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We all know that any asset that you own, must be protected / secured. This is the same with your Eternal-WoW Account. Here are some of the things you need to watch out for.


Key Loggers

What is a Keylogger?

A keylogger is a type of surveillance software (considered to be either software or spyware) that has the capability to record every keystroke you make to a log file, usually encrypted. A keylogger recorder can record instant messages, e-mail, and any information you type at any time using your keyboard.


What damage could a Keylogger inflict?

Unlike other types of malicious program, keyloggers present no threat to the system itself. Nevertheless, they can pose a serious threat to users, as they can be used to intercept passwords and other confidential information entered via the keyboard. As a result, cyber criminals can get PIN codes and account numbers for e-payment systems, passwords to online gaming accounts, email addresses, user names, email passwords etc.


How did you get the key logger? You could have gotten them several ways, the most common is listed as follows;

-A keylogger can be installed when a user opens a file attached to an email;

-A keylogger can be installed when a file is launched from an open-access directory on a P2P network;

-A keylogger can be installed via a web page script which exploits a browser vulnerability. The program will automatically be launched when a user visits a infected site;

-A keylogger can be installed by another malicious program already present on the victim machine, if the program is capable of downloading and installing other malware to the system.


Phishing

What is Phishing?

-The act of sending an email to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.

-Phishing emails will direct the user to visit a website where they are asked to update personal information, such as a password, credit card, social security, or bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The website, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the information the user enters on the page.

How do I prevent being a victim of Phishing?


Be wary of emails asking for confidential information - especially information of a financial nature. Legitimate organisations will never request sensitive information via email, and most banks in the US will tell you that they won't ask for your information unless you're the one contacting them.


Don't get pressured into providing sensitive information. Phishers like to use scare tactics, and may threaten to disable an account or delay services until you update certain information. Be sure to contact the merchant directly to confirm the authenticity of their request.


Make sure you familiarise yourself with a website's privacy policy. The majority of commercial websites have a privacy policy, which is usually accessible at the foot of the page. The most useful thing to look for is the website's policy on whether it will or will not sell its mailing list.


Most of the spam you receive on a daily basis - as well as potentially dangerous phishing emails - is coming to you because a site you have signed up to has sold your email address to another company. If you're not ok with this happening, it might be worth reconsidering whether you want to sign up to the site.


Watch out for generic-looking requests for information. Fraudulent emails are often not personalised, while authentic emails from your bank often reference an account you have with them. Many phishing emails begin with "Dear Sir/Madam", and some come from a bank with which you don't even have an account.


Never submit confidential information via forms embedded within email messages. Senders are often able to track all information entered.


Never use links in an email to connect to a website unless you are absolutely sure they are authentic. Instead, open a new browser window and type the URL directly into the address bar. Often a phishing website will look identical to the original - look at the address bar to make sure that this is the case.


'"Protecting Passwords"'


Having a strong password is essential if you want to remain protected.


For a more secure password, your password should:

  1. - Contain more than 8 letters.
  2. - Contain letters in both uppercase and lowercase.
  3. - Contain a mix of numbers and letters.


Help yourself remember your strong password by following these tips:


Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information. For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as My son's birthday is 12 December, 2004. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Msbi12/Dec,4 for your password.


Substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. For example, My son's birthday is 12 December, 2004 could become Mi$un's Brthd8iz 12124 (it's OK to use spaces in your password).


Relate your password to a favorite hobby or sport. For example, I love to play badminton could become [email protected]()n.


If you feel you must write down your password in order to remember it, make sure you don't label it as your password, and keep it in a safe place.


Preventative Measures.


In order to make sure your computer is in top shape, and is safe from all sorts of bad things that could hurt you. Please download at least one of EACH of the following by category, and use it as much as you can, and properly. Not to worry, these are all free. as I am too cheap, too personally buy a full version of them.


  • Top 2 Malware Programs*

What is Spybot Search & Destroy?


Spybot Search & Destroy has made quite a name for itself over the years, earning accolades from both general and computer-focused publications. Spybot Search & Destroy is the highest ranked freeware tool at 2Spyware.com, a website that ranks malware removal tools. In addition to scanning for malware, Spybot Search & Destroy also has a variety of additional functionality, including a botnet scanner, hosts-file modification (to keep malware from calling home), a secure file shredder, and a dummy code feature (it replaces malicious or questionable adware modules with inert code so the dependent program will keep functioning). As an added bonus Spybot Search & Destroy is compatible with every version of Windows dating back to Windows 95.


Link: https://www.safer-networking.org/private/


What is ComboFix?


ComboFix is just as spartan as the screenshot here makes it look. You download ComboFix, run it, and it takes care of the rest. The basic ComboFix process looks like this: It backs up your registry, checks to see if you have Windows Recovery Console installed, and then it goes to town on your system scanning away through 40+ stages. When it's done, ComboFix spits out a log file and lists all the malware it found, which ones it was able to remove, and which ones you'll have to use your Google-fu to look up how to remove manually. It isn't fancy, but it gets the job done and gives you a detailed report at the end to take to security forums for help if you need it.


Link: http://www.combofix.org/

  • Top 2 Anti-Virus Protections*

What is AVG Antivirus Free (2015)?


The line-up of features is basic. Firewall and anti-spam are paid-for extras, while the web protection features add AVG Safe Search and an extension – AVG Web TuneUp – to your browser. The former, rather annoyingly, switches the homepage and default search to the AVG Safe Search homepage (powered by Yahoo) without asking.


On the plus side, AVG is a highly configurable package, with options to schedule scans, scan for rootkits and disable notifications or sounds, while the Windows 8-inspired UI looks clean and makes it easy to find your way around.


AVG’s biggest problem isn’t overbearing marketing or a lack of features, however, but that its anti-malware protection is behind most rivals. It came second from bottom in our tests for protection and accuracy, only defending against 76% of threats. While this puts it ahead of Microsoft Security Essentials, it incorrectly blocked more legitimate applications along the way.


AVG also puts more of a burden on your system resources, noticeably slowing down performance in browser-based tasks. This isn’t a disastrous effort, but where AVG once matched the paid-for packages on malware protection, it’s now falling short of the mark. Avast’s free option is the better of the two by some distance.


Link: http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage


What is Avast Free Antivirus 2015?


Avast Free Antivirus was our pick of the free packages last year and this year we see little reason to change our minds. With a wealth of useful features – including strong anti-malware protection – it keeps your PC secure, and its relaxed approach to flogging premium features and skill at identifying legitimate software make it easy to live with. If you don’t want to pay for security software, it’s the best, most balanced proposition.

It gets off to a good start. The package downloads the latest signatures during the initial install, followed by a quick scan as soon as setup is complete. The user interface is equally straightforward, exposing all the major features in a clean, pane-based interface.


The main Overview panel reveals what’s protected at a glance, while exposing the core Smart Scan, Browser Cleanup and Home Network Security tools, plus the SecureLine VPN service. The latter is – like the firewall, anti-spam and secure online banking features – a paid-for extra, but the software is upfront about this and doesn’t endlessly nag about upgrading. The software’s built-in store might be only one click away, but no-one is forcing you to use it.


For a free package, Avast packs in plenty of additional features, with a rescue disk tool for creating bootable USB sticks or CDs with antivirus software and the latest definitions preinstalled, and a browser clean-up feature that gets rid of irritating toolbars and extensions. The Home Network Security feature checks out your whole home network for potential risks, while the software updater can tell you whether components such as Java or Adobe Flash are up to date. Both features speak of a more holistic approach to security than taken by the other free packages.


With regards to scanning, you can choose between a quick scan, a full system scan and options to scan specific folders or removable media, plus a Boot Time Scan to deal with nasties that can’t be handled following startup.


You can also control how the package behaves, putting it in a silent mode with no pop-ups or alerts for gaming or a hardened mode to protect inexperienced users. Avast even includes a series of statistics screens, where you can see not only the good work it’s doing on your behalf, but also how its anti-malware crusade is working around the globe.


Avast comes close to matching the performance of the best paid-for packages when it comes to protection, defending against 97% of threats, and in most cases preventing them from getting a foothold on the system rather than neutralising them after the fact.


Other packages perform better with detection, but Avast is brilliant when it comes to false postives, allowing 97% of our legitimate applications to install. It’s also fairly light on system resources, not noticeably slowing down our ageing dual-core PC.


This, combined with Avast's sensible, unobtrusive approach, and decent array of features, means it's still our favourite free antivirus package.


Link: https://www.avast.com/index


Summary

Now that you have reached the end of this page. Hopefully you have changed your password by now, as well as downloaded the programs that I have linked below. Remember please do NOT give out your account information to anybody! An Eternal-Wow Staff Member will NEVER ask you for your password.


Please do NOT download or click on ANY links that someone might have emailed you. Without careful confirmation that it is someone you know. Make sure you do NOT reply back to the email either.


Have a nice day and remember dont forget to vote!


References


<ref>http://us.norton.com/7-tips-to-protect-against-phishing/article</ref>

<ref>http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/P/phishing.html</ref>

<ref>http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/tips-for-creating-a-strong- password</ref>

<ref>https://www.avast.com/index</ref>

<ref>http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage</ref>

<ref>http://www.combofix.org/</ref>

<ref>https://www.safer-networking.org/private/</ref>