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#1 samam

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 10:40 AM

Hi guys, I'm new here and need some advice - I don't know much about computers at all.

 

I know viruses (although not sure which ones) can copy personal information from computers but I was wondering if viruses can use your personal information and sign you up to websites (like a membership) and post things in them?  Or is it only possible to happen if someone were to physically sign themselves up onto a site personally?   

 

Any advice would be appreciated.

 

Thanks



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#2 H.A.V Aravinda

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:01 PM

Both options are possible... Cookie stealing/grabbing worms are there. and they are capable of stealing login sessions....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16426824

Keep you antivirus up to date and keep operating system fully patched.. 

and may be useful .. check this

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tracing-a-hacker/



#3 samam

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:09 PM

Thanks for the reply and tips.

 

Wow scary stuff - definitely need to update my antivirus software!

 

So if they got your details say from Facebook - they would be able to use this info and sign you up to a whole different sight entirely?  And create a profile?  With your name, age and things like that?  Am I understanding this correctly? - blooming heck if this is true.



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:19 PM

Time to time facebook/yahoo will update their codes and apply security fixes to avoid such things.. Sometimes you may under gone a situation of sending automated emails to your contact details.. If you check you sent items it wll appear in sent items too.. Such effects can be there.. 

Use a good antivirus + good practices.. 

Antivirus itself cannot defend you if you are unaware of good practices 

Check these and some of good practices are well composed in layman's terms... 





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