Take Back the Net – Secure Your Computer and Sport the Grey Ribbon!
As many of you know, on Wednesday, Blue Security was forced to shut down its Blue Frog anti-spam service. While reasonable minds can and do differ over the methods used by the Blue Frog service, there is no question but that they were having an effect. In fact, they had such an impact that they found themselves the target of a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack orchestrated by a top spammer calling himself PharmaMaster. PharmaMaster also attacked Blue Security’s blog hosting company and registrar, and, ultimately, their customers.
The attacks were brutal, and unrelenting. It has been estimated that the attacks were sent through tens of thousands of compromised computers.
And that is an important point which cannot be overlooked or lost. Spammers, phishers and other malicious actors on the Internet are able to do the damage that they do in large part because they are able to control “botnets” – enormous networks of compromised personal computers (“zombies”) which they control from afar.
And to whom do these zombied, compromised computers belong?
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Your brother or sister.
Hundreds of thousands of PCs are compromised worldwide – estimates last year were that at least one in every three computers were already infected and under a spammer’s control. Without the owner’s having any idea that something was wrong.
It’s silent. It’s everywhere. And it’s happening right now.
Right now a computer belonging to someone you know is under the control of a spammer or phisher.
Your own machine may be sending out spam right now, under your nose, and you’d never know.
And yet, the way to help stop spammers and phishers is right at your finger tips.
Secure your computer!
Take back the net.
Here’s how to do it for free – it’s easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Install anti-virus software. Run it at least once a day.
2. Install anti-spyware software. Run it at least once a day.
3. Install firewall software. Run it.
Got a Windows machine? Here’s how to do this for free, courtesy of Ask-Leo.com at Ask-Leo.com:
1. Turn on the firewall which comes with Windows XP.
2. Install Microsoft’s free Defender anti-spyware:
3. Install AVG’s free anti-virus software:
There you go! That’s all there is to it! Be sure to keep that software up-to-date, along with your Windows XP updates.
Now, spread the word!
Please copy this icon and display it on your website along with this link and text:
You can also just send people to http://www.SecureYourComputer.org
It doesn’t really matter how you encourage and help people to secure their computer, so long as you do it.
Together, we can Take Back the Net.
Take Back the Net is an initiative of ISIPP (the Institute for Social Internet Public Policy). There is a very good article there about why you should secure your computer.
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