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Internet Security Tips: Never Reply / Send request to Spam Emails


This is part of a series of everyday Tips for your Internet Security. You can find the rest of the Tips here.

Emails today are the lifeline of online communication. You cannot imagine your life without emails.

But every good thing comes with bad patches. Emails are no exception. And that one one BAD thing about Emails is “Spam”. They make your life more complex, they eat up your precious online time, they open your Internet Security and bring online threats to your desktop.

While helping people tightening their Internet Security, I have seen many people replying to the spam emails with messages like “Do Not Disturb me in future”. Many spam emails contain links to “Unsubscribe” or “Remove Me” links. People click on them thinking that they will be removed from the mailing list and no more spam will come to their Inbox in future.

But this is all misconception.

Never click anywhere in a Spam email. Never.

If you click on a “Remove Me” button, this is sure way to tell the spammer that your email address is a valid one. You open your emails and are vulnerable enough to read them and naive enough to click on a link contained. Simply said, you are a perfect target for sending more spams with more serious threats.

You are a goldmine for them. Expect to get some more unwanted “gifts” from them.

Remember, Never Opt-out of lists you did not Opt-in to in the first place.

We encourage you to go through all the Tips on Internet Security. Some of these tips are quite common, but often ignored by most computer users.

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Internet Security Tips: Keep Comupter Secure with Secunia PSI


This is part of a series of everyday Tips for your Internet Security.

In my professional world, I found many Windows users do not care a damn about updating the Software and Applications installed on their systems. In many cases, even if they are aware of the security hazards of running an outdated version of a software application, there are several reasons, behind they not upgrading their software.

Some of them may be like… Read the full story

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Internet Security Tips: Look hard at URL destination before you Click it


This is part of a series of everyday Tips for your Internet Security.

URLs are the pathways of the Internet World. Internet happens to be what it is because of URLs. They take you from place to place, from website to website. And this very fact offers the biggest threat to your Internet Security.

If URLs are the gateways to great websites with heaps of information, they are also lead to the bad places and websites, which may cause havoc to the PCs and systems of their visitors. It is only you, who has to decide where you want to go. Be rational, be calm and develop a habit of taking a hard look at the destination before clicking on any URL.

Believe me, this one habit will be worth more than hundreds of dollars you might throw in purchasing the best of the Internet Security Software available today. Remember, prevention is better than cure, and it is true here also. Read the full story

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Internet Security Tips: Test Passwords with Microsoft’s Password Strength Checker


This is part of a series of everyday Tips for your Internet Security.

Passwords are the keys of your Internet Security. Web 2.0 is characterized by the development of membership websites, where the content is dynamic and user driven and for using them you have to get the membership. And with every membership, you are required to maintain yet another set of username and password.

With so many usernames and passwords to remember, it becomes natural that you start compromising on the security of your passwords and start repeating them for different websites. Or you start making weak passwords like names of spouse, date of births, zip codes, telephone numbers, etc. etc. And if you do not do any of these two things, you start trusting your browser, and store your login and passwords in your browser.

I must say, all of these three situations are dangerous and jeopardize your online security.

So what is the solution

The solution lies in devising a way to manage passwords, without compromising on the strength of the passwords.

We will let you know about how to create strong passwords easily in a different article. We will also let you know how to manage your passwords easily. There are useful tools like Roboform for that (See the video below to understand how Roboform works). In this post we just wanted to let you know about a useful tool, which allows you to check the strength of your passwords.

After you have created a password, you can easily check about its strength on the Microsoft’s Password Strength Checker. You can trust Microsoft not storing your password in any manner. When you are absolutely sure about your password strength, then only you start using it.

However, after extensive trial of this tool, I am not completely satisfied with the algorithm. It heavily relies on the use of different types of characters in the passwords. For instance, I tried to make a 40 character password, with all lower case letters, and it continued to tell me it is a weak password. Yes I know that using only lowercase letters in a password is not a good idea, but the 40 character length should have prompted it to give it at least a medium grade.

But still a useful tool, and I recommend it.

Remember, your Internet Security is too precious and spending a few moments here and there to fortify your online security, is better than repenting later.
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Video shows how Roboform Works

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Internet Security Tips: Use KeyScrambler to Defeat Keyloggers


This is part of a series of everyday Tips for your Internet Security.

Keyloggers are one of the biggest threats to your Online Privacy. They just sit quietly in your system, watch your activities as you type, and send that info to a remote administrator. You never know, when all your credit card numbers, bank passwords, email accounts are now within the hands of a fraudster.

How to avoid Keyloggers

There are different algorithms and different levels at which Keyloggers operate. And there is no fool proof security against all types of Keyloggers. But here we will introduce you to a simple but highy useful tool, which is effective against many sorts of Keylogging activities.

Welcome to KeyScrambler.

It is a Browser extension, which scrambles / encrypt all your keystrokes, when you enter anything on a web-form on a website. Thus it protects you from any sniffing activity in-between.

KeyScrambler Personal: The anti-keylogging browser addon protects IE, Firefox, Flock against keyloggers. It encrypts everything you type into a web page, including logins, account numbers, addresses, email messages, and more. Absolutely Free.

If you are a firefox user, you can download it from the official Firefox addon site. In case you are using any other browser like IE or FLock, you can download it from the develop site.

See this small video below to understand How Keyscrambler operates.
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We encourage you to go through all the Tips on Internet Security. Some of these tips are quite common, but often ignored by most computer users.

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Internet Security Tips: Turn OFF Email Preview Pane


This is part of a series of everyday Tips for your Internet Security.

Microsoft Outlook and many other web-based email programs have a Preview Pane feature, which shows you the contents of an email just by clicking (selecting) an email. This offers a lot of convenience as you can quickly browse through the contents of the mail before actually opening it.

But it offers a big security risk too.

Seeing the preview is as good as opening the email. Many of today’s email viruses will run as soon as the email is opened without you double-clicking on an attachment or anything. It’s kind of like opening an envelope from your  mailbox only to find that there is some mysterious white powder in it. Once it has been opened, the damage is done.

So why to Risk your Internet Security. It is too precious to jeopardize just to for the sake of saving a few seconds.

How to Turn OFF Preview Pane

  • If you are using Outlook go to View menu > Current View > Click Customize Current View.
  • Click on Other Settings
  • In the AutoPreview group, click No AutoPreview.
  • In the Preview Pane group, uncheck Show Preview Pane.
  • Click OK.
  • If you are using any other Email Client or a web-based email service, then look for the options in your Email Settings.

We encourage you to go through all the Tips on Internet Security. Some of these tips are quite common, but often ignored by most computer users.

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Internet Security Tips: Defeat Keyloggers with OnScreen KeyBoards


This is part of a series of everyday Tips for your Internet Security.

Keyloggers are a common problem of most of the PC users, who do not have a tight security. Keyloggers operate at various levels like hardware, software, shell, OS; and most of them are designed to steal your private information to pass on to a remote administrator.

Remember, Keyloggers are real dangers, which can happen to any PC, including yours, and it is a fact that a few of the most dreaded online frauds have been committed using keyloggers.

Using Onscreen Keyboards to Defeat Keyloggers

Defeating keyloggers depends upon what type of keylogger is there on your system. However, here is a simple tip, which can avoid you falling victim to many keyloggers.

Many people are unaware that MS Windows XP / Vista have a built-in onscreen Keyboard, where you can use your mouse to type the characters. You can find it in the Accessibility Options of Windows.

Now, whenever you have to enter the username and password on a site, specially your banks, paypal, ebay etc., just open the Windows Onscreen Kwyboard to type the characters. I am not saying that this method is fully protected, but this can defeat many of the keyloggers, and your vulnerabilities reduces considerably.

Finding it a hassle? But remember, your Internet Security is too valuable to risk. Each small step contribute a lot to fortify your Internet Security.

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