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2-16-2011 @ 7:51PM
Too many people say "I don't click on everything, and I watch what I download", and think that's enuf. It isn't.As someone who runs a system with antivirus, an antimalware program ready, is careful what I run, and keep everything patched up and security updated, I have been nailed three times by exploits. Luckily, they were fake antiviruses trying to extort money and nothing else (knock on wood), and were cleaned off easily. It's still a pain and keeping eveything updated and "watching what you download" doesn't always work. Simply visiting a site can get you nailed, even legitimate sites. You would be surprised at how many companies don't screen the ads they take, and the person behind the ads puts in an exploit.On day-one attacks, where your security programs don't have the definitions needed for defense, you can still be nailed.Keep your system updated, especially Flash and your PDF readers (dump Adobe, seriously, it's 800MB for a PDF reader, WTF? Get something else, just about anything else) and turn off autorun on PDF files, and don't use the same email address for the game anywhere else. That's how people get dozens and dozens of phishing emails each day. You used it somewhere related to the game, the address got out, so now they are spamming you.If "Blizzard" sends you an email with links, don't click them. Go straight to the Battle.net site and login and check yourself. I hear they don't even put clickable links in the official emails anymore.And on the subject of downloadables, whenever you update an addon, never EVER use an exectuable file. There are only a few legitimate ones, and even those don't need to use it. The rest are keyloggers.
2-16-2011 @ 8:33PM
I have the perfect solution to zero-day exploits: I wait a day before logging in.(Sshh... wait for it....)
2-17-2011 @ 3:44AM
"If "Blizzard" sends you an email with links, don't click them. Go straight to the Battle.net site and login and check yourself. I hear they don't even put clickable links in the official emails anymore."While that's generally good advice, there's one exception to this that I know of -- the use of parental controls results in an official email from Blizzard stating that "To manage Parental Controls on the accounts below, simply click the link under the child's name." Instructions say to keep the email for future access to these controls.As long as this email arrives in a timely fashion, as a result of your actions as opposed to randomly, though, you could probably be assured that it came from Blizzard.
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