Imagine these bad guys using your own passwords to infiltrate and peruse through not only your business and personal e-mail, but your private photos, videos and daily life details (hello status updates saying you're not at home or away on vacation) directly from your prized social networking sites.
Always be careful how you store and use your passwords and be aware of how much personal information, photos, etc. you post. If the info is too personal or too important, consider keeping it off Facebook or other social sites.
The "Kneber botnet" virus was discovered last month and has so far attacked 75,000 computers in 2,500 businesses and organizations worldwide. Those numbers may not sound large, but these things spread fast. Like others, this botnet virus is capable of creating an army of infected computers and handing control over to sophisticated ID thieves, pranksters and other types of hackers. Reuters is reporting that existing security software is not detecting or defending against this particular virus, so you have to do your part.
What you can do:
Don't post intimate photos or details of your life. Use this smell test: If you can't handle a total stranger getting hold of it, don't post.
Make sure to change your password information often and regularly. And don't store a file of passwords on your desktop or on a sticky notepad next to your computer. Even bad hackers can get that info fast. It's a chore coming up with new passwords all the time, but the hackers don't take a break, why should you?
Keep personal computer security software up-to-date at all times. Set your personal preferences to automatically check and download updates. Check your manual for help.
Consider purchasing extra security software. The extra help may be needed if your computer stores particularly sensitive financial and private information.