In an alarming news, Metro paper reported today 11 Aug 2010 that
"Victims at one bank have lost between £1,000 and £3,000 each thanks to a ‘trojan horse’ program developed by the cyber criminals.
The name of the high street bank has yet to be released as the information has just been handed to the police.
The hackers have stolen at least £675,000 from 3,000 accounts at the institution.
The web attack, which originated from a server in eastern Europe, is still progressing, according to computer security experts.."
"US web company M86 Security said: ‘We’ve never seen such a sophisticated and dangerous threat. Always check your balance and have a good idea of what it is.’"
"Fraud victims are usually reimbursed by the bank in question."
"Last week, another security company warned that 100,000 PCs in Britain had been infected with other versions of the Zeus trojan."
Source - metro.co.uk
So how do you protect your PC from Virus and Trojans like these in 3 Steps? Its not that difficult actually.
- You can install leading free antivirus solutions like - Free Avast AntiVirus (Auto-Updates itself everyday) or Free AVG AntiVirus (Auto-updates itself)
- You should also install a SpyBot cleaning program like SpyBot S&D . Use it (And update it) every week to clean your system of doubtful pieces of code and fraudulent registry entries.
- And finally you should also download and install "trusteer" from your internet banking site. Around 60 UK banks offer trusteer for FREE. This software won't allow any hidden trojan in memory to record/steal your internet banking password. Read more about trusteer here http://www.trusteer.com/solutions/home-users/online-security
Thats it, Job done! You are protected to the best level the anitivirus and anti-trojan industry can protect you at this time. Please note that nothing is 100% safe. A virus comes first and its medicine/vaccine later. Same works with Anti-Virus softwares. So a software which updates itself everyday is really a life-saver.
There are some more steps you can take to turn your PC/Laptop into a high security castle. To learn about them and Identity-theft as well, please check this link on the popular guide http://www.iamnewtolondon.com/tips/howtokeepcomputersafe.html
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