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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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