Category: Security

Scan Suspicious Files Using FortiGuard Online Scanner

You can never tell for sure if a file that you have downloaded from the Internet is safe. If you discover a suspicious file on your machine, or suspect that a program you downloaded from the internet might be malicious, then you can use the free FortiGuard Online Scanner to scan this file. The FortiGuard Online Scanner scans the uploaded files using the FortiClient antivirus.

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Find Out Who Really Sent You an Email Message

We all receive spam everyday in our inbox. In addition to the regular spam, you may also get spoofed and phishing email messages. They look like as if sent by an authorized company like Microsoft, Google or Facebook, but are actually sent by a hacker or malicious attacker; possibly asking you for login or some other financial information. How would you find who really sent you the email message?

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How to Restore Windows HOSTS File Back to Default

The HOSTS file in Microsoft Windows maps the host names to the IP addresses. The HOSTS file overrides IP address determined through domain server lookups. This is why some malware use the HOSTS file to direct the domain names to their own malicious IP addresses. If some malware has hijacked your HOSTS file, then you can always restore the Windows HOSTS file back to its default setting.

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Stay Protected Online with BitDefender Browser Security

As every security aware Internet user knows that the Internet is full of malicious web sites. These sites include malware sites, phishing sites and many more types of attack sites. The only way to stay protected online is to scan all your web browsing traffic as you visit various sites. The BitDefender Browser Security is a free software which can scan the web traffic from all the web sites you visit and can block all the malicious content before it can harm your computer.

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Encrypt and Decrypt Files Using AxCrypt

If you have some sensitive, private or secret files that you do not want anyone to see, then you can encrypt them using AxCrypt. The open source freeware AxCrypt is an encryption and decryption tool designed to work in Microsoft Windows and can encrypt and decrypt multiple files on the fly. AxCrypt uses the industry standard AES cipher of 128-bit strength which is practically impossible to break.

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Wipe Your Hard Disk Using DBAN

If you are giving away or selling your old computer, then you should keep in mind that any sensitive data on your computer’s hard disk can be restored even after it is deleted. To make sure that nobody is able to recover your sensitive data, you should completely wipe your hard disk and then re-install the operating system before giving it away or selling. Here is how you can completely wipe your hard disk using Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN) CD.

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How to Generate Strong Passwords Using KeyPass

The most common cause of your web site, email account, bank account or some other online account getting hacked is that you were using a very weak password. A weak password is a password which is short in length, uses dictionary words, letter or number patterns, pet names, spouse names etc. If you use a weak password, then it makes hacking you a piece of cake for a hacker – because all he has to do is run a dictionary attack or a brute force attack.

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How to Remove Rootkits Using Sophos Anti-Rootkit

A rootkit is a Trojan or technology that is used to hide the presence of a malicious object from the standard computer user or the administrator. Although your antivirus program can detect and prevent a known rootkit from infecting your system, yet it cannot find if a rootkit has already penetrated your computer system. Sophos Anti-Rootkit scans, detects and removes any rootkit that is hidden on your computer using advanced rootkit detection technology.

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Online Safety Using Web-of-Trust Browser Add-on

The Web-of-Trust add-on works in partnership with the Panda Security. This add-on is available for all the major web browsers. It adds a button in the toolbar which shows the rating of the currently browsed website. When you search something in a search engine like Google, it also shows you the rating of each of the listed results. If you accidentally open a malicious website with poor ratings, then the Web-of-Trust add-on will block it.

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