Save Your Money By Using Your ISP’s Security Product

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To my current knowledge, several broadband and cable companies are giving out free Internet Security software to their customers.  AT&T customers can download McAfee Internet Security for free; Comcast customers can download Norton Security Suite for free.  Other broadband and cable companies might have their own security products as well, and so nowadays I don’t think it’s necessary for users who use broadband and cable to buy their own Internet Security software.

If you aren’t sure about being able to download free security product from your Internet service provider, you can call your ISP and ask about their free security product.  Of course, you can always switch to a better ISP that provides you top of the line security product.  If you think your ISP is faster and cheaper than any other ISP and yet you can’t download a free security product, then I guess you need to buy a standalone security product from a well known security company such as Symantec and stay loyal to your ISP.

In conclusion, broadband and cable companies such as AT&T are doing a great job in protecting their customers by providing free security software.  The Internet is somewhat less hazardous to huge pools of people who can download and install free security products from their ISPs.  So, don’t you go out and waste money on a standalone security product before you ask your ISP for a similar product first, OK?  Good luck!

Facebook Fails To Protect 600,000 Accounts Each Day?

According to redtape.msnbc.msn.com, about 600,000 Facebook accounts could be compromised each day.  It’s a huge number in anyway you look at.  Each day bring anew the possibility of more people’s Facebook accounts are going to be compromised, and these people will have to worry about what the hackers will do to their lives.

Digital life is no longer isolated in the digital world!  In fact, digital life can be pretty much effective in enhancing one’s real life or vice versa.  Imagine if someone has your Facebook account credential and is able to log into your Facebook to change strict privacy settings to everyone can see settings for personal information, it can be quite embarrassing and at times troubling.

Here is a worse imaginative situation, what if someone pretends to be you using your Facebook credential to post child pornography?  Will the police and other bodies of authorities go after you or the true culprit?  As you can see, it’s quite scary indeed!

This is why I think it’s so important for people like us to be paranoid about our computer security at all times.  Do not let your guard down for one moment!  So, in regarding to securing your Facebook credential, it’s not stopping just at tightening up your Facebook’s privacy settings and changing weak password to strong one, but it’s more of the whole nine yards.

The whole nine yards?  It’s more of making sure the computer you are on is free of Trojans and malware and viruses and rootkits.  It’s more of making sure the computer network you are on is secure and requiring known users to enter latest and strongest encrypted/algorithmic passphrase before they can use the network.  It’s more of making sure securing one’s email accounts with strongest passwords so hackers cannot easily obtain the email accounts’ credentials, otherwise hackers can use these email accounts to reset passwords for your other important online accounts.  It’s more of making sure keeping your many passwords safe and secure, and it’s best to encrypt your passwords and store encrypted passwords in encrypted hard drives — you don’t have to lose passwords and yet prevent hackers from easily obtaining these passwords.  It’s more of making sure not to download strange software and communicate with strange people and open up strange emails and click on strange links in emails and click on strange links in instant messengers and so on.  Oh my, it’s more of a lot more, but I think you get the gist!

Anyhow, Facebook users best to change password at least once a month, and make sure password is strong enough to beat dictionary brute force cracking password method and memorable/unique enough so you don’t have to forget it.  It’s hard to create such password, but it’s worth it in the end!  Once log into Facebook, make sure change the privacy settings to stricter settings.  Don’t forget to remove applications that you are not trusting from having permission to interact with your Facebook account.  An example would be do not allow strangers to view your mobile numbers.

If you have a Facebook account, you must maintain it.  Even if you do not maintain it, you still have to make sure you visit it once a month at the least.  This way you can be sure your Facebook account is alright and isn’t doing something malicious without your knowledge.

OK, let me backtrack a bit, don’t try to install unknown antivirus software and computer security software, because these software might be malware themselves.  It’s best to use well known computer security software such as Norton of Symantec.  I’m sure there are other great computer security software out there, but I don’t have them at the top of my head at the moment, and so you have to do some research!

Let end this post by me saying more of the same, if you know how to make it super hard for hackers to hack your Facebook account, then you’re halfway success in preventing hackers from hacking many other accounts of yours, assuming you’re as devoted to securing other accounts the same way you have with your Facebook account.  Why halfway?  The other half is rest on the shoulders of the web service providers and various factors that are outside of your control.  If the web service providers lack in security measures, hackers don’t have to hack you but they can just hack the web service providers directly and obtain your credentials along with every other user who uses the same web service providers.

Product Review: Norton Internet Security 2012 (Video)

It’s this time of the year that new computer security products make themselves known.  It’s this time of the year that I like to do product reviews on various computer security products.  Well, within this post, I like to post a video that I had created for the purpose of reviewing Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2012.  So, I hope you’ll enjoy the “Product Review:  Norton Internet Security 2012” video right after the break.

Questions:

  1. Do you think Norton Internet Security 2011 was a good product?
  2. Do you think that you’re going to try out Norton Internet Security 2012?

Please leave your answers in the comment section below this post.  Thank you!

Norton Internet Security 2012 How To Upgrade

Symantec has released Norton Internet Security 2012, and so if you’re using Norton Internet Security 2011, you should upgrade to the latest one now!  Anyhow, I’d made a video to show you how to upgrade to Norton Internet Security 2012, and you can watch it right after the break.  Enjoy!

Norton Internet Security 2011 Review

Norton Internet Security 2010 has been good to me!  Two days ago, I had updated the Norton Internet Security 2010 to 2011 version.  I think the 2011 version has a better user interface.  The 2011’s user interface feels intuitive and easy to use.  Features are easy to configure!  I feel the Antivirus scanner for the 2011 version is somewhat faster!  For an example, I had scanned 600 GB worth of data, and it took only 5 hours or less of waiting time for me!  Is that fast to you?  I don’t know, but to me it’s fast!  I also use ClamWin, and I’m sure that ClamWin will take longer to scan that much data!  The 2011’s Antivirus is awesome as it found 8 additional trojans and viruses inside my external hard drive right after I had used ClamWin on the same external hard drive on the very same day; ClamWin eliminated around 4 trojans earlier, on the same day!  Get to know more about the Norton Internet Security 2011 by watching the video below.