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- Written on: February 1st, 2011
Most computer users try to be safe when they are online. Many people won’t open emails from people they don’t know. Some only go to websites they know they can trust.
But if you think you are safe online because you are careful, think again.
Microsoft has announced a new security vulnerability was discovered that allows hackers to install malware on any computer from Windows XP up through Windows 7 and all you have to do is visit a website to infect yourself.
This means that you (and 900 million other people) just became a target and all the hackers have to do is get you tto visit an infected website, deliver an infected ad to your computer, or just wait for you to make one fatal typo in your browser’s address bar.
How Can my Computer be Attacked?
With this specific vulnerability an attacker needs to get your browser to load something from an infected website. Some possible ways your computer could be infected include:
- You click on a link in an email taking your to the infected website
- A trusted website displays an advertisement from an infected website
- You mistakenly type an incorrect URL in your address bar
- Your visiting crazy Uncle stupidly just goes to the site an infects your computer
Once your computer is attacked it can sit for hours, days or even weeks before exhibiting signs of infection.
What Do I Need to Do to Stay Safe?
It is always a good idea to employ the safe computing practices I listed at the beginning of this article.
The only security software that Schrock Innovations recommends for its customers is Norton 360 because it is literally the only software program that we have installed for our customers that keeps them safe.
In fact, if you are running Norton 360 you don’t have to worry about the vulnerability discussed in this article at all because Norton has already covered it for you.
If you are not running Norton and want to switch to keep your computer safe, Schrock Innovations has Norton 360 on sale through February 6, 2011.
For only $79.99 Schrock will log into your computer over the Schrock Desk remote support service, clean any infections in your computer, install Norton 360 and configure it for only $79.99!
Contact Schrock Innovations to take advantage of this special offer before it runs out!