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Reports Suggests 2 million U.S. computers affected by Botnets

According to a latest report of cyber security, by Microsoft the U.S. has the highest number of computers approximately 2 million that have been affected by botnets. In the second most affected botnets country Brazil tops the charts.

The report also suggests that there is growing number of infections in South Korea which may eventually takeover U.S.

The research was conducted by a Microsoft security think tank which is looking into the growing threat of malicious networks that seek to prove a potential hazard for Internet safety.

Botnets are basically downloaded instructions from a malicious server that sends these instructions in millions of packets throughout the world. They usually come attached with spam of phishing e-mails that seek potential users to download them. Users are not aware of the downloaded instructions. The botnets are then activated by the home server which gives them specific action e.g. to “e-mail bomb” a particular website of to seeks users information such as credit card information.

This study was carried by Microsoft as it is growing wary about the increasing amount of security hazards the may affect its operating systems. It seeks to release various patches to bolster its defenses against the botnets.

Top 9 ways to increase Internet security

Abacus was invented by the Chinese, which is considered to be the beginning of today’s wonder machine. After, successive fine tuning and refinement; many things amid an abacus and the wonder machine came in to play. Finally, the wonder machine got a name and the world witnessed the “Computer.” A Over the past few years Computers have relatively eased the workload. It not only took  the responsibilities but also kept on modifying itself side by side. Earlier a room equivalent in size computer came in to play but as technology saw new ways. The room equivalent computer has now abridged to a tablet one. A computer which has now become mobile and can be travel with you where ever you long to it remain afloat. Such computers were given a name called a ‘Laptop’. Laptops are of great help to man and can remain mobile with its owner. Since you can travel with your laptop and it’s becoming a great source of help to you. Then how can you help your laptops and increase their security when you are travelling with it. For example, if you are on road, then how can you help your Laptop stay secure.

Some tips will help you know; how to enhance your computer’s security ?

Tip one

Try to avoid the usage of laptop bags when you are on road. Rather help find your laptop like a suitcase or cushioned briefcase, where it can tot easily.

Tip two

Keep your laptop secure by creating an administrative password. But keep in mind to never leave your password or key the briefcase inscribed on a paper or any other such source. The password at the entrance of your laptop will deprive the culprit from infringing or entering your laptop without your permission.

Tip three

Always carry your laptop along with you irrespective of you’re travelling on plane or a train. Don’t have your laptop in your luggage bag, rather have it kept in a separate bag in order to prevent any mishap. When you are travelling by your car, keep your laptop in a trunk or a briefcase, when you are not using the same.

Tip four

 

Keep your important files and folders encrypted. If suppose you lose your laptop and some one else grabs it. Then the person can not access your personal information or details nor can it be decrypted by the one. The latest windows like XP, Vista and 7 provide the facility of encryption and help you to keep your information extra secure.

 

Tip five

Always keep an eye on your laptop while travelling and never leave it a lonely place.

Tip six

While travelling many keep their laptops on the floor and here is where the trap comes in to play. One can easily loose the laptop when kept on the floor because attention gets diverted and one forgets about it.

Tip seven

Buy a security device for your laptop. In case you can attach it with some heavy things; if you long to go somewhere leaving it behind.

Tip eight

One can prevent others from peeking at laptops in a populous are by using a screen guard.

Tip nine

If you’re staying at hotel room, then keep in mind to never leave your laptop in the hotel room; which is the most vulnerable form where you can loose your laptop.

How to set up Linksys Security

Linksys is a very famous brand by CISCO that produces network products especially for their use in small offices and homes. Products sold under the brand include wireless and broadband routers, Ethernet switching, wireless video cameras, and network storage systems among other products.

Linksys routers are extremely popular and one of the best selling ones. The manufacturers develop routers of wide range with different options like wireless capabilities. However, no matter how different Linksys routers might be from one another, their configuration and security setup remains standard throughout.

Instructions to Set Up Linksys Security

The Linksys security can be set up and configured with the help of any standard Web Browser. Specific instructions can be followed in this regard.

Step 1: Before going ahead and accessing the configuration page through the web browser, it requires some physical setup. The Linksys router must be attached to the modem. An Ethernet cable needs to be plugged into the back of the router. However, make sure it is not plugged into any of the numbered ports but into the WAP port. The other end must be fixed into the RJ-45 jack on the modem. Then switch on the modem. After waiting for a minute, turn on the router.

Step 2: The next step involves connecting the computer to the Linksys router, using yet another Ethernet cable. This time plug one end of the cable into one of the numbered ports on the back of the router. Fix the other end of the cable into the computer’s network jack. The physical setup is complete and now we move on to accessing the system’s web browser.

Step 3: Double click on the web browser icon (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox etc). The web page opens and the address bar at the top of the page is clicked. In the address window, type ‘192.168.1.1’ and hit Enter.

 

Step 4: The system will prompt you to enter the Username and Password. Type ‘admin’ in both the fields as the default password and Login ID as in the case of every Linksys Router.

Step 5: Here, a password needs to be assigned to secure the wireless network. Click on ‘Wireless’ followed by ‘Basic Wireless settings’. The default network name is Linksys which must be changed to give the network another name of your choice. This would help to avoid confusion with other wireless networks in the vicinity. Save the settings and then click on ‘Wireless Security’ to set up a password.

Step 6: From the ‘Security mode’ drop down menu, select the ‘WPA Pre-Shared Key’. The ‘WPA Algorithms’ settings must be kept at default and then enter the chosen password in the ‘WPA Shared Key’ field. Make sure to write down the password in a secure location for remembrance and proceed to save your settings.

The Linksys and other routers enable the system and other ‘allowed for access’ computers for wireless and wired connections. However, it may be a futile exercise if the system isn’t security enabled. Follow the above instructions to protect the network against unwanted intruders.

Symantec Releases Norton 2011 Suite with Free Tool offerings

Symantec recently launched the 2011 edition of Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security Wednesday. The new suite comes in line with increased security threat that more than 65 percent of consumers have face worldwide. The total estimates also include three-quarters of U.S. Web surfers who have been subjected to frequent virus and spyware attacks. As a result of the increased threat levels Symantec has decided to release a new suite which will also tackle the growing trend of security in 2011.

The Suite is currently available for purchase in the United States only which can be accessed through retailers and the online store of Symantec. One of the advanced features of Symantec’s Norton 2011 includes reputation-based security technology which checks origin of a program. The new suite also verifies that each file that is downloaded is safe to be processed in a PC.

According to Janice Chaffin, president of Symantec’s consumer business unit, “Today’s cybercriminals are not standing down — consumers need the very best protection to stay safe online. The Norton 2011 products are the highest quality we have ever built and the most comprehensive protection on the market.”

Free Security Tools

Symantec’s Norton 2011 software suite offers Sonar 3 technology which distinguishes malicious software based on their behavior and then notifies the users about the malicious software. The aim of the suites is to provide true “zero-day” protection against emerging threat, which is otherwise missed by other security tools.

Some of the features of the security tool include:

  1. Monitor all running applications as well as proactively issue an alert.
  2. Giving users the opportunity to implement changes that improve PC performance.
  3. Norton protection map that visually presents the latest global security threats.
  4. Norton 2011 products automatically create a CD, DVD or USB device for booting the user’s PC into a safe state in case of infection.

One of the eminent free tools of the suite is eliminate fake antivirus programs, which according to FBI costing unsuspecting U.S. consumers more than $150 million per year. 

Double Acquisition by Symantec, Acquiring PGP and GuardianEdge

The largest personal computer security software provider Symantec has gone through another acquisition with the aim to spread their own business. They acquired PGP, an encrypting software and GuardianEdge Technologies, a top notch e-mail security and encryption service provider.

In today’s world everyone has to depend on e-mails and Internet information. So anyone’s privacy may be hampered in a great extent due to hacking or any sort of wicked attempt by others. Internet or web security holds a prior position among the users for the best use of time without any tension. Data encryption provides the way to retain a data safe. The data encrypts always goes with new ideas and vision to protect the clients from hackers. Symantec is the largest PC security company who acquired many companies of encryption and Internet security. They mainly focus on the companies who provide service like Internet security, Information management, disk storage, security software, anti-spam software, application streaming, risk management etc. In last couple of years they acquired companies like Altiris, an IT management software and Investor Group, a computer based management solution provider. Today in business data security is a part and parcel of management job and failure of this can cause serious damage to the company’s portfolio both economically and socially.

Symantec aims to grasp the whole market and so they bought the whole share of PGP and GuardianEdge. The financial deal was of $300 million for PGP and $70 million for GuardianEdge. While after its establishment in 1985 by Gordon E. Eubanks and some of his friends Symantec started producing third party software. With the progression of time they concentrate on Internet security and PC security system and tend to extend their business by purchasing small competitors. Their agreement with PGP and GuardianEdge is going to be activated within June of this year. This dealing can place Symantec in the top among the encrypt security providers and can lead a secure position for a long time. In fact this purchase enables Symantec to use several sophisticated technology of encryption. This agreement helps them to protect the e-mails, folders and files with more perfection. Along with this they also possess some data recovery codes from these two companies that could help them to extend their business.

Symantec officials express their hope for the better service and more users to entertain after the dealing. They wish more successful selling of their products and more market share. After the completion of whole aggregation process PGP and GuardianEdge will work under the umbrella of Symantec Enterprise Security Group. The vice president of corresponding group Francis DeSouza expects more dynamism in data encryption and recovery and above all providing security.

As the leading company in the field of PC and Internet security, Symantec concentrates in the spreading business wing for reaching its service to more users. They also hope to add more protection system along with utmost efficiency. So everyone knows that their expansion will not stop at PGP and GuardianEdge.

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