PC Tools releases worst internet security blunders of 2010

PC Tools, a Symantec owned brand -- which recently launched in New Zealand -- have released their top 7 worst security blunders in 2010, following on to Google's "Zeitgeist" list, of "How the world searched" recently.

The top 7 risks are based upon the Google Zeitgeist list, and were all prominent terms that appeared in 2010;

  1. Justin Bieber; The number 1 searched person online in 2010. An online contest was rigged to send the star to tour in North Korea in July 2010.
  2. Lady Gaga/Kesha; Both in the top 10 musicians searched of 2010. Kesha and Lady Gaga, along with 48 other pop stars’ computers were breached, resulting in illegal download of unreleased songs, photographs, video clips, e-mails and bank card information in December 2010.
  3. Unemployment; 9th most popular news item searched in 2010, cybercriminals are creating fake news reports and employment opportunities to get people to give away personal and financial information in December 2010.
  4. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”; Fans were targeted by cyber criminals who showed trailers in return for personal details in November 2010.
  5. Jersey Shore; The number 1 image search of 2010. Reality star, Angelina Pivarnicks' Facebook account was hacked by a 15 year old girl in September 2010.
  6. Barack Obama; The number 1 Nobel Prize winners and nominees search of 2010, had his Twitter account hacked on 25 March 2010.
  7. Twilight Eclipse; The number 1 movie trailer search of 2010, fans were lured by hackers offering trailers of the movie which contained a virus.

If you aren't using antivirus on your computer, now is a good time to look at installing one, considering that the holiday season is coming up, and your computer may be used by not-so-computer friendly family friends. Check out our definitive "Best Antivirus of 2010" thread on the forums to choose a great antivirus product.

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you will always need some kind of protection but the best protection is common sense as malware targets the weakest link and that is the user plain and simple. alot users are dumb and don't know how to protect themselves, even after teaching them alot of tips on how to keep them safe. i know as i've tried teaching users on how to be safe on the net but some of them still get infected but i don't mind as then i can tell them again.

Antivirus software has been a staple to Windows just as much as defragmenting is. I don't understand why people just woke up one day and thought "Hmm, well, it has been a long time since I was last infected, so I guess I don't really need AV anymore." It's that kind of thinking that drove Microsoft to push infected PC's offline. It's that kind of thinking that drives endless arrays of security software ads (another security breach people seem to ignore) that mislead you into installing crapware or opens your PC's backdoor to who-knows-what. Wake up, people! You want to think different, get an Apple.

Well if you have family over, password your account, enable guest account with UAC on, problem solved. Or just have your PC booted from a live Ubuntu CD since all they'll do is facebook/email anyway. The latter option if you're a little paranoid.

Sadelwo said,
Well if you have family over, password your account, enable guest account with UAC on, problem solved. Or just have your PC booted from a live Ubuntu CD since all they'll do is facebook/email anyway. The latter option if you're a little paranoid.
I dont allow anyone to use my computer. Who does not have their own access anymore? Even my 6 year old cousins after their ipods they can use.

I put them on a different part of the wireless network that can NOT communicate with anything else. So I could care less if they have a virus really.

war said,
I dont allow anyone to use my computer. Who does not have their own access anymore? Even my 6 year old cousins after their ipods they can use.

I put them on a different part of the wireless network that can NOT communicate with anything else. So I could care less if they have a virus really.

You give your 6 yr old kids unrestricted access to the internet to the point where it wouldn't bother you if they got a virus? That's not the best of educational practices, and I'm not talking about the unrestricted access, I'm talking about the lack of educating your kids on viruses and computer safety.

LiquidSolstice said,

You give your 6 yr old kids unrestricted access to the internet to the point where it wouldn't bother you if they got a virus? That's not the best of educational practices, and I'm not talking about the unrestricted access, I'm talking about the lack of educating your kids on viruses and computer safety.


Cousins. Not his problem dude.

LiquidSolstice said,

You give your 6 yr old kids unrestricted access to the internet to the point where it wouldn't bother you if they got a virus? That's not the best of educational practices, and I'm not talking about the unrestricted access, I'm talking about the lack of educating your kids on viruses and computer safety.

He said on iPods and I don't think iPods can get viruses (except the rickroll thing)

Antaris said,
I fail to see how "porn" didn't come in as the #1 search term...for every year the internet has been in existance?

Who googles "Porn"

Owen W said,

Who googles "Porn"

Exactly, judging by most PCs I see people tend to be quite specific.

"2 Midgets in nappies, one cup and a limp celery"

Roadrunna said,

Exactly, judging by most PCs I see people tend to be quite specific.

"2 Midgets in nappies, one cup and a limp celery"

I have no intention of looking that up...but my imagination is showing things that should never be imagined, much less seen in reality!

TechGuyPA said,
A Computer Tech's creed -
99% of all computer issues occur between the keyboard and the chair.

Or in a simpler way,
PEBKAC.

FransB said,
You will always need a Antivirus even "Good" sites can get a virus...

TechCrunch/Gawker had one a while ago, I remember that.

Owen W said,

TechCrunch/Gawker had one a while ago, I remember that.
You mean they got hacked less than two weeks ago, I dont recall anything about a virus? Not a very active user over there, just asking.

FransB said,
You will always need a Antivirus even "Good" sites can get a virus...

No, you just need a good browser, and you need to know how to use it.

Yeah most of my friends complaint how bad antivirus progs are, but the fact is that they open whatever comes in the mail, click any OK button without reading the dialog box first and so on, so they are the real problem way too easy to attack, they post how their facebook account has been hacked even when the password is mynamebackwards or mybirthdaydate or they just accept any stupid app that offers them to show who had visited their profiles.

Anthonyd said,
Stop clicking on "myLittleVirus.exe" and you don't really need an Antivirus.

Sadly with the autorun infection style threats, this isn't the case anymore. Remember the Explorer icon exploit a few months ago?

Anthonyd said,
Stop clicking on "myLittleVirus.exe" and you don't really need an Antivirus.
+1

Trueblue711, nope, cause I did NOT get infected by it. Guess you did uh?

Trueblue711 said,

Sadly with the autorun infection style threats, this isn't the case anymore. Remember the Explorer icon exploit a few months ago?

Well, autorun is allways disabled for me! I know hot to double click a exe file into windows explorer, I don't need autorun feature.

MafiotuL said,

Well, autorun is allways disabled for me! I know hot to double click a exe file into windows explorer, I don't need autorun feature.


Even if you have autorun disabled it can be bypassed by some viruses.

Trueblue711 said,

Sadly with the autorun infection style threats, this isn't the case anymore. Remember the Explorer icon exploit a few months ago?

Remember how it was patched too? Also autorun is off on Windows 7 (you have to click on "start autorun" first everytime)