One thing that most parents worry these days is the content that children can access on the web. Internet-related risks have been an issue for some time now and today, they have become worse, making it entirely disturbing since we are all aware how much the Internet has evolved and enticed practically anyone of all ages to go online.
On that note, Panda Security, a world leader in IT security, today announced that it is encouraging consumers to participate in a nationwide study that surveys parents and educators to better understand the evolving online behaviors of children and their families, and guarantee their safety against Internet-related risks.
“Internet-related risks are clearly on the rise, and children are especially vulnerable,” said Carlos Zevallos, security evangelist, Panda Security U.S.A. “Panda Security is dedicated to children’s safety, and we are taking strides to foster partnerships, promote educational programs and develop solutions that will keep kids and their families safe in the wake of escalating cyber threats. The results of this study will help us better understand what children and their parents are aware of with regard to taking online safety precautions, and we’re looking forward to learning from and sharing the results.”
Panda Security has been conducting the survey through private channels until now, and it will be open to parents and educators through March 13, 2009. Participants will be given a free 30-day trial of Internet Security 2009 for their contributions.
One thing about browsing these days, you may want to consider what type of browser you will be using. Normally, the Windows Internet Explorer would be the prime preference, considering it comes in by default with most Windows Operating systems upon installation. But if there is one thing you have to note, Microsoft will always be prone to security flaws and apparently there is one that has reportedly infected over 2 million computers today.
More than two million computers worldwide have been infected because of a major security flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser, the software giant admitted today.
The problem, first revealed last week, allows criminals to hijack computers and steal passwords if the user visits an infected website.
As many as 10,000 sites have already been compromised to take advantage of the flaw, according to anti-virus software producer Trend Micro.
So far the websites, mostly based in China, have largely been used to obtain computer game passwords which can be sold on the black market.
We are all aware that there are usually updates or patches sent out by Microsoft to its valued users. But timing is always essential. If you are late in attending to such a problem in security, that is a wide opening that a hacker will need. In this case, it is more of stealing gaming passwords that was the main agenda to which they profit by selling them in the market. That is only the lighter side of things.
Imagine these hackers being able to get their hands on other sensitive information like bank account or credit card numbers. The thought alone is scary and though we are aware that such activities exist, isn’t it wary to find out that Microsoft’s very own Internet Explorer can be made the bridge of it all?
So if you are using Internet Explorer at the moment, it would be wise to try out other browsers such as Firefox for the meantime. This is only temporary and knowing Microsoft, they will have this issue resolved in no time.