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    to change your passwords on your email, and on your facebook!
    my girlfriends facebook account was hi-jacked and her email.

    also take time today to update your virus protection programs.

    better safe than sorry!

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    and i will shout it from the rooftops till we reach the end of the internet:
    anti-virus protection is good, but your still nekkid, if you don't buy Spyware protection also.
    (also thinking of some kind of malware protection, but don't know where to get it!)
    Your butt can't be covered enough on the internet...ask me how I know and I'll tell you about two weeks of borrowing DD's computer, only to find out, I affected her too! :evil:
    All's well, though...she was covered! smart girl :thumbup:

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    Thanks for the reminder!

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    Thank you for the reminder :D:D:D It never hurts to change these often... stupid hackers :evil:

    My antivirus program has spyware already incorporated into it :wink:

    My antivirus has pinged and flashed at me just cruising through quilting sites... those little spy/malware are everywhere as well as viruses...

    One that was really hard to get off of my computer was a free download I tried years ago. You got free smilies, wallpaper, screensavers, etc... It really grabbed on and wouldn't let go... talk about a mess!!!

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    Firefox has an add-on called "Web of Trust" and it's really neat - it will let you know in a big way if a website is considered a risk. Even doing a google search there are things beside each website that shows up - green (ok) orange (shady) or red (bad)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    Firefox has an add-on called "Web of Trust" and it's really neat - it will let you know in a big way if a website is considered a risk. Even doing a google search there are things beside each website that shows up - green (ok) orange (shady) or red (bad)
    I use Firefox. Where do you find the "Web of Trust"? Is it a download? Where do you go to find and download?

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    Thanks never thought about facebook. I have enough problems with people getting my info.

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    i use free "super anti spyware"

    and

    free "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware"

    you have to runt hem yourself, because they are free..but i do it more often..a few times a week.

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    I use Firefox too and still my laptop got hit a couple of weeks ago!
    Had a geek friend fix it and put malware and spyware protection on it! Runs good now, but the "A" key is sticking..... must be from the donuts at Marsye's :-D

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    My son is a geek in network security. He takes classes called things like "Ethical Hacking"! He told me if you go on the internet without any protection, the time it will take you to get a virus is 3 seconds. Eeeeyowch!

    He tells me all these horror stories when he comes home from conventions about the newest evil stuff people can do to your computer. Sometimes I wish he'd been a plumber, but then when I have something go wrong with my computer I'm terribly glad I can just pick up the phone and have him fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    I use Firefox too and still my laptop got hit a couple of weeks ago!
    Had a geek friend fix it and put malware and spyware protection on it! Runs good now, but the "A" key is sticking..... must be from the donuts at Marsye's :-D
    my "five" is not working either, at all...dang.

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    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but facebook is very public despite people thinking only "friends" can see their pages. So please be careful what you post. People lose jobs or never get interviews because of their facebook pages. It drives me nuts to see what some of the people I know post on the net. Also, once something is posted anywhere on the net (there really is no delete function, no matter what software you have running) someone can access it because there is always a loophole and a printer somewhere.

    Most people don't realize how easy it is to access information of any kind. There are readers that retrieve credit card information from unknowing shoppers from outside the store. You don't have to have someone steal your card and find your PIN number anymore. One of the easiest is when people drive around looking for open wireless hubs and hack into home networks, etc.

    Unfortunately, I think we were probably more personally secure before the great "techno revolution". I am as guilty as the next person about not changing passwords, but you really should on important accounts every week.

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    You would think with all the hassle Facebook, myspace and that Twitting page one would run as fast as they can from those sites. Hotmail and Yahoo mail included.

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    I don't use them and never will. My computer has a firewall for the firewall. I keep the really important information on a computer that is not connected to any network at all. I was hacked only once and knew who did it because they brought me the "evidence". It taught me a very good lesson. Now I am much more cautious.

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    It is soooo scary anymore. And I am as dumb as a box of rocks regarding computers. Thank goodness DH knows a little about them.

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