Posted tagged ‘antivirus’

Searching for Spyware Solutions

March 11, 2011

Clickjacking takes advantage of  trust. Not only the trust that you give websites and social networking sites, but the trust that the Internet gives its content.

No matter what kinds of precautions you take, sooner or later that trust could mean that you become a victim of clickjacking. You might not even know it. Sometimes clickjacking victims never figure out why their  computers work so slowly and they keep getting annoying posts on their Facebook walls. They certainly don’t notice that spyware is keeping track of their every move and stealing information from their computers.

That’s why it’s important to find a solution before you ever fall prey to a clickjacking scheme.

If you don’t know much about computer security, then you’ll want to choose an option that does most of the work for you. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money. In fact, many anti-sypware software developers allow people to use basic versions of their programs for free.

That’s how I found Anti-Spyware for Dummies. At first, I wasn’t sure whether it would work well for me or not. Since they offered a free trial version, I decided to give it a shot. Over the course of two weeks, I must have tested over a dozen pieces of software designed to seek out spyware. I keep a lot of important information on my computer (pictures, home movies, and tax information as well as work), so I wanted to choose the best option.

After a couple weeks, I had come to the conclusion that I must be a dummy. The trial version of Anti-Spyware for Dummies had helped my computer more than any other piece of software, so I bought the full version. I haven’t had a serious clickjacking problem since.

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The Quiet Attack

February 4, 2011

One of the most troubling things about clickjacking attacks isn’t that they can activate your computer’s video camera, or that they can trick you into buying items that you don’t want, or even that they spread themselves by posting unauthorized updates to your facebook wall. The biggest concern is that clickjacking can do all of these things without setting off any alarms. It is a quiet sort of attack that you might never notice.

When that happens, individuals can become repeat victims without realizing. A person who doesn’t know he or she is being victimized will never do anything about the problem. They don’t even know that a problem exists.

What can you do, then, to protect yourself from clickjacking attacks. After all, you might figure, anything that can bypass your antivirus software is probably going to fool you every time.

Not necessarily.

Antivirus software focuses on detecting problems within programs. If someone were to hide a virus in, for instance, a screen saver, then your antivirus software would probably find it. Clickjacking, however, occurs within  a web browser. It doesn’t usually involve programs that infiltrate your computer.

That means you can potentially spot problems that your antivirus software doesn’t even look for.

Pay closer attention to your  facebook wall, or Myspace profile, and look for posts that you did not authorize. Also, look for applications that you did not ask for. If you find them, then delete them from your profile.

Checking your credit card and PayPal accounts will also help you stop clickjacking attacks shortly after they occur. If you notice unauthorized charges, then contact your bank, or PayPal, to report the problem. That way you can stop payment before the hackers receive any money from you.

Clickjacking becomes more widely known

November 30, 2010

Not only have dictionaries recently started vetting the word “clickjacking” to determine whether it is worthy of long term use, but the Oxford University Press recently included it in their 2010 Word of the Year shortlist. You can read the entire list at the OUP UK website.

This annual list of words always gets a lot of media attention. That means more people are likely to become familiar with the word “clickjacking” over the next few weeks. Hopefully they will also learn what the word means and  how to avoid becoming a victim.

Luckily, the OUP editors got the word’s definition spot on.

Knowing what a clickjack is, though, is not the same thing as knowing how to protect yourself from them. In fact, there isn’t always a great way to protect yourself from clickjacking, especially considering that Facebook and other social networking sites make it easy for hackers to spread these attacks throughout communities quickly. Some times you get hit by an attack before you even know it exists.

Internet security companies are working on solutions that will prevent clickjacking attacks, but it seems unlikely that Internet users will be completely safe any time in the near future. That’s because UI redressing, as clickjacking is known more formally, takes advantage of a flaw that is inherent in the way that the Internet works. Someone would have to radically redesign the Internet’s basic structure before they could prevent all clickjacking attacks. That seems a little unlikely.

In the meantime, you can use your head to keep an eye out for suspicious links. Also, install antivirus software to help ensure that clickjacks don’t install any malware on your computer.

Getting clean after a clickjack attack

October 25, 2010

If you’re searching for information about clickjack attacks, then there is a good chance that you’ve already been nailed by some sneaky hacker. While it is important for you to learn how to avoid clickjacking in the future, it is equally important for you to learn how to make sure the attack hasn’t caused any harm to your computer. In essence, you need to learn how to clean up after the attack.

The first thing you want to do is identify any malware that has been installed on your computer. A clickjacked page can install viruses, worms, keystroke loggers, and other types of malware without your knowing it. So what’s the smartest way to identify and eliminate malware? Use two antivirus programs to scour every section of your computer. Be sure that you choose reliable software by checking the ratings at cnet.com.

After you find two programs, perform a thorough sweep. Most antivirus software allows you to adjust their search parameters. Set them as wide as they will go to locate hidden malware.

If you have been clickjacked on Facebook, then you will need to remove any status updates that the link might have added to your profile. If the likejack has added any applications to your profile, you should delete them as well.You might also want to post an apology to your friends just to let them know that they shouldn’t follow the link.

Your computer should be safe to use, now. In the future, be sure to run your antivirus software at least once a day. Alternating the software throughout the week will help ensure that you catch every piece of malware that sneaks onto your computer.

Let me clue you in

September 28, 2010

Let me clue you in on something.

There’s no guarantee that you’re going to avoid clickjacking attacked… unless you never ever click on a link. Just avoid the whole internet. That should keep you safe.

Even if you are using Firefox or some other security-enhanced Web browser in conjunction with NoScript, you could still fall victim to a clickjacking plot. You can only protect yourself to a certain extent. Even if you keep your wits about you, there’s a good chance that  you’re going to get clickjacked at some point. All it takes is one mistake, and hackers are very good at encouraging you to make mistakes long before you realize what you have done.

So, you’re at least somewhat screwed here.

That’s why it’s important to use third-party software to make sure that your computer doesn’t have any malware installed on it. In fact, if you really want to play it safe, then you’ll install two pieces of antivirus software and you’ll run them both daily.

Does that sound like a lot? I spend a large chunk of my day online because of work. That means I probably have a larger chance of running into clickjacks and malware than you, unless, of course, you’re a bigger dork than I am. At the same time, knowing a lot about computer security means that I should be able to protect myself from exposure. Even with my level of expertise, though, I frequently find that some piece of malware has slipped through my defenses. I certainly don’t find security risks every time I run my antivirus protection. But I find something fishy at least once a week.

If I’m vulnerable to these attacks, then just imagine your own risk.

You Got Jacked! Now What?

March 17, 2010

Clickjacking attacks can come from out of nowhere. You use good browsing habits and you only provide information to reliable sites, but some times the cybercriminals are a step ahead of you.

Expert clickjackers can install malware without your knowledge. You think that you’ve just clicked on a dead link, but nefarious software begins operating in the background.

No matter what you do, you’re not completely protected. This makes it important to run antivirus software that will identify the most current malware and delete it before it has a chance to cause any damage.

Free Antivirus Software

Personally, I like free antivirus software. There are plenty of reliable versions out there that update frequently. Still, you can’t expect a single program to catch every bit of malware, so I suggest using at least two antivirus programs to make sure that your system is clean.

Avira AntiVir Personal has proven itself to me time and time again. I run it daily to make sure that my computer hasn’t picked up any nasty viruses. I spend a lot of time online, so you might not need to run your antivirus software as often. I would still recommend a quick hard disk scan every time that you surf for more than an hour.

The editors at CNET have given Avira AntiVir Personal a five-star rating. Users think that it’s more of a 3.5 star program. A full five stars is hard to reach, but I have to agree with the CNET editors on this one. Avira gets the job done reliably.

The CNET editors also give Norton Antivirus 2010 17.0 a five-star rating. This version of Norton Antivirus performs well, but I don’t agree that it deserves a perfect score. The most common complaint about Norton Antivirus is that it uses up too much of a computer’s resources, thus resulting in a slow computer. Quite frankly, avoiding a slow computer is one of the reasons that I use antivirus software.

Plus Norton Antivirus is only free for 30 days. After that, you have to subscribe. I think that there are plenty of free versions out there that work better.

Striking Back at Clickjacking Attacks

There are plenty of free antivirus software options available for download. Read several reviews, though, before you choose one. Not all of them are as reliable as others, and some are almost as hard to get rid of as the viruses that you contract through clickjacking attacks.