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Kindsight Uncovers Consumers’ Top Security Misconceptions

We recently took to the streets to see what consumers really knew about keeping themselves safe while surfing the web. 

Even with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s recent National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and recent widespread virus scares, it appears that many consumers still are not entirely sure of what type of activities to avoid, and what they can do to protect their identities online. Kindsight spoke with people in San Francisco’s bustling Union Square recently, and five key misconceptions about cybersecurity emerged:

The Decline of Phishing Attacks: Good News or Bad News?

APWG Global Phishing Survey

APWG Global Phishing Survey Basic Statistics

Last month, the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) released its Global Phishing Survey: Domain Name Use and Trends in 1H2010. At first glance, the most interesting finding was that the number of phishing attacks decreased to its lowest level in two years. The survey also found that these attacks occurred on virtually the same number of unique domain names as last year. Does this mean the good guys have gained the upper hand and phishing attacks are finally under control?

Threats in the News for October

As part of our ongoing Threats in the News series, each month we summarize the more interesting articles we find about online threats. This post is by no means exhaustive and you can find more articles in our Industry News section.

October was an interesting month of news – some good and some bad – but McAfee reports that overall risk on the web is rising. Case in point: while one identity theft attack (Zeus) was on the decline, others (Carberp and Bugat) were quickly taking its place. We looked at this combination of events in a separate blog post “Is the Zeus Trojan Dead?” last month.

Attack in Depth: Carberp Trojan

The Zeus banking Trojan has been getting a lot of press lately, including coverage in last month’s Attack in Depth section on the Kindsight Blog. Some of the press has recently highlighted that Zeus may be on the decline. But you’re not safe yet, as new attacks are quickly taking Zeus’ place as we discussed in a recent blog post. In this article we will have a look at the latest, or new, kid on the block… Carberp.

Is the Zeus Trojan Dead?

Last week Brian Krebs posted on his blog, Krebs on Security, how recent law enforcement sweeps have resulted in a significant decline in Zeus botnet activity. In the article, Krebs reports “prior to the arrests that began on Sept. 29, Zeus Tracker was tracking more than 90 active Zeus control domains. By Oct. 3, that number had fallen to just 20.”

Are you sending Spam?

Did you ever wonder where all those Spam e-mails promoting cheap drugs, fake luxury watches and dating opportunities come from. Well they could have come from your very own computer. Most Spam is sent from ordinary computers that have been infected with malicious software (malware) designed to send Spam.

Online ID Protection Tip 5: Monitor Your Credit Score and Bank Accounts

This post is the final one in our series on Tips to Protect Your Identity Online. Today, we’ll look at some things you can do offline if you’re concerned that your identity may or has been stolen. The good news is that many of these steps don’t necessarily cost money but they do take a bit of time. Identity theft can happen both online and offline so it’s important to protect yourself from both angles.

Threats in the News for September

Each month on this blog, we summarize the more interesting articles we found about online threats that made the news. This post is by no means exhaustive and you can find more articles in our Industry News section.

In many ways, September brought us more of the same threats as August. We saw Twitter and Facebook under attack, which is becoming almost as common as the need for Microsoft, Adobe and others to issue patches for various applications.

Online ID Protection Tip 4: Create Secure Passwords

This post continues our Tips to Protect your Identity Online series. Earlier this week we covered the third tip, Think Twice About What You Share on Social Networks. Today, we’ll look at how to create more secure passwords.

Online ID Protection Tip 3: Think Twice About What You Share on Social Networks

This post continues our deeper dive into the Tips to Protect your Identity Online. Last week, we covered the first tip, Protect the Personal Information Stored on your Computers, and the second tip, Don’t Click on Links in Your Emails. Today, we’ll look at why you should think twice about what you share on social networks.