Threat

No wonder why McAfee is not popular. There are so many effective anti-virus programs out there, many of which are free. By considering decreased sales McAfee adopted a lame way to force people to use McAfee and to be in news. They went to Yahoo to make a deal about their search results. As a result Yahoo started displaying website information using McAfee SiteAdvisor which alerts you if the any website has got suspicious or infected files.

Now! we all know there are tweak tools which are detected by antivirus programs as a threat but those are not. Antivirus programs give warning about those tools. So does McAfee. TechMynd was marked by Yahoo as site with 4 dangerous downloads and few other less dangerous files, 2 months ago (April 2010). We deleted all those files, even we deleted less suspicious files. After that we went to contact Yahoo and McAfee about the issue. Funny thing happened.

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Have you received any suspicious file, attachment you are unable to recognize via email? Best online security practices describe that do not open and run any attachment from unreliable source and make sure you know the sender is trusted. Normally popular services will mark that file as suspicious and put that email in junk folder. You might still want to know about that file before running it on your PC. Here is an online service which will analyze and detect any threat in files and give you details about any file from multiple antivirus engines.

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FaceBook is not the first service which had been vulnerable to threats and attackers. Infact your security is in your own hands. If you keep simple precautions in your mind and take care of what service you are using and how you are using it?, then chances are less your account could be compromised. You will save your friends and family from threats and attacks if you are safe online because there are applications which can use your data and approach your friends and family via spammy wall posts, inbox messages or there are of course more tempting ways to urge friends to click any link to take some action or get involved with something which they will happily do for you. Be careful of what your click at. Avoid spammers at FaceBook. Avoid spammy messages. Block the person who sends spammy messages. Avoid clicking links in fake notifications from FaceBook. Every FaceBook user should know about these threats which have been spreading and affected many FaceBook users and their contacts.

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Click at the image above and see it in details. This is the email I received and my FaceBook account was recently hacked. I recovered it in few attempts (Genius). But here is a caution for everybody. FaceBook won’t email you attached files from [email protected] email address. So do not open attachments containing files with Facebook name in that or something like ‘Facebook_Password_3eb0e.zip‘ or ‘Facebook_Password.zip‘.

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Some genius once said:

What makes FaceBook GREAT, makes it even WORST.

Guess what? That genius is nobody but exactly me. Seriously, have you noted that many users / developers create applications for Facebook? Daily hundreds of user created applications are submitted at FaceBook and you are using them without knowing them that whether those user created FaceBook applications are harmful or safe for your FaceBook account and even for your computer and sensitive data!

Consider this! If an application can ask permissions from you to post something at your wall and do stuff then in background it can steal your password. Infact I have a list of such user created applications which can steal your facebook password right away.

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