Brian Pennington

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Malicious Software

Conflicker is still the most common virus

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Three years on and Conficker (also known as Downup, Downadup and Kido) is still the most common virus threat.

Since November 2008 it’s infected computers across the globe, consuming network traffic and opening a back door to other malware attacks.

Conficker exploits unprotected computers and weak passwords.  Today it’s often spread through infected USB storage devices.

To prevent infection, Sophos recommends:

  • Apply the MS08-67 patch
  • Disable file and print sharing
  • Strengthen your password
  • Turn off autorun for USB devices
  • Apply a device control policy

Sophos have released a FREE Conflicker detection and removal tool. Dowload it HERE, registration required.


Which? Tips for Online Banking

Security token devices
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After a recent review of online banking Which? the consumer guide people have produced a list of “Top online security tips”.

  1. Regularly log in and check your statement for unusual transactions. If you spot anything unfamiliar
    immediately contact your bank.
  2. Avoid public computers for online banking, make sure your wifi-network is secure, and don’t open emails from unknown sources as they may contain a virus
  3. Install the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware software, use an effective firewall, and ask your bank if they offer ‘Rapport‘ software which can be used in addition to your usual software.
  4. Keep both your operating system (such as Windows) and your browser (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox) up to date and set your computer to install updates automatically. If you receive a suspicious email purporting to be from your bank forward it to reports

Learn more about online banking security by reading the Which? “online guide to protecting your online ID” here and the Which? “How to bank online safely” here.


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