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Computer Security Watch – Nov 4, 2014

The Holidays Are Starting
Today’s Top Threat
SONAR. KlovBot!gen1
The Sonar.KlovBot!gen1 is combination of a heuristic tool meant to look like an anti-virus and a Trojan horse. Needless to say the combination is quite nasty; it will open your PC to many other viruses, all while pretending to get rid of them.

Today’s Top Stories
Protect your Mobile Devices from Malicious Apps
“The majority of Americans have smartphones, and tablets are a close second. With these devices come apps for everything. Whether you’re into gaming, fitness, news, or finance, there are applications you can download that will meet your every need. Downloading is simple and fast – just the touch of a button and the program begins downloading. But do you know for sure if the apps you download are safe from viruses and other threats?”

Holiday Scams
So the holiday season is fast upon us. Many of us have noticed that local retailers have already started putting up holiday decorations, pushing some new toys, and displaying holiday candies. It really is a wonderful time of year! It is also the time of the year that scammers and virus makers start to create specific schemes for stealing your information. During this season it will be common to get stray emails asking about the holidays and trying to get your to click links for donations or help, they might even be wishing you a Merry Christmas, but the best thing to do is to check the link. If you have never checked a link it’s relatively simple to do. Hover over it, and see what is says, it should show up as something simple. If the link looks weird, like www.sazjfhsjkfas.ru/fsdafh there is a good chance it is something you do not want to click. If you are unsure about whether a link is actually safe, try doing a Google search for it and see what is being said. If you see, americangreetings.com and are not sure, a safe Google search shows, that is a pretty safe website. Go ahead and see what someone sent you.

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