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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Malware what is it? How to prevent it.


If your not familiar with this term let me explain what malware is. Malware is another acronym for a computer virus. The intent of malware is to collect data from the user or to take over the user's computer without their knowledge.

Unlike a virus Malware normally can be found when a user visits a site and the site then provides a pop up telling the user that there computer is infected and in order to fix his or her infected computer he or she must download the program to clean the system.

If you ever run into this do a control alt delete if you’re a windows user. The windows manager will pop up and then close the install program window.

Comodo offers a free anti virus program and malware protection for free. Check it out.

If you don't trust me you can always go to the website to retrieve the comodo link.

The best protection is prevention so make sure your up to date with your antivirus program by updating it frequently or have it auto updated. Do this as well with your windows program. From time to time windows will ask to update.

Last but not least once a week a virus scan. Even though you have antivirus you still have to run a scan to prevent any virus that were installed and were not caught by your antivirus software.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Ticket masters and Vista Print

A few months back my girl friend wanted to purchase some tickets for her sister and her to go to a concert but she needed to get them right away before they sold out. So I offered to purchase them since I had my card with me and just told her to pay me back the next day.

Lol no she didn't scam me. I got my money back from her no problem. But then all of a sudden I started receiving a 9.95 charge to my card with an account called monthly rewards. There was no way I could find out what the charge was or where it was coming from.

So I had to google the company name to find a contact number to question the charges. I know some of you reading this are saying I must of not checked off the button towards the end of the buy tickets right? The problem was there was nothing on the ticketmaster site that talked about a monthly rewards program. Besides if there was I wouldn't pay 9.95 for coupons.

So I called the number and voice my concern. They had no problem taking the charge off. What I found strange was that when I got my ticket confirmation from the tickets I purchase months ago it didn't give me an email telling me congratulations for subscribing to the monthly rewards program you know?

Never once I recieved any coupons to indicate I was subscribing to something I never opted in.

Anyway I heard from my other friends that Vista print is pulling the same scam like ticketmasters. If you do get tickets or buy stuff from visita make sure you check your statements. You dont want to be charge for something you did not buy.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Interesting Article on Yahoo - Worst City for id theft

I found this article very interesting. It may make you think twice when you pull your card out when you made a purchase at the napa Valley in Cali.

Here is the link to read more. Its a good read.