so moving on, we want to talk a little bit about malicious websites, and we have to really, truly understand the threat that the Internet presents to us. We have to really understand that Attackers
make millions and millions millions of dollars hundreds of millions of dollars
out off trickery out of persuading a user to enter financial information to compromise their personally identifiable information to disclose credit card numbers, tricking them into installing malicious software that might incur
from the key logger that records all your keystrokes.
You know, the Internet. It's a bad neighborhood, and we have to be very careful about the places that we go in the amount of information that we put out there. Many websites air out there that look like a legitimate signed, and they solicit information from you. They may be set up to, um,
infect your system with malware.
Um, you know, my favorite used to be the pop up ads, and you get a pop up ad that says, Are you tired of pop ups? Click here to buy our software.
We're gonna infect your system and then sell you a solution to it, right? There's a lot of money that
browser hijack. So you open up your browser and you're taken to assign. No matter where you go, you may be locked into that science.
you may be redirected, Redirected, redirected page after page after page selling you something,
you know, they're They're just a con of malware sites that are out there, and we have to be very, very cautious. I talked about clicking on links and email messages in the last section. Often those links will send you to a site that has malicious content,
Um, or is designed to install something or modify something on your website.
Make sure that you have active anti virus software, stayed away from the suspicious sites, stay away from their sights and aren't well known. You know, if you're being
ah, if you're being redirected,
what you get to aside to another side, if it's it's very populated with free offers. Click here Down with this or another thing I find is that if if I go to a site and I can't immediately find what I'm trying to do, and it seems like every button I click takes me to a commercial or something,
it's probably cite you need to get off
Stay away from those sites.
Don't download files from peer to peer networks or peer to peer distribution sites like big bit torrent. You know, if you go back to the old days of Napster, where you connect and download music from somebody else's computer,
you're basically taking a file from someone unknown and you're running it on your system.
Connected websites using https whenever possible. That s stands for secure.
Obviously, it's a better choice in just http.
don't ignore security warnings.
Many times I've seen users when they go to a site.
Using https is their protocol. They'll get a little pop up warning, and it will say something like The certificate Authority has not is untrusted. You know, whatever and people. A lot of times will get this message and they're thought is what is the first button I can click on to make this pesky security warning go away
so I can hurry up, send financial information over the Internet?
No, that's that's not really the best thought process there.
Take a look when you get a security warning and you're on the Internet
trying to do a secure transaction. That warning tells you the transaction is not secure.
Go to another site that can provide you security
on and then the last item. Don't change your browser security settings unless you're instructed to by a member of the security team. You know browsers. Many time block certain types of malicious code like Java script Activex and some of those things that's designed to protect your system.
If you haven't need that, change those settings rethink you do call your security team. See if there might be a more secure all option,
always anything that you're going to do to customize run it by them for us.