Wednesday, July 25 2012, 06:01 PM MDT
Tips For Safer Internet Surfing
(KUTV) With most web users growing wise to email phishing schemes, a new trick is on the rise.
“People are always aware that they should be careful with their email and what they click on. That same level of awareness needs to be there when you’re on a search engine, or for that matter, on Facebook or something,” says Blue Coat Systems Malware Chief Chris Larsen.
Many companies and entities spend time and money pinpointing how to get their site to the top of a list of search results. This is called search engine optimizing. Search engine poisoning uses the same strategy for scamming.
To keep your computer safe:
-Keep your searches to trusted sites when looking for news, for example stick to the established entertainment sites when looking up information on your favorite celebrity.
-Avoid web address endings that don’t look familiar.
-Always keep antivirus and malware software up to date.
According to Blue Coat Systems, malware networks infiltrate through search engines in 40% of attacks, followed by email at nearly 12% and social networking at just over 6%.
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