Frankenmalware: The Latest Security Threat

Biological viruses often become more potent by cross breeding with each other, to create 'super' viruses which are very resistant to antibiotics and other drugs. Surprisingly enough, it seems that computer viruses are now doing the same, to create what has been dubbed 'frank...

Fix Problems Installing Components in Windows 7/Vista

If you’ve tried to install new Windows components to your Windows 7/Vista system using the Turn Windows features on or off in the Programs and Features Control Panel, you may find that the Windows Features dialogue box is blank, and no components are available for installa...

Who is Really Behind the Plans to Snoop on Your Email

We saw last week how the UK government was planning to introduce a law whereby the security services could intercept Internet traff...

Change Your Network’s Default SSID to Boost Security

Routers are normally sold with a default SSID (network name). For example, the SSID for Linksys devices is normally ‘linksys’. When a hacker spots that your network is using its default SSID, they will see it as poorly configured and can try a number of different hacking...

Use a Strong Password to Prevent Email Hacking

I heard from a reader the other day who seems to have sent all of his email contacts Spam messages. He writes: "Today I had my email contacts list hacked, and when I looked into the send box it was clear that the emails my friends received were from my computer. I ran my an...

Beware of Malware with Similar Names

Last week we reported on UltraDefragger, a piece of malicious software designed to look like a real hard drive optimisation program, but which in fact tries to trick you into paying for a ‘full’ version of the program in order to fix the non-existent problems detected. A...

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