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Windows 7: New Digital Spam: How Bad Guys Try to Trick You; How to Avoid the Trap

06 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 
New Digital Spam: How Bad Guys Try to Trick You; How to Avoid the Trap

This is one of the latest traps I thought I would share with everyone here to watch out for!

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The latest forms of digital spam include clickjacking, junk apps, bad QR codes, and much more. Here's what you can do to stay safe.

By Christina DesMarais, PCWorld Feb 5, 2012 9:40 pm






Like Whack-a-Mole, new forms of digital spam pop up faster than security software can knock them down--and the problem is just getting worse. In fact, according to search engine newcomer Blekko, 1 million new spam pages are created every hour.


At the outset, let me offer my defininition of spam: any kind of unwanted communication delivered by any unknown source. That's a broader description than many people would make; but much of what's happening online is not only annoying and a waste of time, but also sometimes injurious and costly.
Here are some of the latest forms of digital spam, together with some steps you can take to avoid them.

see full 3 page report

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06 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I know of no way to stop tracking completely but I do check often and clear cookies several times a day. SAS is scanning now as I type this. Maybe with Microsoft and Google fighting each other they will come up with better browsing the internet. I do wonder who is watching Microsoft and Google and their tracking.
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06 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I've always suspected Google anyways from years back and chose to use other search providers. When Bing came out I ended up seeing that made the default even on all other browsers besides IE now second to WaterFox.

The warning that comes with this article however points out the "what looks like a normal site" snares being put out there to trip people up! They tried various fake program offers to spread viruses while these have other intentions like your own personal information not the usual browsing habits but things like your credit card even besides email and home address info!

They scam for the things you wouldn't normally provide unless you were sure your privacy was secure. I see the same thing at times with spam mail coming in on one free account where I simply forward to report and mark as it is Garbage! But the unfortunate side of things is too many novices are the ones taken in!
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06 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Auto-cleanup, NoScript and a vb Script

I use NoScript, which is supposed to provide protection from "clickjacking", rogue js and XSS.
I have Firefox set to auto-delete everything, except the History (downloads and sites) and Session.
I also run Firefox using a vb script, which runs CCleaner when I quit.


Before I created my script and set the FF auto-cleanup, I had a mysterious hijacking incident (Yahoo Mail).
After multiple different AM & AV scans proved negative, I concluded that I must have forgot to manually clear my cache and something was lurking in there.

Since instituting my new procedure I haven't had any problems.
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06 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

That's one complaint I often hear about FF and the 64bit flavor I use here WaterFox when not on IE9. I haven't experienced any clickjacking but have had a few browser hijacks in past years before getting web filtering.

The one thing I have seen recently was on FaceBook where someone who didn't post was seen to have posted something they would never be caught posting. Spam! Numerous FB accounts were being targeted if you heard about that one late last year.

The web in general is now a wilderness in too many ways with opportunists looking to pounce on you if you are not paying attention! There all types of pitfalls to be aware of. The report there covers some of the latest ones being seen!
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09 Feb 2012   #6

Windows Seven, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
I use NoScript, which is supposed to provide protection from "clickjacking", rogue js and XSS.
I have Firefox set to auto-delete everything, except the History (downloads and sites) and Session.
I also run Firefox using a vb script, which runs CCleaner when I quit.


Before I created my script and set the FF auto-cleanup, I had a mysterious hijacking incident (Yahoo Mail).
After multiple different AM & AV scans proved negative, I concluded that I must have forgot to manually clear my cache and something was lurking in there.

Since instituting my new procedure I haven't had any problems.
You should use the better privacy addon as well. To delete flash cookies that are held in a separate folder and will immediately restore tracking cookies. Try https everywhere as well.
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09 Feb 2012   #7

 
 
read that latest FF n flash player eliminate LSO already..

zat so? read that on a post at better privacy add on page at FF

Msongs
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09 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Thanks bigcitycat

Thanks for those suggestions.
I don't like running a lot of add-ons, just in case they start interacting in strange ways (e.g. like AV programs).

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You should use the better privacy addon as well. To delete flash cookies that are held in a separate folder and will immediately restore tracking cookies.
CCleaner is supposed to delete Flash cookies.

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Try https everywhere as well.
Do all websites allow https connections?
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10 Feb 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I can certainly agree with that one. As far as CCleaner that has an IE history cleanup option for deletion of everything.

As far as HTTPS connections that's configured to allow or not allow when setting up a proxy server or firewall for one. So that would vary from site to site.
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10 Feb 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Thanks Night Hawk

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I can certainly agree with that one. As far as CCleaner that has an IE history cleanup option for deletion of everything.
Here's an article (from 2009) about Flash cookies (CCleaner is specifically mentioned).
You Deleted Your Cookies? Think Again | Epicenter | Wired.com

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
As far as HTTPS connections that's configured to allow or not allow when setting up a proxy server or firewall for one. So that would vary from site to site.
That's what I thought (based on my Networking course).
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