Anyone interested in information about computer malware and scams should obtain it directly from professionals that evaluate and track computer threats, not from e-mail messages spread by well meaning computer users that have no way of evaluating a potential threat. There are numerous professional websites on the Internet that provide this type of information. A good place to start is with the website of the company that provides your virus protection program. The following computer security information is located on external websites and this site has no control over the content.
The following represents just a small sampling of available security sites.
Consumer Reports Articles
- Hack Proof Your Passwords
- 75 Percent of Americans Don't Use the Strongest Kind of Passwords for Their Most Sensitive Accounts
Worst Passwords of All Tiime
General Security Information
- Security Now Podcast (A weekly look at security issues with Steve Gibson of SpinRite and ShieldsUP!)
Microsoft Malware Protection Tool
- Security Essentials. Does not work in Windows 8 which comes with Windows Defender (which must be turned on.)
- Information for non-technical users on how to protect a computer from US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team).
- Mailing Lists and Feeds from US-CERT that provide timely access to information about security topics and threats.
- Total Defense Security Blog.
- Kaspersky Security Bulletin.
- Recent threats posted by the Mcrosoft Malware Protection Center (Threat Research and Response)
- Current Threat Activity from TrendMicro.
Hoax and Myth Information
- Information on Urban Legends & Folklore from Snopes.com
- Sign up for a newsletter subscription at Snopes.com reporting the latest urban legends, rumors and hoaxes.
- Information about eRumors, warnings, offers, requests for help, myths, hoaxes, virus warnings, and humorous or inspirational stories that are circulated by email from Truth or Fiction.com.
- Symantec Virus Hoaxes