Tag: McAfee

Test your ability to avoid spam

Whenever you put your email address into a web form, you run the risk of getting spammed. Unfortunately, if you never disclose your email address, you might never be able to sign up for a slick new service. You’ll be forced to read third hand news all day, as that is about all you’d be able to do on the net.

Do you have what it takes to avoid the spam? Can you read a home page like a book? Pick out the avoidance language in a site’s privacy policy? Well, McAfee SiteAdvisor is challenging you on those premises, with their new spam quiz.

It is tougher than you think! I won’t tell you how I scored yet, but I am curious to hear how others do, and why.

The McAfee anti-virus ate my spreadsheet tool

That won’t be an excuse for not getting your work done this morning, if you follow the advice below…

If you do a lot of spreadsheet work and run McAfee security tools, please check for updates when you hit the desk this morning. A bad McAfee definition was identifying Excel as a virus late last week, but McAfee quickly fixed the problem. This is particularly important for those who leave the office for lunch on Fridays, and don’t come back.

It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft’s anti-spyware was beating up Norton, so McAfee might just be teaching Microsoft a lesson here, at the bequest of a neighbor. Now all we need is for Webroot to start flagging Word files, CA to close all ports on boxes running SQL Server, and TrendMicro to reroute all Outlook messages through Google’s Gmail, and we’ll have a really fun conspiracy here.

Really bad statistic for the day

I always take in the results of studies commissioned by security firms with a grain of salt, but even if McAfee’s recent one is off by a lot, it is still a doosie. According to the 2005 report, roughly half of all Canadians with computers have fallen victim to some sort of personal information breach, and many don’t even know it.

That’s half, or 50%, and that number is the downside estimate. It could be as much as 2/3rds.

James Lewis, the author of the study, suggests that having anti-virus, anti-spyware and personal firewall software installed on your computer can be a solid set of preventative measures. Sounds like the McAfee product suite to me, but nonetheless those are scary numbers.

Anti-Phishing/Anti-Spam tools reviewed

Yahoo! News posted a short list of tools to assist you in your battle against phishing, courtesy of PCWorld. Meanwhile, on the same day, SFGate (the San Fran Chronicle’s online hub) posted a Q & A on anti-spam software. Both included tests and opinions of the tools they listed.

Comodo’s TrustToolbar and Phishing.net’s Clear Search Anti-Phishing tool were covered for protection against phishing attempts, and McAfee’s SpamKiller and Allume Systems’ SpamCatcher received mention on the anti-spam front. Cloudmark’s SafetyBar rounded out both lists as a “catch-all” for both spam and phishing issues.

All in all, some well put together reviews, although some might find the PCWorld reviews via Yahoo! a bit on the technical side.