sources:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=6196&tag=nl.e550
Embedded PDF executable hack goes live in Zeus malware attacks

Links to Anti-virus Websites

Phishing - description http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing
Symantec research http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/index.html

Debunking internet hoaxes and scams. Check here first before you forward any internet scares!

Hoaxes/scares http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/hoaxes
Debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams: http://www.hoax-slayer.com

Someone Phishing for your bank account details ? - Report them!

Many Club members receive phishing e-mails (mails supposedly coming from your bank which ask for your bank account details). Most of us just delete the offending messages. However it would be best to help in tracking down these criminals. To do so, do your bit and follow the instructions on these websites. Check the nationality of the bank the phisher is pretending to represent and use the appropriate links.

UK banks - Bank Safe Online
UK Banks

International - Fraud Watch International
International

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