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Surf Smokey’s with confidence: all external links in posts are checked and rated by WOT – Web of Trust

Being a serious security board, we take our members web safety very seriously. This is why we have integrated the WOT (Web of Trust) feature on our board Smokey’s Security Forums.
All members will now be able to view the safety of any link provided on our site and will be able to see the trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy, and child safety of any site before clicking the link. More about WOT below.

WOT- Web of Trust

WOT warns you about risky websites. It will keep you safe from online scams, identity theft, spyware, spam, viruses and unreliable shopping sites. WOT warns you before you interact with a risky website. This is the reason that all external links in posts on Smokey’s Security Forums are from now on checked by WOT and therefore guarantee safe surfing via our board.

WOT is also available as free Internet security addon for your browser. We advice you to download and install this useful addon. It is an free, extra layer of defense against risky websites.

WOT is available as addon for Firefox and Internet Explorer.

System requirements

– WOT Firefox addon:

Operating system: Windows (all), Mac OS X, or Linux
Browser: Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or newer (3.0 recommended)

– WOT Internet Explorer addon:

Operating system: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista (XP or Vista recommended)
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer (8.0 recommended)

More info about WOT- Web of Trust and addon download: http://www.mywot.com/

Happy surfing, 🙂

Smokey

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August 8, 2009 Posted by | Advisories, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Bundleware, Downloads, Malware, Phishing, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

AV-Comparatives Review DefenseWall HIPS: 100% Detection Score

Past week the acknowledged testing organization AV-Comparatives published a comprehensive DefenseWall HIPS test/review.
The program is the most important product of SoftSphere Technologies, a company primarily active in the field of information security and its mission is to develop reliable means of protection against existing and future threats, such as viruses, spyware or rootkits.

AV-Comparatives tested the software on 100 current Malware Samples (Adware, Spyware, Viruses, Trojan Horses, Backdoors, etc.) that were not detected by other major Anti-Virus products at time of testing. All the samples were detected or executed as being untrusted or without compromising the system. Excellent test result: a protection rate of 100%!

My congratulations to SoftSphere Technologies, this result underline again that DefenseWall HIPS is a top-notch Host Intrusion Prevention System.

Please keep in mind that the software should be regarded as being a supplement to an Anti-Virus product and not as a replacement.

The full review is available in English and German language.

Links:

AV-Comparatives Softsphere DefenseWall HIPS Review
SoftSphere Homepage
SoftSphere Technologies Support Forums

May 29, 2009 Posted by | Advisories, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Malware, News, Recommended External Security Related Links, Toolbarware | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bogus Grand Theft Auto IV Contains Trojan

Hundreds of Grand Theft Auto IV fans eager to get their hands on a free copy of the game have been targeted by a Trojan virus, according to DriveSentry.

Hackers planted the virus in bogus game files, which are being illegally downloaded from P2P networks by those keen to experience the game without purchasing it.

John Safa, chief technical officer of DriveSentry, said: “People are exploiting the popularity of GTA IV in a way which could bring mayhem to the internet.”

“Hackers are increasingly sophisticated in the way they disrupt the web. They will piggyback on anything popular to wreak havoc. The only thing that many gamers can think of at the moment is GTA IV and hackers are using that interest to try to generate chaos as quickly as they can,” he added.

Former hacker Safa highlighted that within two minutes of logging on to P2P network Limewire he found evidence of Trojan viruses disguised as GTA IV files.

“Such computer viruses have the potential to wipe out or steal sensitive information such as a user’s bank details or wipe out important files. Some of these links were offering free downloads for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV even though it is not available yet.”

“I would urge anybody to tread very carefully around these links, as some links are designed to look official — or even better invest in a good anti-virus package that is capable of protection from the latest threats for their computer.”

Source: PCWorld

May 24, 2008 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Downloads, Friends, Malware, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Photobucket are not cleaning up their act: continuous malvertizements on their website

Photobucket has been mentioned several times because of malvertizements appearing on the site. The most recent outbreak is proving to be problematic, to say the least.

They have been advised several times that there are malvertizements appearing on their web site. Photobucket have been given sufficient information to enable them to quickly identify and remove the malvertizements. Email acknowledgements have been received from Photobucket advising that the malvertizement reports would be forwarded to the “advertising team”.

The malvertizements have also been reported to the advertising networks being used to host and distribute the malvertizements.

Why, then, are the malvertizements cited here still appearing on the Photobucket web site?

rlslog.net were able to get rid of the malvertizements reported to them. mininova.org were able to get rid of the malvertizements that were reported to them. Why is it so hard for photobucket.com to clean up *their* act???

For reason of the condemnable ignore attitude/tactics of Photobucket and to protect the user against malware the strong advice:

nobody should visit photobucket.com unless they have software in place that will prevent any advertisements on that site from being displayed on their computer.

This advice stands unless and until the malvertizements are removed AND photobucket.com can reassure that:

1. Photobucket have improved their investigative processes when checking advertisements offered to them to minimise the possibility of this happening again; and
2. Photobucket have put in place new procedures to ensure that reports of malvertizements are identified and acted upon immediately.

Source: SpywareSucks

May 13, 2008 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Friends, Malware, News, Recommended External Security Related Links, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment