Sunday, January 22, 2012

Scareware

Scareware is malware which is software that is design to specifically damage your computer connected to the Internet. As the name implies, it is a pop-up that scares, tricks and yes, makes you panic as it is disguised to look like a legitimate warning from a security software company. This pop-up that makes you panic is usually a warning that your computer is at risk i.e. infected by a virus, scaring you into making a purchase of fake security software from scammers.

The only things wrong with clicking to make this purchase is that you have given these criminals sensitive personal information so they could now make exuberant purchases and/or possibly sell your information to others (identity theft). Additionally, you are given a false sense of security pertaining to your computer because if it was not at risk before, it certainly would be at this point.

Use common sense while using the Internet and not be intimidated into using sites and/or products you are not familiar with or did not previously purchase the products. Stay clear of pop-up windows intimidating or enticing you into purchasing products; close out the pop-up window and continue with your task.

More detailed readings on malware were posted under the October 2008 post titled “Phishing” and Feb 2009 post, titled “In-session Phishing”.  Remember to diligently check for reviews from reputable sites on the security products you intend to purchase and also consider the company you are purchasing it from.

In His service,
AvaByGrace
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Google Science Fair 2012

For those of you how have children or know someone who has children between the ages of 13 to 18 interested in getting answers, check out the two videos below on Google Science Fair 2012 (the world's largest online science competition) which has an entry deadline of 1 April 2012. The first video is a brief introduction to the fair and the second one shows how to enter the competition.


Intro:

 


How to enter:


To find our more information on prizes and judging criteria, visit google.com/sciencefair

Have fun learning and exploring!
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Friday, January 6, 2012

Tidbit - Tablet Media

I read today that tablets, including Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, were purchased this holiday mainly by women in their forties according to the statistics from Maritz Research.  I stated this simply because it reminded me to give you some information on these tablets. I received a Kindle Fire for Christmas which prompted me to search for free resources for this particular tablet. One of the most wonderful things I found was the public library’s downloadable media resources where there is a vast array of books (both printed and audio), magazines, music and videos you can borrow with the use of your library card; isn’t this neat? If you don’t have a library card, now is the time to get one, which can also be applied for online.  If you don’t have a tablet, that’s okay because you can download this media for your PC, Mac and handheld devices such as BlackBerry and Android phones.  For certain media (check digital rights) you can even make CDs for on- the- go usage if you do not have WiFi capability. This amazing fact along with the ability to borrow from owners in the Kindle community make the Kindle Fire more desirable than ever for me…thanks gift giver!

What are your thoughts on this and other suggestions for free downloadable media resources?

In His service,
AvaByGrace

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