jcrian

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The only problem with Image Shack is that when you use it it downloads spyware onto your computer.This tracks what sites you have been looking at and sends information back to a third party.

After I have uploaded a photo to the forum I always scan my computer with Adaware to remove this tracking device.Image Shack isn't the only site to download spyware onto your computer so it pays to scan your computer frequently - unless you don't mind someone spying on you.

You can get a free download of Adaware here.........

http://www.adaware-antispyware.com/uk_adaware/
 
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Tried downloading and it caused all sorts of problems. Was unable to load firefox and had to remove adadware.
 

jcrian

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friar tuck said:
Tried downloading and it caused all sorts of problems. Was unable to load firefox and had to remove adadware.

Sorry I cann't help you with Firefox as I use AOL and internet explorer.But I can guarantee that anyone that uses the internet will have spyware on their computer if they don't use a program to detect and get rid of it.

I loaded it onto a friends and he had 174 different spyware programs working in the background sending information to a third party. :27: Not very nice if you use internet banking.

Maybe someone else can help you who knows more about Firefox?
 
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banking info ..hope not
 
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ade

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ha ha
Bejabers
I'm Saemus the Irish virus
we are not very technically advanced in Ireland so.....
Please send this to everyone in your address book and manually delete all the files on your computer
top of the morning to you
 

jcrian

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ade said:
ha ha
Bejabers
I'm Saemus the Irish virus
we are not very technically advanced in Ireland so.....
Please send this to everyone in your address book and manually delete all the files on your computer
top of the morning to you

Sorry Ade, this isn't a 'spoof' but a fact.You would be surprised what is downloaded onto your computer without you knowing about it.

Do a search on Google about spyware and see what you come up with.....

Here's one....

Spyware is getting worse and becoming more capable at evading detection. The latest threats are better than spyware from just a few months ago at taking over your browser, monitoring your online activities and stealing your personal information. Your current anti-spyware program may no longer be as effective at combating spyware.

That was the bad news, the good news is spyware removal tools are constantly improving to take on the challenge.

An entire new range of products and updates were used for this review to take on the latest spyware threats head to head. The group of products used in this review included three paid anti spyware tools consisting of - Max Secure Software's Max Spyware Detector, Paretologic AntiSpyware, and Stopzilla!; and three free products-- Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition, Microsoft's Windows Defender, and Safer Networking's Spybot Search & Destroy.
 

ade

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Hi Ian
i wasn't implying that your warning was a spoof?
The Irish virus was meant as a joke?
oops!
 

Martyn

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Besides using antivirus, if anyone else uses your pc make sure they have their own login.
 
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I take seriously what you have said jcrian and I am takeing my PC in tomorrow for a check up and let the experts install adware for me thanks for the info.
 

jcrian

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ade said:
Hi Ian
i wasn't implying that your warning was a spoof?
The Irish virus was meant as a joke?
oops!

:lol: - Point taken, was beginning to wonder if you had changed to the wacky baccy!! :lol:
 

jcrian

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On the BBC website....

Many net users 'not safety-aware'


Fraud victim
Fewer than half of the UK's 29m adult internet users believe they are responsible for protecting personal information online, a survey suggests.
One in six of the 2,441 people surveyed felt responsibility rested with banks.

The research, for a government-backed online safety campaign, found 12% had suffered online fraud in the last year - at an average loss of £875.

The same number (5%) had experienced fraud while shopping online as had had their bag, wallet or mobile stolen.

Time and effort

The survey, devised by Get Safe Online in conjunction with the BBC News website, marks the start of an internet safety week to help raise awareness of online issues.

HOW TO STAY SAFE ONLINE
Use passwords made up of letters and numbers and change them regularly
Install spam filters and if you do receive spam messages, delete them immediately
Install anti-spyware and anti-virus software and keep it up to date
Ensure home wi-fi has a password and firewall
If you suffer an online fraud, report it to your bank, the police and the retailer you used
Ensure your computer's firewall is switched on
More tips about staying safe
Take the online safety test


How computers can be attacked

Get Safe Online managing director Tony Neate said: "The internet now is the real world.

"We don't blame the police when we get burgled and we must take responsibility for what we do online in the same way we do for securing our houses and cars."

Some 48% of the internet users surveyed online between 2 and 5 March felt they were primarily responsible for the online safety of their personal information.

One in six thought it was their bank which was wholly responsible, while 13% thought it was up to their internet service provider.

With 93% of web users going online daily, it is no longer good enough to assume technology will work for itself, Mr Neate said.

"A computer is not like a washing machine where you can just press a button and use it until it breaks down. It is more like a car and needs some time and effort to maintain it," he said.

WHAT IS PHISHING?
The practice of sending out e-mail messages that look as if they come from a financial institution and which seek to trick people into handing over confidential details.


More hi-tech terms defined

The survey - Internet Safety: The State of the Nation, was commissioned to highlight the issues of online safety.

It was organised by Get Safe Online, a joint venture between the government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and private firms such as eBay and BT.

Spoof sites

Alongside the 5% of those surveyed who had suffered fraud while shopping online in the past year, 3% had been victims of identity theft and 4% had had their bank account or credit card details stolen.

Some users experienced more than one of these problems.

Garreth Griffith, head of trust and safety at eBay UK, said shoppers needed to be persuaded to educate themselves before their spending sprees.



"We have a safety centre, offering information, tutorials, and the biggest challenge is getting people to read it," he said.

"Just as people buying a video recorder dispense with the instruction manual so that mentality manifests itself on the internet."

As an established and well-used net brand, eBay has been increasingly targeted by fraudsters.

Accounts with very good feedback ratings are hijacked and used to con unsuspecting buyers.

Increasingly so-called spoof sites, which look very much like the legitimate eBay site are being set up to "phish" eBay account details and sell phoney goods.

The auction site has set up a couple of tools to protect users, including an address to which users can send suspicious e-mails and have them verified as real or fake.

It also offers a toolbar, which is free to download, and allows visitors to see whether they are on the genuine eBay site or one of the spoof sites.

Unreported

Other key findings of the survey include the discovery that 18% had responded to spam messages.

A further 10% had clicked on a link in a spam message.

Almost 50% do not have anti-spyware, while 13% of broadband users do not have a firewall on their PC.

It used to be about people showing off and defacing websites. Now they realise there is money to be made and it has become more professional

Sharon Lemon, Serious and Organised Crime Agency

Some 53% of the those surveyed said there should be a standard internet safety test - much like the driving test - for web users.

This week a test on some of the key aspects of internet security goes live on the Get Safe Online website.

Almost one in ten of those who have suffered online fraud have not reported it, the survey also found.

This could equate to as many as 148,000 online crimes in the last 12 months.

Sharon Lemon, of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, is frustrated that it is an area that commonly goes unreported.

Her organisation, which has a team of around 50 people dedicated to online criminal activity, has seen the nature of the threats change since the squad was set up in 2001.

"It used to be about people showing off and defacing websites because they could. Now they realise there is money to be made and it has become more professional and has diversified," she said.
 
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This is very true we have a responsibility to ourselves to stay safe online after all when we shop surely we are careful when we chip n pin and the same when using cash machines so why is the internet so different.
Find Out Here
 

jcrian

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friar tuck said:
This is very true we have a responsibility to ourselves to stay safe online after all when we shop surely we are careful when we chip n pin and the same when using cash machines so why is the internet so different.
Find Out Here

I quite agree with you Cliff.

I'm always updating my anti virus and checking for spyware with several programs.It's amazing how many people don't update their virus protection as they have to pay a subscription each year.I know someone who let it lapse and ended up getting the 'Sasser worm' on their computer which was very difficult to remove.Since then the subscription is updated each year.

PS Happy Birthday, you're catching me up!
 
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