Top Cities for Internet Crimes

It can happen in your cityWhere you live could directly influence your chances of becoming a victim of cyber crime. At least that’s the conclusion drawn by recent studies into the origin of certain types of Internet crime, including fraud and distribution of malware.

According to these studies, which analyzed e-commerce transactions, social networking activity, and email usage, Washington, D.C. earned the dubious distinction of being the country’s riskiest city. This is due in part to the sheer number of smartphone users in the D.C. metro area, as well as the fact that the city offers plenty of high-value targets that are attractive to cyber thieves.

Other cities, such as Seattle and San Francisco, made the list because of the number of unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots, while still others owe their inclusion to the frequency of financial transactions carried out by residents.

Here is the complete list of top 10 cities for Internet crimes:

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Seattle
  3. San Francisco
  4. Atlanta
  5. Boston
  6. Denver
  7. Minneapolis
  8. Sacramento
  9. Raleigh
  10. Austin

Of course, cyber crime is an epidemic without true borders, so just because your city doesn’t appear on the list doesn’t mean you’re safe. You must take proactive steps to protect yourself against identity theft, fraud, and other common cons. For example, you should use difficult-to-guess passwords; install the latest version of the ESET Smart Security suite on your home or business computers; and track your bank and credit card accounts carefully so you can immediately detect unauthorized activity.

Don’t wait for disaster to strike; visit SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com today to find Avira Antivirus, ESET Smart Security, antimalware programs, and mobile security solutions that fit your Internet usage habits and needs.

Catch a Cybercriminal If You Can

Catch Me if You CanHave you ever wondered how often cyber-criminals are investigated, tracked down, convicted, and punished? Well, the statistics are quite disheartening. According to FBI data approximately 25% of all cyber crime cases go unsolved, and the conviction rate is mind-bogglingly low, with only one cyber-criminal jailed for every 50,365 victims. And these numbers only account for the crimes serious enough to warrant FBI attention, which means $5,000 in damages!

Why is it so difficult to bring cyber-criminals to justice? This is a question we at Software Security Solutions were curious about, so we decided to do a little digging. It turns out many factors contribute to the criminals’ ability to evade law enforcement, including the following:

  • Cyber-criminals constantly modify their techniques and use the newest technology in order to stay one step ahead of authorities. Another reason for layered security!
  • Cyber-criminals tend to victimize many individuals for relatively small amounts of money in the hopes that the incidents go unreported.
  • Cyber crime doesn’t leave much of a paper trail for authorities to follow. The savviest criminals are able to erase their virtual tracks, making detection nearly impossible.
  • Cyber crime is a worldwide activity that presents numerous jurisdictional problems. If a criminal in China rips off a victim in Los Angeles, you can imagine the jurisdictional nightmare that would be involved in prosecuting the case.

Although cyber crime is a real and constant threat in today’s world, you can protect yourself by being proactive and vigilant. For example, installing the best ESET NOD32 antivirus software on your computer, updating it regularly, and scanning your machine often will alert you to potential problems. In addition, you should thoroughly vet any online store or auction site before divulging sensitive credit card information, and completely ignore unsolicited emails of a financial nature.

Don’t become the next victim of cyber crime. Visit SoftwareSecuritySolutions.comtoday to download the latest security programs for your computers and mobile devices.

Where does Internet crime rank with the FBI?

FBI Cyber Crime DivisionWhat is the biggest threat to America’s national security right now? If you answered terrorism, you would have been correct a decade ago when organizations such as al-Qaeda were at the peak of their power. But these days cyber crime comes in at #1 on the FBI’s list of top security concerns.

At the recent 2013 InfoSec Europe conference in London, where attendees could do things like view new product demonstrations, gather ESET Endpoint Security information, and listen to keynote addresses about current security issues, a high-ranking FBI official said that the Bureau is shifting its primary focus from counter-terrorism to computer crime. The move is being made in response to a dramatic increase in cyber-attacks and cyber espionage perpetrated against critical U.S. infrastructure. To accommodate this change in priorities the FBI will now:

·         Hire more computer scientists to train agents

·         Adopt new preventive measures to stop cybercrime

·         Collaborate with private sector firms, security experts, and academics to share information and expand capabilities

The rise in Internet crime affects not only government networks, but individuals and small businesses alike. With more and more criminals using computers as weapons to commit fraud and initiate malware attacks, it’s time to take security more seriously by making sure you’re running the latest version of the most sophisticated antivirus and malware blocking software available.

And don’t think you’re safe just because you use Apple devices. The massive popularity of Macs and the explosive growth of iPhones and iPads mean cyber-criminals are targeting iOS users as well. Fortunately, in addition to PC versions, SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com also carries antivirus for Mac desktop and mobile products.

Take a cue from the FBI and be proactive rather than reactive about computer protection. Visit SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com today to download the latest antivirus and security programs for your desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

May Giveaway: Lifetime License of MalwareBytes Pro Security Software for 10 Lucky Winners

Visit us on Facebook and become a SECURE fan and enter for your chance to win a lifetime license of MalwareBytes Pro Security Software.
Visit us on Facebook and become a SECURE fan and enter for your chance to win a lifetime license of MalwareBytes Pro Security Software.

Are you concerned about protecting your computer from malicious programs that can corrupt data, steal sensitive information, and disrupt normal operations? Do you want to get the very best malware protection on the market and have it professionally installed for free? If so, then the Software Security Solutions May Giveaway is for you.

From now until the end of the month, you can enter to win a lifetime license of MalwareBytes Pro Security Software—plus our basic remote installation service to ensure the software is installed properly and configured according to best practices.

MalwareBytes Pro is one of the bestselling and most trusted products in the industry. The Pro version comes with all the great benefits of its free counterpart, including chameleon technology and multi-language support, and also boasts the following exclusive features:

  • Real-time malware prevention
  • Automatic updates
  • Scheduled scans
  • High-speed flash scan
  • Advanced technology and website blocking for zero-day threats

Entering the Software Security Solutions May Giveaway is easy. All you have to do is “Like” our Facebook page, become an official “SECURE” fan, and answer a simple question about your concept of computer security made easy. Entries will be accepted until May 31, and then 10 lucky winners will be chosen at random from the best responses.

The total retail value of each Malware Bytes Pro Security Software and basic remote installation prize package exceeds $60; but the peace of mind that comes with knowing your computer and data are protected against the latest security threats is priceless.

Don’t pass up your chance to win these great prizes! Be sure to “Like” our Facebook page today and tell us how we can make computer and mobile security even easier for you.

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The New Kind of Criminal

AnonymousYour personal and business computer security is being threatened every single day by a new breed of criminal known as cybercriminals. These offenders hide behind the cloak of anonymity that the Internet provides in order to perpetrate a wide array of crimes ranging from stalking to identity theft, blackmail, fraud, and corporate espionage.

But just who are these cybercriminals? Thanks to movies and TV shows, most people instantly conjure up a stereotypical image of a twenty-something, tech-savvy yet socially awkward male who lives in his parents’ basement. While this “lone wolf” notion does have some basis in reality, it doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, according to a recently published infographic, the average cybercriminal fits the following profile:

  • Is male (76%)
  • Is between the ages of 35-50 (43%)
  • Works in a “pack” (50% of cybercriminal organizations boast more than six members)
  • Resides in China, Indonesia, and other Asian countries (49%)

However, as interesting as these data are it’s important to remember that they’re just averages. Not every cybercriminal is a 38-year-old Indonesian man who enjoys wreaking online havoc with five of his best friends. The truth of the matter is that anyone can be a cybercriminal, including your co-worker, classmate, or next door neighbor.

Fortunately, you don’t have to know precisely who is trying to breach your computer security system; you just have to make sure you have layered protection in place to ward off the attacks. Head over to SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com now to purchase and download the latest version of Avira Premium antivirus software and other computer security programs you need to keep these new criminals at bay.

Most Common Kinds of Cybercrime

Common Cyber CrimesCybercrime is a growing problem that affects millions of people around the world and causes billions of dollars in losses and damages each year. And it’s not only the wealthy or tech challenged that are being targeted. Anyone that connects to the Internet via a computer or mobile device without good security software is a potential victim, which is why it’s important to know what kinds of crimes to be on the lookout for. Here is a brief list of the most common forms of cybercrime committed today:

  • Hacking: Criminals gain unauthorized access to tablets, mobile phones, or business and personal computers to look through documents, copy files, or steal passwords, account numbers, and other sensitive data.
  • Viruses, malware, and Trojans: These malicious bits of code are released with the express purpose of infecting computers, corrupting files, installing unwanted programs, unleashing  a never ending string of pop-ups, and replicating themselves to spread to other machines across a network.
  • Fraud: Most cybercrime falls under the category of fraud committed for some kind of monetary gain. Phishing, identity theft, and other financial scams are the main ones to be aware of.
  • Harassment: Cyber stalking and cyber bullying are often perpetrated on social media sites or blogs. Frequently used tactics include the posting of defamatory messages and embarrassing photos or the publishing of personal information such as phone numbers and addresses. This behavior is directed at teenagers and adults alike, and can cause serious emotional trauma for the victims.

The majority of these frequently committed cybercrimes rely on access to computers and confidential information. Therefore, ensuring your PC, mobile devices, and network servers are protected by programs such as antivirus software, Avira Server Security, and ESET mobile security is the key to avoiding trouble. Check out SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com right now for instant downloads of these and other vital security tools.

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Helping businesses with solutions IS our sweet spot.

We understand our mission is to help small businesses, not only in securing their data, but in any other way we can, by raising the bar. To that end, I wanted to share with you a sharp company whose mission is also to help small businesses with sales and marketing.  Security, Sales & Marketing all in one place. How much better can it get?

I am talking about the folks over at Sixth Division. We recently met them at this year’sSixth Division TEAM Infusioncon show and wanted to provide a snapshot on who they are and what they do. They can seriously help you take your business to the next level.

The founders go way back to the early days of Infusionsoft and know the IS sales and marketing solution as well as anyone.

What co-founders Brad Martineau @bradmartineau and Dave Lee created is a process where you “unpack your brain” aka, do a brain dump about your business with them, and they take that information and package it in such a way that you can start to use the Infusionsoft tool most effectively.

Of course there are many steps to a sales and marketing system, but they have an uncanny way of simplifying it. This really resonated with me at the show because we try to do the same thing in our business – by simplifying Layered Computer Security for small businesses.

The process Sixth Division has created and as explained to me makes complete sense. There were many AHA moments as I started to get excited about how we can take next steps in sharing information about our computer security information, products and services.

Of course there are some investments you have to make, but this will definitely help you get a head start at working “on the business instead of in the business” (kudos to Michael E. Gerber – look him up on Amazon & get the book Emyth Revisited).

There is another way though. You can learn more about some “out of the park” marketing secrets here and possibly if you pay attention you could win some free consultation from these marketing wizards. Get after it and good luck!! Let me know if we can ever help in any way.

Discover more information at:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sixthdivision

 Twitter: @sixth_division and @bradmartineau

 Check the hash tags for more of the conversation;

#icon13 – about the last Infusioncon show

& #25k – about the sixth division contest

All great stuff for small businesses.

Stay safe and productive out there!

Monte Robertson – Founder

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You Might Have a Computer Virus

You've Got VirusYou know you should be running Avira Internet Security and antivirus software on your computer to protect the machine against viruses, malware, and attempted attacks from cybercriminals. You just haven’t gotten around to purchasing and installing the programs yet.

But now your computer’s performance is a bit off, and you’re wondering if you somehow managed to pick up a virus while surfing the web or downloading files. Short of scanning your machine with the latest antivirus software, how can you determine what’s causing the problems? Here are a few telltale signs that indicate you might have a virus:

  • Sluggish response time to keyboard inputs
  • Programs take longer than usual to load
  • Programs close or crash unexpectedly
  • Computer reboots unexpectedly
  • Internet browser automatically redirects to an unfamiliar site
  • File sizes change seemingly at random, even when not accessed
  • Inability to access certain drives
  • Hardware (such as printers and scanners) unresponsive to commands
  • Pop-ups appear on the desktop urging you to purchase FAKE antivirus software

As you can see, you don’t have to be a tech geek to spot performance problems on your computer. After all, you spend quite a bit of time on it every day, so you know its quirks and idiosyncrasies better than anyone. If you’re experiencing one or more of the above symptoms and suspect you have a virus, come to SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com. We’ve perfected the concept of computer security made easy and have the software required to fix whatever ails your machine. Visit us today so you can get everything back to normal ASAP.

Small Businesses Are the Most Vulnerable

Small Businesses Are TargetedMany small business owners operate under the false assumption that their company is safe from cyber thieves. They’re far too busy trying to provide outstanding service to customers to devote any time or resources to security, and they figure cyber thieves are too focused on Fortune 500 corporations to bother with the small guys anyway. As a result, some owners don’t even take basic precautions like choosing difficult-to-guess passwords or protecting their network with Avira Professional Security.

But these are the very reasons cyber thieves love to target small businesses. Lax security measures make hacking and similar breaches a piece of cake for criminals, who can then steal all the company’s assets without much effort.

If you’re a small business owner and you haven’t been paying much attention to computer security protocols, it’s time to make a change. By installing Avira Business Security Suite, which includes Avira Professional Security, Avira Sever Security, and the Avira Management Console, you’ll be able to put the following features to work for you:

  • Advanced virus protection for servers
  • Improved malware and spam blockers
  • Free one-click updates
  • One-click quarantine management
  • Dedicated user interfaces
  • Easy-to-use wizard for personalized configuration

Few small businesses can afford the loss of revenue and customer trust that typically results from being the victim of cybercrime, so don’t leave anything to chance. If your unsecure network resources are prime targets for cyber attacks, pick up the latest edition of Avira Business Security Suite from SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com today to get the all-in-one protection you need.

What a Computer Virus Can Do

You have been infectedIf you’ve never had to deal with a computer virus before, you’re either very lucky or you’ve taken our advice and turned to Software Security Solutions for Avira Antivirus.  We hope it’s the latter, because entrusting your data to luck is not a smart move.

Once unleashed, a computer virus can cause tremendous damage to the files on your PC—and in some cases may even render the machine itself inoperable. It will then take considerable time or money (often both) to recover your data, get your computer working smoothly again, or buy a new machine altogether.

What else can a computer virus do? Here’s a partial list of malicious capabilities:

• Replicate itself and infect other files or machines on your network
• Permanently delete or corrupt files
• Overwrite critical files
• Disable various programs, including automatic security updates
• Inflict physical damage to CD drives, hard disks, and other hardware components

Don’t wait for any of these things to happen to you. SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com can get you set up with the most advanced antivirus software currently available so you never have to rely on sheer luck again. We also offer antivirus protection and security solutions for mobile devices, as well as anti-malware and firewall software for servers, gateway devices, and networks. We carry programs for both residential and commercial use, which means you can get the right level of protection for your needs.
Visit us today for more information about our software products and see for yourself why we are the best resource for computer security on the net.

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