Showing posts with label Virus Protection. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Virus Protection. Show all posts

Saturday, April 21, 2012

FBI to Turn Off Internet for Some Users

I don't normally do newsy posts; however, in this case it may be warranted. In the Tampa Tribune this a.m. is an article about a hacker ring that the FBI and similar organizations in other countries have broken up: Many in danger of losing the Internet. When I googled to get the address for this link, the entries for newspapers were all over the map. So this problem is being widely reported.

The upshot of the article is that 570,000 computers world-wide have been infected with a virus. The virus causes the presentation of an alternate version of the Internet and inexperienced users can't tell the difference...could be it's good enough that even experienced users don't notice either. Seems the FBI has set up a program that will not allow infected computers to reach the Internet after 9 July 2012. An error page (404 Page not found...a very common error) will appear and the owner of the computer won't know what's up.

The FBI has also set up a website that allows you to check your computer to confirm that it hasn't been infected. I've checked my PC and laptop. It's easy enough to do for even the inexperienced user and perhaps worth ten minutes of your time to confirm that you're not one of the poor souls who has been hacked.

Here's the link to the article again: Many in danger of losing the Internet.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Virus Protection on my oh so expensive Tablet

As I have said in previous posts, I got my ASUS tablet on the run just a few days before going to RootsTech. I should have asked more questions before I ran out of the store, clutching my purchase. As it is, I found out at RootsTech (Galaxy Girls) that surfing the web on a tablet is no different than surfing the web on a PC or laptop. Ya' gotta have virus protection.

So after throwing caution to the wind for a few weeks, I started looking at virus software. Because my ASUS is an Android device, I could find all sorts of free virus apps in the Android App Store. You don't get much of a description when you start looking at the apps. However, you get an eye full when you start reading the reviews, which are extreme. The app is either the best stuff you ever thought about downloading, or after downloading, the app turns the tablet into a paper weight...rendered unusable. Then you get the inevitable tales of what the person had to go thru to recover from the download. All in all, the talk will scare the bejesus out you. It certainly scared the bejesus out of me.

As a result, I decided to haul myself (and the ASUS) into Best Buy to see what they had to say. Well, $21.39 later, I'm the proud owner of Kaspersky Tablet Security. I can't say at this point if this was the best move or not. However, I figure that for this minimal sum, I'm in better safe than sorry territory. We'll see how having the app on the tablet affects it's performance. Virus software is notorious for slowing systems down. Perhaps the tablet won't even notice it's there.