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Phishing E-mail Example

Hi Everyone, This is an excellent example of a phishing e-mail (see below). An e-mail drafted to look and sound legitimate with attachments that contain malware, or hyperlinks that open to infected web pages. This particular phishing attempt had an attachment (which has been removed). We can’t stress enough to never, ever open any attachment or follow any link from an email – no matter how legitimate it looks. Yes it’s inconvenient, but that is the digital world we live…

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How to stay secure online.

Following these general guidelines will keep you free from web based malware/ viruses and rootkits thus protecting your personal information, and saving you hours of headache and $ repairing / replacing an infected PC. Use Google which offers a certain level of protection from: Malware protection Phishing protection SafeSearch Enforced by Kibosh Filtering Service Use FireFox or Chrome Never download a file you didn’t actively seek out Never click on a link from an email Always manually (type address in…

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AVG borks Chrome security

AVG is back in the news, you can read about it here on ExtremeTech. Kibosh users do not need AVG. We recommend:  Windows Security Essentials (free) to protect system, and Office files Winpatrol (free (choose download) + paid version) to protect your web browser and registry Kibosh web filtering to block phishing, malware and virus related websites. Kibosh.net

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Beware mobile games with ads.

A growing trend with mobile game producers, in an effort to generate revenue, is in-game-ads, and in-game-purchasing. In regards to in-game-purchasing, the game is free to install and play, and one can purchase gold coins, or jewels i.e., some form of game currency which you then use to purchase upgrades, new levels, new characters etc. Typically one can also play to unlock these features, but paying is much faster. From a family safe perspective in-game-purchasing is an acceptable form of…

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How to secure Windows 10

Microsoft introduced a lot of new features in Windows 10 such as Cortana. However, most of them are breaking your privacy. For example if you’re using the default settings, each time you start typing in search box in taskbar , your local search terms and location are sent to Microsoft, some of which advertise to you. To make matters worse, who knows what web results will be returned? Also, by default (default = if you don’t change this then it…

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AVG changes their privacy policy.

We know some of you use AVG, one of the most popular antivirus apps on the internet. They have been around in the US since 1998, and they started as a free antivirus solution. Around 2006 they added AVG Internet Security is a full suite which brings together the AVG Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, LinkScanner, Anti-Rootkit, Web Shield, Security Toolbar, Firewall, Anti-Spam, Identity Protection and System Tools protection components. The basic AVG antivirus is still free, and we recommend this component of…

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How to test your internet speed.

There are a number of internet speed test sites, but most of them hammer you with pop-ups, ads, flash, etc, etc. Also many ISPs (Internet Service Providers) will give specific IPs knows to be associated with speed test servers preferential treatment. In our experience, at the time of this post, the cleanest, safest, most accurate internet speed test can be found at DSLReports.com. Click here to test your internet speed using DSLReports.com. Enjoy, Kibosh.net

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Great FireFox privacy add-ons.

FireFox is fast, reliable, open source and respects your privacy. However it’s default configuration is not secure as secure as it could be. The following free add-on’s will add the missing layers of security, and give you a very secure Internet experience. Note that the number one attack vector on any browser is JavaScript. NoScript will secure this threat, but note that it requires quite a lot of interaction from you to get things working.  NoScript WebRTC is a communication…

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Is the Kibosh router just a simple DNS filter?

The following is a question we received from a potential customer: Question: Mrs. Smith: “Thanks for all your help. I I just wanted to confirm everything as I’m not the most technology advanced but my husband is. He is worried that since the Kibosh uses a DNS type filtering system it will be easy to bypass.  We’ve tried open other DNS solutions before, but they were easily bypassed by changing local settings, or using a VPN which allowed you to view…

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