More ways to protect yourself in 2008

Last month we told you about predicted Internet security threats for the coming year.


We also told you that the most basic ways to protect yourself were by:

·          Turning on your firewall,

·          Turning on automatic updates,

·          Using updated antivirus software, and

·          Using updated antispyware software.


Here are two more ways to protect yourself from social engineering threats, specifically phishing and fraud, which are on the rise.


1.       Use Internet Explorer 7 and turn on the Microsoft Phishing Filter.

2.       Look for the green address bar, as shown below, when you bank online or when you submit personal or financial data.




About the green address bar

Only sites that meet the highest validation and identity standards qualify for Extended Validation (EV) Certificates.


Internet Explorer 7 visually displays the validation of this certificate with a green address bar.






About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Alexander Trofimov

    >>Here are two more ways to protect yourself from social engineering threats

    They aren’t too efficient, you know =(

    1) Phishers’ sites avrage live term is about 2 or 3 days. This period is not enough to bting it to the database.

    2) I’m able to receive certificate for WooGrooveBank and it will be valid, so until I check it thoroughly it won’t help me to keep safe =(

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