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The truth about hacking, don't believe the media hype!!
Every day in the news lately, hacking is everywhere!  From the supposed North Korea hacks to
Sony, to the latest stores being hacking such as Target, Home Depot, and others.  The media
loves a story, its just too bad they are guilty for creating a story here, or at least the wrong story.
If you do some simple research into any of the hacks in the last few years, you will see one thing
in common.  In just about every single case, the user used poor judgement and bad common
practices to put their computers security at risk, allowing the hack.  That's right, in almost every
single case, if the end user at any of these companies followed simple rules for using a
computer, they would not have been hacked.

Look at the female celebrities who were "hacked" with Apple and had nude pictures posted
online.  Apple has stated that they were not hacked.  That users passwords and log in
information was compromised.  This means either terrible passwords, or people falling for
common scams like resetting log in information due to a "real" looking email, or they log into a
fake site that looks like the one they mean to really be visiting.  Even in the Sony case, the
hackers got admin passwords from emails within Sony.  They were actually emailing admin
passwords around, that is a horrible idea security wise.  These people may have all been
"hacked" at some level, but the proper security and some common sense would have protected
them.

First off, email MUST be considered an unsafe domain.  The email themselves are safe, but you
MUST assume that EVERY email attachment and website link in an email that links to a website
is a VIRUS.  Even if you know the sender, many email accounts are infected with viruses that will
send infected attachments and web links to people on that users emails friends list.

Secondly, your computer MUST be scanned frequently with the proper security software to keep
your computer free of spyware and viruses.  I only recommend one Antivirus/Firewall product,
and that is Kapsersky Internet Security.  There are other decent products to use, but Kaspersky
has been the best in my decade plus time cleaning viruses.  Kaspersky is not enough though.  
You should also be using Malwarebytes to scan for spyware.  They have a paid version which is
realtime, this is what I recommend for you to use, if you use the free version, you MUST update
it and scan it at least once a week.  I would also recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla
Firefox over Internet Explorer, and use the addons of "Web of Trust", and "Adblock Plus".  You
should also use CCleaner to keep temp files and cookies at bay.  Do not click on any ads online,
and take special care when doing a Google, Yahoo, or Bing search, to avoid the ads and the first
few results that are not real results, but are ads.  Just assume all ads are viruses!

Even with all of this, some stuff can sneak in, so its up to you to watch for anything out of the
normal.  If you spot something that looks wrong, like your home page has changed, or you have
a search engine other than Yahoo, Bing, or Google, then run your scans and if you still notice
anything, call me ASAP or another computer repair professional.  These infections get worse
quickly and the sooner I get them to clean, the easier the cleanup goes.

In the end, hacking is real, but you can do so much to make sure that you are not a target.  These
companies getting hacked need to update security, use products other than the useless Norton
or McAfee for security, and they need to start cracking down on their employees.  In almost
every government hack or company hack, the initial infection starts with some user logging into
Facebook or their personal email account on a company computer and they infect the whole
network.

I used to work in I.T. and I got so tired of watching people risk the company security for a
Facebook update or email check in.  If its my company, first off, I.T. locks down the internet and
all phones are left at the door, or they have no access to the company network.  Secondly, no
software would be on the company computers unless approved by I.T..  Companies need to
start enforcing policies like this or they will get hacked.  Employees need to start being
terminated for these practices.  I've seen countless people fired from $200,000 plus jobs
because they couldn't stay off of Facebook at work.  These people should be let go, there are
too many willing people that are unemployed that value their job over a status update.