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Adult Websites, Kiddy Porn Hackers, And Identity Theft


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#1 Nikita

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 01:12 PM

This may be a touchy subject but it is about internet security and how to protect yourself. This is NOT a post about the pros and cons of the adult industry.

Ok, we're all adults here, and the online adult industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Some of us may visit "adult sites" from time to time. The problem with adult websites is that they are notorious for downloading spyware into your computer and some of it is malicious. That is why it is SO important to keep your computer security programs up to date. McAfee even has a "site advisor" feature which kind of helps to weed out sites that will send spam to your computer. If you visit adult sites, only visit ones that you know are legit.

Here's the other thing that's quickly becoming a new, and scary problem. Child molestors who are computer savvy, are hacking into other people's computers and "hiding" their child porn files on their computers so that they don't have evidence of these files on their own computers. There have been stories of innocent people being arrested for child porn found on their computers that is not theirs.

That is why a firewall and anti-spyware programs are so important. We have a computer that's connected to the Internet at work and I was amazed at how many of my coworkers are still so "in the dark" about internet security. We were getting unwanted porn site popups on our work computer because it did not have a firewall or anti-spyware. I personally, installed a firewall, and anti-spyware programs on it and sent a long email to my coworkers to educate them and to do this on their own home computers.

Also, I highly recommend this company. www.lifelock.com. (I checked them out with the Better Buisness Bureau and they are in good standing) This company not only helps you get your identity back if it's stolen, and helps you to repaire the damage, but it helps to prevent identity theft in the first place. I just signed up my entire family. They are also the only company that provides identity theft protection for children. There is a monthly, or yearly fee but it's pretty cheap and worth the peace of mind. If your identity is still stolen even after signing up with them, they will pay for all the expenses in getting your good name back. They prevent thieves from opening new accounts in your name, taking out a loan in your name, opening a new bank account in your name, etc. (I didn't post a direct link since the moderators of this board might want to check out the site for themselves first)

If you want to check out any website to see if it's legit, don't hesitate to check it out with the Better Buisness Bureau first. www.bbbonline.com. Also, make sure to contact your local State's Attorney if you're checking out any new company or website to see if they have had any lawsuits filed against them. State consumer protection agencies are good resources too. I also use www.consumerreports.org for any updates on computer security and new scams. (But bleepingcomputer has proven to be an excellent and detailed resource site. I love you guys man!)

Edited by Nikita, 25 February 2007 - 01:27 PM.


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Posted 25 February 2007 - 03:06 PM

Hello Nikita

These articles contain information and recommendations as to how to protect yourself:
"Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe".
"The Ten Most Dangerous Things Users Do Online".
"How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!".
"Secure Your Home Computer - A guide for online users".
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