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FaceBook Virus Update

terryperkinsbw150jpgWith all the social networking going on today, it is no wonder that viruses are being created to target specific social networking sites.  It is more important than ever to keep your anti-virus software up-to-date.  Here is the latest warning on a FaceBook virus.

          

December 4, Reuters – (International) Destructive Koobface virus turns up on Facebook. Facebook’s 120 million users are being targeted by a virus dubbed “Koobface” that uses the social network’s messaging system to infect PCs, and then tries to gather sensitive information such as credit card numbers. It is the latest attack by hackers increasingly looking to prey on users of social networking sites. Koobface spreads by sending notes to friends of someone whose PC has been infected. The messages, with subject headers like, “You look just awesome in this new movie,” direct recipients to a website where they are asked to download what it claims is an update of Adobe Systems Inc.’s Flash player. If they download the software, users end up with an infected computer, which then takes users to contaminated sites when they try to use search engines from Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Live.com, according McAfee. McAfee warned in a blog entry on Wednesday that its researchers had discovered that Koobface was making the rounds on Facebook. Privately held Facebook has told members to delete contaminated e-mails and has posted directions at www.facebook.com/security on how to clean infected computers. Source:
        
Today, it’s FaceBook… Tomorrow, it will be yet another popular online gathering place.  Update your anti-virus protection routinely. From there, socialize happily and more importantly — safely. ~ Security Chic / Terry Perkins
 

Happy National Cyber Security Awareness Month

[By Security Chick : Terry Perkins] October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  What better month for me to try my  blogging skills!  National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to increase awareness about Internet security.  A good place to start is with good, strong passwords.  Not all Internet sites need to have same strength password.  For example, banking sites need stronger passwords than a news site (some news sites require a login).  As a matter of fact, one of my pet peeves is when a site emails the login and passwords that you have just set up.  Rant – why do I need an email sent with the information that I just set up.   I have sent many a email ranting about just that.  Most of the time I get a response like most people can’t remember there passwords.  Great!  Let’s send it in email – in the same email, login and password.  Sorry, I digress.

Good, strong passwords are 12+ characters and do not contain dictionary words, kids or spouses names, birth dates, pets names and other identifiable information.  Passwords should contain each of the following categories:  upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters.  This is very important.   I use phrases or mantras – okay positive mantras.  Here is an example: Four score and seven years ago, our father brought forth a new nation……..  The password could be 4S&7yrsAofb4th!.  Please don’t use this one.  It is just an example.  When I type my password I am then saying the phrase or better yet positive mantra in my head thus reinforcing the positive thought.  Okay – I admit it.  I’m a little weird.  What do you expect from a security person.