Stopping Today's PC Spies at the Gate

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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  2. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,

    What I don't like in these articles is the "active language".

    Like ...

    A so-called "phisher" could send e-mails with keylogging software attachments from a victim's account, which would then infect the person's entire network of family and friends.

    Really? How does it infect exactly? Oh, by double-clicking ...

    Things don't happen just so. People happen.

    Mrk
     
  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,

    Sorry another rant.

    ... According to antivirus software company Symantec, visiting certain Web sites can also affect the likelihood of being infected with spyware. In a recent experiment, researchers started with a fresh installation of Windows XP containing the latest security updates and spent an hour visiting well-known sites in major areas such as games, shopping, travel, and kid-oriented fare.

    What was left behind on the machines was compelling, Symantec notes. Sites for kids produced the most adware, downloading more than 350 applications onto the system ...

    I can do the same for 5 hours with FF/ Opera and not get 1 single application downloaded onto the system ...

    Mrk
     
  4. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

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    That machine Symantec used was not secured, I read that line fresh installation of Win XP with the latest security updates. Therefore the validity of the test they did is deemed void.

    No other technical details as to exactly what applications they used on that test machine. They must've used IE.
     
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