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Webroot: Safer Internet Day not just for kids

Security vendor wants adults to be wary of what they post online too

Webroot is using Safer Internet Day (SID) to urge all web users to think before they act when it comes to the net. 

Run by Insafe, SID is an annual event designed to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.

This year, the organisation is focussing on encouraging children to think before they post their own personal images on the web.

However, Webroot thinks all Brits should understand the consequences of whatever they do, write, post, or click online, not just children.

"Once you develop your internet spidey senses, you'll be able to spot something that's out of place, or weird, or just dodgy before it catches you out," said Webroot's Andrew Brandt in a blog.

Brandt said that while most cyber criminals want money, which they get by stealing information and then either selling or using that stolen information, it's not as easy as it used to be as computers become increasingly hardened against attack
Instead, internet criminals have turned their attention to the weakest links.

"That's you. The person behind the keyboard," Brandt said.

Cybercriminals use a number of different methods to do, this from Phishing scams that try to obtain your online banking details to fake antivirus software that scares uses into forking out for totally useless antivirus software.

"Clearly, the old adage 'if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is' applies to the internet as well," said Brandt.

Brandt suggested that if a link to something looks suspiciously like a trap, users should search for the words or phrase in the link.

"If the URL, or the words from the page, show up in news or blog reports about online dangers, or are identically repeated on lots of web pages, don't follow the link."

He also urged web users to ensure their security software was up-to date, to avoid using browsers with known security flaws and to use browser plug-ins, such as NoScript, which stop nearly every type of browser exploit from working, as added protection.

For more information about how cybercirminals try and steal your passwords and login details, check out Webroot's video.

See also: Webroot: social networkers open to ID theft


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