Internet Security Threats – Video Insights on Current Dangers

by Mike McEvoy on November 23, 2009

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Current Internet Security Threats – Viruses, Spyware, Malware and More

Do you worry about your online security? The world of internet security threats changes rapidly, on an almost minute by minute basis. Many people are unaware of the multitude of different forms of malicious software (virus, spyware, Trojans, hijackers, etc., also known as malware) circulating on computers and on the Internet. I recently became aware of a several very well done videos that are recaps of new and prominent Internet security threats impacting business and personal computers. The videos are produced by a well respected security company, Websense, which is on the front lines of protecting business clients from Internet security attacks.

Two of the videos are monthly overviews for recent months and include insights on Facebook threats, malicious emails, hijacked web sites and attacks targeted at small businesses. The other two videos are a 2-part set that provides insights into the specific Internet security threats and attacks for the first six months of 2009.

There are many sources for information about Internet and computer security threats, but these videos are quite interesting in their content, scope and presentation. I’ve written previous tech tips on security threats and protection including 5 Common Computer Security Mistakes, and Computer Firewalls – Security Basics, however these videos provide a significantly different level of insights.

This Month in the Threat Webscape – October 2009

This Month in the Threat Webscape – September 2009

The State of the Internet – Part 1 – January – June, 2009

Part 2 – The State of the Internet – January – June, 2009

Viruses, Spyware, Malware, Infected Web Sites – “What, Me Worry?”

You might be wondering if any of this applies to you. Even if you are not particularly interested in Internet or computer security, watching at least one of these videos will be an eye opener. Have you ever spoken a phrase such as:

  • “Oh, computer virus problems aren’t that bad I’m not too worried”
  • “I’ve never been hit by a virus before I don’t have to worry”
  • “I don’t go to any nasty web sites so I don’t have to worry (ever mistyped a URL?)”
  • “I don’t keep any sensitive info on my computer”

If so then you have all the more reason to watch at least one of these videos from Websense and to also make sure you aren’t making any of the 5 Common computer security mistakes.

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Bellamy November 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Good post. We can use a refresher like this every once in a while to keep us on our toes…

*updates spyware definitions*

Mike McEvoy December 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

@Bellamy — Yes, it’s easy to forget about the ongoing security challenges from life in the information age. Glad you found the post and the videos helpful. Thanks for stopping by.
–Mike

NEELMONEY November 27, 2009 at 3:11 am

well explained everything with good stuff of videos.I like it
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Mike McEvoy December 1, 2009 at 9:33 pm

@NEELMONEY — Glad you enjoyed the videos. I think they do an excellent job of conveying a lot of information about the current level of security threats in a very short amount of time. Thanks for your comment.
–Mike

Ashok December 1, 2009 at 7:49 pm

It is really good information on computer security. With the increasing menace of viruses, malware, spyware, etc., one has to take sufficient steps to secure one’s computer. Such security guides can definitely be useful in this regard.
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Mike McEvoy December 1, 2009 at 9:37 pm

@Ashok — Yes, it seems like battle against malware is neverending. Glad you found the info useful. I think the video format was a good way of conveying this info and made it a bit easier to digest.
–Mike

Dave @ Slow Computer December 6, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Very nice series of videos. I think I’ll post about them and I’ll reference your site. I’m sure they’ll be doing a Windows 7 video soon.

Mike McEvoy December 6, 2009 at 9:15 pm

@Dave Slow Computer — Glad you found the security videos interesting. I thought they were very well produced and provided some real insights into the world of malicious software and Internet security issues. Let me know when you post about them.

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