I usually only like to create my own content around here because my ego is just that huge. Seriously; I had to buy a different car than the one I wanted last summer because my head wouldn’t fit in a Focus.
Anyway, sometimes somebody else just sums it up so perfectly, it’s better to just let them say it.
With that in mind, please give Krebs’s 3 Basic Rules for Online Safety a read right now. It won’t take you five minutes to read, but it lays out three principles that could save you a lot of headaches down the road.
In fact, if you’ve got a few sites you regularly read, I’d recommend adding Krebs on Security to that list.
According to a recent alert, phishing emails regarding updates to the Adobe Reader have been making the rounds.
This is where knowing a little something about software can help you avoid a scam, because Adobe doesn’t send out update information via email. In fact, I can’t think of a software company that does. This is one of those cases where people who might otherwise never click a link in an unexpected email might let their guard down. Don’t do it. There’s a reason I always say “never”.
When a new security patch for the Reader, or a whole new version becomes available, the program itself will detect it automatically. Or, if you want to download it manually, you can visit http://get.adobe.com/reader/. I would uncheck that “Free McAfee Security Scan Plus” box on the right, though. I’m not a fan of “bonus” software like toolbars and other junk when you download things, so that’s sort of a matter of principle. Plus, if you’ve got a different brand of security software installed, the McAfee download might fight with it. Virus scanners always seem to detect each other as viruses.
Don’t get me wrong—I love most of Adobe’s other products (Illustrator and Photoshop in particular). I just don’t quite grok why they put this functionality into the Reader.