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I spent last few days trying to heal computers affected by Worm:VBS/Banie.A. I noticed that, on the affected computers, the worm hides the original Microsoft Word files and create multiple Word files (files with extension .doc or docx) with the following extension: "filename.doc.vbe" or "filename.docx.vbe". Opening this document would run the script and affects the computer. Once the computer is infected with the worm, it automatically spreads through other computers connected to the same network causing more damages. I have also noticed that, this worm iserts malicious Javascript inside the header of HTML files, causing more damages. For example, if…
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Protecting our privacy online is one of the hardest task to achieve in today's widely inter-connected world. All the browsers, like Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc., we use today are way advanced and keep track of your browsing history, for various purposes. Some websites track your online activity to serve better, targeted ads, or suggest news and sites that you may like and to make your whole browsing experience seamless. While there are good things for letting some trusted websites to track your online activities, there are also too many bad things, because there are billions of websites…
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Complete privacy is almost impossible to anyone who uses Internet today. Most of us have social profiles on various social media sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter and professional networks like LinkedIn. There are numerous success stories from people who gets their dream job through these social media sites. However, we would not want to compromise our privacy for this reason. Unlike Facebook or Google+, controlling our public profile in LinkedIn is really difficult, for the  simple reason that the latter is a professional network and not a platform for you to vent too much of your  personal stuffs. This article…
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I recently recieved an email with a subject, "DHL Package delivery status", and an attachment notifying me of a failed shipment via DHL. Similar email has been going around online for a while. If you have recently sent something via DHL and waiting for a delivery status from them, be sure not to fall for this hoax email and infect your computer with malware through this Phishing attempt. DHL Package Delivery Status: Sample of Hoax Email "Dear aneesh, with this message we notify you that shipment at your destination, tracking ID  #30595788, has FAILED  due to an address mismatch. To…
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Phishing emails are not new, most of us receive hundreds of emails from people claiming that we have won millions through lottery or Microsoft is giving away money, etc. The new such email is targeted on Apple users and is taking its round on the Internet. This new phishing email spreading around the Internet asking users to update their billing information and fool Apple users, stealing sensitive information such as credit card number, usernames and passwords.   This phishing email goes around with the subject, "Apple update your Billing Information" and is appeared to come from "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." which is the…
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The use of emails have grown rapidly in the past years. According to studies conducted by Pew Research, 92% of American adults use Internet to send or read emails. According to other studies, an average corporate user receives about 110 emails per day. I think Gmail is awesome, it has such a beautiful, clean interface for the email, amazing conversation layout, etc. Above all of these, what I find wonderful is the other Google products, such as Google Docs- I use Google docs with my project mates for colloborating and it work awesome. Most of us use a single Gmail address…
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Do you know that Facebook has stored all phone numbers from your mobile device? Today I accidentally came across a huge list of phone numbers in my Profile while fine tuning my Privacy settings. I had no idea how this happened! According to Facebook Help, "The contacts listed here include the information you've imported or synced to Facebook…"  I do not think that its true! Facebook does not make any effort in telling the users how they get access to our contacts on the mobile device. Moreover, Facebook makes it so damn difficult to find how to delete or even…
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You may have noticed that LinkedIn has recently updated their privacy policy. Along with it, LinkedIn started using our profile data for third party advertising, just like how Facebook did it sometime ago. This option is selected for all LinkedIn users by default, leaving less tech-savvy users unknown about LinkedIn's policy of using their data for third party advertising purposes.
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NakedSecurity reported a new Facebook scam pretending users to connect with Facebook's new video calling feature. As you all may have read in news, Facebook has teamed up with Skype to bring you a new feature in Facebook chat, Video Calling, which allows you to make live face to face chat with your Facebook friends. According to NakedSecurity, one of the largest IT Security blogs by Sophos.com, clicking on the link provided by this scam can cause serious damage to your computer as well as loss of valuable personal data, through Phishing.
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The following article talks about Privacy on Facebook and Facebook app to protect your privacy: Free Virus Scan and Removal from CyberDefender—Rated 5 Stars on Yelp! Make your PC faster and safer with this free security scan and Virus removal.Download Early Detection Center Free >
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Remove Viruses & Spyware in Minutes. Make your PC faster and safer with this free security scan and Virus removal. Free Download – Click Here > Have you ever Google-d yourself and try to find information about you which are easily accessible to anyone around the world? Ever wondered if you could have deleted some 'ugly' stuffs about you from the Internet? Well, that's exactly what Google is trying to do with their new tool, Me on the Web.
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Pop-Ups? Errors? Crashes? These are symptoms of Virus or other online attacks. Clean and protect your PC with Early Detection Center. Try It For Free > I just happen to see the following email in the Junk mail folder in Hotmail. I thought I should share this piece of information with you guys. It’s about Phishing and how innocent people get cheated online and lose their money and identity. What is Phishing? Phishing is an e-mail fraud method where legitimate-looking emails are sent out in an attempt to steal personal and financial information from innocent recipients. Phishing emails are designed…
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I posted earlier on iPhone tracking users location using the location services. Apple has recently released an update, iOS 4.3.3 which reduces the size of the cache file, This means that, iPhone will not store our location data anymore and will not sync this location information with the computer we use to sync our phone with. Apple has also released a Q&A page to explain why Apple is collecting location data. This can be accessed by clicking here. Apple said that the iOS 4.3.3 contains changes to the iOS cloud based location statistics including the following;
Sunday, 22 May 2011 15:06

Job Scam Alert from JobStreet.com

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I recently recieved an email alert from www.jobstreet.com, notifying about the recent scam, the message is shown below. Beware of similar scams as scammers are getting more and more sophisticated in their attack modes. Job Scam AlertDear Aneesh,We've noticed an increase in the amount of job scams recently. Scammers are pretending to be reputable Multinational Corporations, including Oil and Gas companies, and sending jobseekers an email confirming how they have been accepted for an interview overseas.
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Facebook and emails are being flooded with scams claiming to show you death videos and photos of Osama Bin Laden since his death. FBI is warning people to be ware of these sort of emails and Facebook posts because they contain viruses that can seriously damage your computer. Once your computer is affected with this virus, it starts spreading to all people in your contact lists, affecting your friend's and associate's computers. According to Sophos, an anti-virus software developer, Some Google searches related to Osama automatically directs users to Web sites offering malicious software. The bad links falsely alert users…
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Edit your Facebook Places privacy settings in following few steps and protect your privacy. In case you think that you've nothing to lose by someone knowing where you "Check in", you may please choose not to read further. Step 1: Log on to your Facebook and click on Privacy Settings and Customize settings as highlighted.
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You may have been hearing much about iPhone user's movements being tracked and stored without the user's knowledge . Researchers found that Apple started recording location log, that is continually updated, on a file inside your iPhone and on the Computers that phone is sycned since iOS 4.0 release in June 2010. The log file named "consolidated.db" contains a list of coordinates and its associated time stamps in seconds. The scary part of this log file is that it is stored without even having any sort of password protection or encryption. That means anyone, any malware or even your jealousy…
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Adobe has released a Critical security alert on a serious vulnerability exploitation via emails on Adobe Flash Player version 10.2.153.1 and earlier versions for Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris operating systems, version 10.2.154.25 and earlier for Chrome users and 10.2.156.12 and earlier for Android users. According to Adobe, a critical security alert means “A vulnerability, which, if exploited would allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware.” Click here for information on various alert ratings from Adobe.
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Computers and digital devices have become an unavoidable part of our life. We use passwords for every other thing that we do, for our emails, Internet Banking, ATM cards, Phones and the list can go on and on… How many times we reuse the same passwords for all of the various accounts we have? Most of us forget the danger of having silly passwords, like our nick name, names of the places we visit or was born, friends, flowers, dogs, etc. I remember my Hotmail account being ‘hacked’ by one of my friends a decade back. All he did was…
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