Friday, November 19, 2010

Online Banking Phishing Alert

This is true not just on online banking but all PHISHING ALERT.

Most reported phishing attempts are being carried out with malware (malicious software). Malware can infect a computer without the user even knowing it; for example, if the user opens an infected email or visits a website compromised by malware. Once the malware has infected a computer, it can generate web pages that look like legitimate bank websites. In this particular case, the malware modifies the Online Banking login process with an additional web page stating that the computer cannot be identified. The user is then asked to enter credit card information to continue.

The web page that requests the credit card information appears to originate from the legitimate Online Banking site with the correct web address (or URL) and security certificate information. However, this page is generated by the malware and has absolutely no connection the real Online Banking site. The web page’s only purpose is to collect the user’s data in order to commit fraud.

There are several steps you can take to protect yourself from this kind of phishing attempt:
Make sure the anti-virus/anti-malware software running on your computer is up-to-date. This software can help identify and prevent viruses and malware from being installed on your computer.
Follow the normal Online Banking login process and STOP if something seems unusual.
When you login to Online Banking, most login will first request your user ID.
You will then be directed to a page with a picture and a passphrase known only by you. If the picture and passphrase are incorrect, STOP.
If the picture and passphrase are correct, you will then be asked to enter your password, and potentially the answers to some challenge questions to register your computer.
Providing a credit card number to login to Online Banking would be unusual, since providing that information is not part of the normal Online Banking login process.
Be suspicious of unprompted pop-up windows that appear without clicking on a website link.
Always completely log out of Online Banking and other sensitive online applications before going to other websites. This helps ensure that Online Banking sessions do not remain active.
Let the establishment/bank know right away if you notice anything unusual about your Online Banking experience. Read More......

Monday, November 15, 2010

Online Reservations

Whatever your travel needs for the upcoming Holidays try to plan ahead. Nowadays we can book hotel rooms, rent a car and buy plane tickets online which make it a lot more convenient and not worry where to stay when you get to your destination unless you have relatives that picks you up in the airport and place to stay. After several trips I have learned that renting cars online is by far the best way to go specially on peak travel season. I do suggest try to reserve way advance. I have experienced last summer that I did not reserve the car after I booked my plane ticket because I thought it would be convenient to just do it right at the counter. That was a big mistake! It turned out I walked in to more than 5 rental car counters and all of them said fully booked. They only entertain people who have reserved online. I managed to rent a car at Alamo but it cost me $90.00 per day plus tax and other fees cost me almost $ 150.00 a day when I could have rented that for $27.00 - $ 50.00 per day and even cheaper if booked as package with plane ticket. The difference is I did not reserve online. I learned from it so now my next visit I made sure I book ahead of time. This December I will be back in Toronto again and I had a hard time finding a 8 passenger SUV on the dates I needed. I managed to find online but it is not a familiar company but I am desperate so I anyone knows someone in Toronto area that I could rent an SUV please buzz. Thanks Read More......

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Studded Tires Legal

studded tires
The WSDOT (Washington State Dept. Of Transportation) said it is legal to use studded tires starting Nov. 1 til March 31. Though in some States is it illegal but in Washington State and few others it is legal on certain dates due to rough snow and icy condition along passes. Studded tires gives extra traction. Although there are other options and some people just have their tires sipped or use tires with walnut shells. It is just perfect for me since I do drive lots of areas that I really needed the studded tires. I do put off putting the studded tires as much as I can since I don't like the feel of the studs hitting the highway and it make a little noise while driving. It does help with traction specially on icy roads. One thing important though is drive slower on winter condition and give plenty of room to stop. This is why it is great to have four wheel drive or a all wheel drive. Just can't drive like usual. Read More......

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Private Profile Viewer

Still have Friendster account? Ever wonder who is viewing your profile yet their profiles are set private? I have done this a lot of times before too, I check who viewed me without them knowing I peeked back at their profiles. Just visit Friendster Private Profile Viewer it is working for now. It has been down for few months but as of today Nov. 7 tested it and it is working fine. All you have to do is know the Friendster URL of the person you want to check and put it in the view profile box , click search then bingo! you will be able to see the photos of the person you wanted to check and best yet, even it is set as private profile. YOU DON'T NEED TO LOG IN TO FRIENDSTER NOR NEED FRIENDSTER ACCOUNT (if you know the friendster profile URL of the person of interest. Read More......

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How to Deactivate Yahoo Account

This probably do not happen often but sometimes we just have some yahoo account that would be better off deleted than left inactive. My Yahoo account for about 10 years just recently got closed. All you have to do is go to account termination link make sure you are logged in to be able to terminate the yahoo account. For me, it was a hard decision and been given some thought for sometime. Why close an account? Because it is better closed and not able to be tempted to open it again. This way the account is gone for good! Read More......

Monday, November 1, 2010

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