“Be careful where you click” is the warning PC Tools issued throughout 2010 to drive consumers’ online safety and protection. This message is more important than ever following Google’s recent study of the year’s top searches in their “Zeitgeist 2010: How the world searched” report.
PC Tools has identified the 7 most memorable cybercrime incidents associated with them, as we look back on how these top searched terms made cyber security headlines. Listed below are the highlights of this year’s most astonishing cybercrime activities; ranging from small-scale pranks to security breaches of global impact:
- Justin Bieber – (#1 person searched of 2010) Online contest rigged to send the star to tour in North Korea. July 2010.
- Lady Gaga, Kesha – (top 10 musicians searched of 2010) and 48 other pop stars’ computers breached resulting in illegal download of unreleased songs, photographs, video clips, e-mails and bank card information. December 2010
- Unemployment – (#9 news item searched of 2010) numbers are up, and cybercriminals are creating fake news reports and unemployment opportunities to trick job seekers into divulging personal and financial information. December 2010
- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” – (#2 movie trailers of 2010) fans targeted by cyber criminals that used the movie as a lure to steal people’s identity. November 2010
- Jersey Shore – (#1 image search of 2010) reality star, Angelina Pivarnick had her Facebook account hacked by a 15 year-old girl. September 2010
- Barack Obama – (#1 Nobel Prize nominees and winners search of 2010) had his Twitter account hacked. March 25, 2010
- “Twilight Eclipse” – (#1 movie trailers of 2010) admirers were lured by cyber criminals to view malicious videos. June 2010
Cyber criminals target the web’s most popular and heavily trafficked sites, search terms and trends. PC Tools recommends the following tips to help consumers stay safe while searching online:
Run the latest security software. One of the best ways to protect yourself from risk while searching online is to have the latest security software running. PC Tools’ award-winning technology detects and blocks malware and alerts users to websites that might host web threats. PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 2011 defends your computer with multiple layers of protection to stop threats at every entry point. PC Tools Internet Security 2011 blocks new threats faster than traditional security products, and Browser Defender protects against web-based attacks like phishing attempts and malicious downloads.
Always use strong passwords. Most people would admit to either having a “crackable” password or that they use the same password for all their online accounts. PC Tools has created a Free Password Generator tool to guide Internet users in creating highly secure passwords to protect their private information, and now the popular Free Password Generator is available directly on Facebook!.
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