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miley2g8



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Subject: Can a virus steal my personal Information?
 
Posted on Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:25 am  

My brother told me that some viruses and trojans can actually find confidential personal ID information on you computer like SSN or credit card info, and send it to a scammer.Then, this person can do what they want to with your info.

Is this true?

What can be done about it?

I have and anti-virus program called Cyberdefender on my computer, is that enough protection?
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Posted on Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:14 am  

As long as you keep your virus scan up to date you should be okay. I have my virus ware through my internet provided, it is constantly updating itself.
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Posted on Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:56 am  

Hi miley2g8
Personal information which is stored in your computer hard disk cannot be hacked by any computer virus. The virus can only destroy any personal information stored in your computer. However, when you are making online payments using the net, with your credit card numbers or the social security number, it can be hacked and so you should be careful while using these confidential information online.
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Posted on Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:10 am  

Yes, you should be careful while using confidential information online. You should only use secured sites while sharing these information. I would always suggest to use sites that has URLs starting with "https://" instead of "http://" because "https://" sites are secured and they block all viruses. You will find that although the sites of credit bureaus start with "http://", when you order a new credit report online, they take you to a secured site starting with "https://". All companies that offer online purchases will take you to a "https://" site before they ask you for making online payments only because of customer protection.
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Posted on Fri Sep 26, 2008 5:05 pm  

Well I am glad that a virus can not steal your vital information. I had always believed that it could. I try not to do any business online. I think it is pretty scary. I would rather just call and do a tranaction or rely on the good old mail system.
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Posted on Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:51 am  

A virus scan is put into place for protection, if you have a good one
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Posted on Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:11 pm  

Thank you everyone for your replies and help.The information is very helpful.
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Posted on Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:28 pm  

you are very welcome, hope you will consider registering and participating with us on the forum.
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Posted on Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:24 pm  

That would be nice we can always use some fresh views.
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Posted on Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:47 am  

I like the MyIdentityDefender (the security toolbar from Cyberdefender). I installed it on my IE and it tells me when a site or google link might be risky. It's a great tool that you can use with any security software.

The way of the future, with business, is online. It's going to get harder and harder to do things the old fashioned way; I feel quite comfortable knowing that I'm well protected.
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Posted on Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:40 am  

I have something similair to you it is a McAfee virus program and it has a site advisor on it. I installled it when I instelled the virus scan and it works like a dream. McAfeee also is always scanning my pc...recently it found a worm and removed it..then notified me..I did not have to do a thing..it was really great.
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Subject: Anti-Virus
 
Posted on Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:52 am  

So McAfee has a toolbar on it too? I find the toolbar to be very handy!
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Posted on Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:54 pm  

My Anti-Virus lets me know, right away, whether there is something trying to 'attack' my computer. I REALLY love it!! It 'catches' SOOO much stuff. It 'updates' automatically. At least I now know Virus' won't get personal info.
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Posted on Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:17 pm  

I had a cheaper virus scan on my desk top and it didn't do its job...it got taken by a trojan horse virus and I had to trash the tower. Everytime I started it up the virus would spread farther and farther until it wouldn't turn on at all. I even tried system restore. That was a really expensive lesson....one I will always remember. The only thing I don't thing these scan things are good on is spyware. It will come up and alert you that site409988748487..has asked to change something and I never know what that site is...couldbe something I registered for..MC afee downloaded ...doesn't give you those details...I just never accept the changes...
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Subject: Cyberdefender Anti-Virus
 
Posted on Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:23 am  

Cyberdefender does - It uses technology that guards my computer in "real time" against spyware and identity theft attacks. That's just one of the reasons why I use this software. Plus because it is a publicly traded company, it seems to be like a more legitimate product and with more accountability.

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