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How to avoid rogue security software

by: SecureToday.net Admin on Thursday, February 25, 2010 8:23 AM
 

What can you do to help prevent the spread of rogues and make sure that rogue software vendors stop profiting from their unscrupulous business? Follow these tips below to tell what’s real and what’s not when it comes to security software – and share them with friends and family who may be vulnerable to rogue threats.

1. Do not fall for scare tactics. While browsing sites, be cautious of pop-ups warning you that your system is infected and offering a product to clean it up. Never pay for a program that installed itself to your computer. This is a hallmark of rogue software.

2. Use security software with real-time protection and keep it up-to-date. If you know that you have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and a firewall on your PC, you can safely ignore security alerts you receive that do not come from your chosen security software provider. (Rogue security software will often try to lure computer uses by using legitimate looking pop-up messages that appear to be security alerts.) Also, most anti-malware programs will help keep you protected from rogues because they can detect and remove these programs.

3. Access experts at security forums and ask about the software you are considering before you decide to purchase it.

4. Read the software reviews at reputable sites like Download.com. Do not blindly trust individual sites offering security products.

5. Ask knowledgeable friends and family members about quality software they use. Keep in mind that when you search for trustworthy security software online, rogue products can, and often do, appear in the search results list.

6. Practice online skepticism. Be aware that rogue security software does exist on the Web, and be vigilant about avoiding it. These programs are designed to appear genuine – meaning they may mimic legitimate programs, use false awards and reviews to rope you in, or employ other deceptive tactics. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with common phishing scams, and to be cautious of links in e-mail messages and on social networking sites.

Author: Erin Earley, editor of Lavasoft News.

NOTE: Original article is posted on Help Net Security website: http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=1245. You can subscribe to their news for up-to-date security news and articles.
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2 Responses to How to avoid rogue security software

  1. Angel...... On board. says:

    March 4th, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    In the present world, almost everything is depended on Technology, Automation and so on. Computers have become just a basic one & there is less human intervention. But yet the major proportion of the users who are using them are not really techies & most of them are not even bothered to know about what would happen “if” the X factor happens.

    Usually, most of users wouldn’t even take a look at the valid security updates coming in their way (Might see this happening even in the corporate world :) No comments on that for now). And some users are even more wonderful that they keep continuing to hit the next & next, or go, or download, or just enable any options that they viewand start yelling at the system that its Slow, later something went wrong – Boom ~ the only thing that they do now is, to call the technicians and say “Fix it”. In such cases, applying security features would be really possible, Tuff, or Hard (:

    During this kind of a situation, is there any good option that may be enabled on the system level (built in) to prevent users from accessing specific links or sites that is malicious. (Without any external softwares or additional boxes).

    Of course, we might not have 100% security without putting additional stuffs into it. In general, to use the basic system with maximum level of security on it.

    Ideas shared would probably be helpful for the Tiny organizations or end-users.

    Thank you Everyone !!!!!!

  2. Hogan says:

    June 27th, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Usually, most of users wouldn’t even take a look at the valid security updates coming in their way (Might see this happening even in the corporate world No comments on that for now). And some users are even more wonderful that they keep continuing to hit the next & next, or go, or download, or just enable any options that they viewand start yelling at the system that its Slow, later something went wrong – Boom ~ the only thing that they do now is, to call the technicians and say “Fix it”. In such cases, applying security features would be really possible, Tuff, or Hard (:
    +1

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