Users still clueless about spyware

By Derek Sooman on April 27, 2006, 6:07 PM
No surprises here that the majority of computer users are clueless about the increasing threat of spyware. McAfee has revealed that 97 per cent of users have no idea how to spot spyware, and don't know what to do about it.

Its SiteAdvisor branch gave users a test to see if they could identify the clues that indicated that something was spy or adware.

Only three per cent of the 14,000 who took the test got perfect scores.

McAfee believes that the responses of the 14,000 who took the test indicate that over half may be seriously infected, with even those who seemed to know what they were doing have a good chance of visiting a dangerous site.




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jesse_hz said:
[b]omg lmao rly pwned[/b]Blonde eyed/haired know-nothin' girls in my class use either spybot or ad-aware!Or maybe that's because their know-somethin' parents told them too?
jesse_hz said:
make that blode haired, BLUE eyed
Mictlantecuhtli said:
In other news, sky is blue.
TonyGuitar said:
Credit cards on lineThis has been my creed, yet data was still lifted / logged.Full safety = avoid using the card on line.But if you must use a card on line:=[1] Lower the card ceiling to $500..lower if possible. [2] Avoid free screen saver sites and offers.[3] Avoid free virus scans unless, Telus or a site you know.[4] Avoid Porn Sites. Most dangerous for Trojans & worms.[5] Avoid music share sites like *Limewire*.[6] Avoid Teen P2P chat sites.[7] Never fill in app. Forms sent to you in Email. Phishing.[8] Always red X zap Email selling drugs, Rolexes, software.[9] Zap means do not click on *stop these Emails*, just on X.[10] Zap lottery win notices. Otherwise they win, you lose.[11] Zap offers to help bank 2, 3, 5, 10 million for others.A credit card was hi-jacked recently.The card invoice listed a paysite $35.99 charge and the 1-800 number.The charge was fraudulent. Phoning the 800 number, the paysite informs of a charge to an *Adult* site membership. Never heard of it..[B….. On B…..]. Victims will know.Not able to spell it out. Some young reader may go there and lose the family savings. Avoiding lawsuits here.Two charges to the card… $400 - UK. Server and $380 Isreali server, were refused . Card had $300 open window.To check the card validity, the crooks charged $35.99 to theB….. on B….. web site. That did pay.Theory: Crooks always prefer cash. Crooks paid themselves the $35.99. Ergo, they own the adult website the money was paid to.Ok, Interpol… go get *em. You know where they hang out. TGGot the website name using 1-800 number to *PayCom.Net. *Direc Tech*, who I never had any dealings with, but their info was on the monthly Card account. That*s how I learned the name PayCom.Net *Direc Tech*Ring any bells?
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