4 tips to prevent phishing attacks

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Phishing is basically the process of trying to acquire a person’s security information in order to get unauthorised access to their accounts. These security information include username, passwords and credit card. Hackers use several phishing methods to gain access to this information. This means that it is up to you to ensure that you prevent phishing attacks. The first step towards preventing these attacks is by researching and getting more knowledge on phishing. To learn more about phishing attacks ensure that you visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing. There are however some simple tips that one can easily adopt in order to prevent phishing attacks. Some of the simple tips to try out include;

Identify phishing email

Try to learn methods on how you can detect phishing emails. There are some simple signs that may help you identify phishing emails. For instance, some emails may be warning you about a certain account closure. It is important to note that they tend to duplicate the real appearance of the sites. More signs of phishing emails are available on http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/security/10-tips-prevent-phishing-attacks/.

Always check the source

By checking the sender, you will be able distinguish a phishing email from an original email. Apart from that, the email might ask you to send some sensitive information about your password and username. No site or financial institution will ever send you an email asking for certain information. This means that you should be really careful when answering these questions.

Computer security

Ensure that you properly protect your computer. Antiviruses and some internet software have the ability to detect phishing sites. This is why it is necessary to ensure that both these programs are always updated.

Always double check

Once you doubt a certain email. It is always best going to the site directly instead of using the links provided. Always take the necessary precautions.

These are just 4 tips among many that help prevent phishing attacks. Further research should be done on the topic to ensure protection.

How to Save Money on Bitdefender 2018

As a security program, the new Bitdefender 2018 is surely worth the crown it wears. In most antivirus lab tests conducted over past few months, the latest edition has mostly scored the highest and even in the rest of the test modules, the scores were comparatively higher. If you had been planning on getting a new security program and is confused on the company names, we would recommend for a starter. The price tag might seem little higher but it’s totally worth it and later on, no one regrets investing on Bitdefender 2018.

Pricing

Before pulling the tricks for saving money on Bitdefener off the sleeves, first we would like to point the spotlight on the pricing first. This should give an image of how ‘costly’ the software actually is, and might even change few minds on investment on this program.

A single license version for the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus costs $39.95 yearly, and for three licenses the cost is $59.95 per year. This figure goes up as the number of licenses increase.

If only an antivirus module doesn’t seem enough, then there’s the Bitdefender Total Security suite with all necessary modules in a compact package, which costs only $69.95 per year for one license and $89.95 for three licenses.

And for Bitdefender Internet Security which offers lesser modules than the Total Security, yet highly focused towards the basic security and network security on a computer system. The pricing is only $10 less than the total security edition – $59.95 per year for single license and $79.96 per year for three licenses.

Bitdefender Free Antivirus

To spend no money yet ensure the most basic of security features on a computer, one may want to get the free antivirus from Bitdefender. Usually, when the Internet Security or Total Security editions are installed, the Antivirus is available as a separate module on that program’s main interface. But for the free antivirus, this acts as a discrete program. Many features would be missing, but there’s no compromise with the real time protection shield which keeps a computer safe from any sort of malware threats.

To scan a specific file or folder using the free Bitdefender Antivirus, one could simply right click on that file or folder and select for a scan. Or relying on the autopilot mode to take care is another available option, there’s no option for a specific scan from the free antivirus interface. But this way, one could save money on Bitdefender antivirus.

Coupon Codes

Affiliate codes are available in different websites. They could offer greater percentages on the actual license pricing, thus the price will go down. This way, someone willing to get Bitdefender protection for their computers can save a whole lot. Ask for coupon codes if you have found an affiliate with Bitdefender. In this holiday seasons, these coupons are very much available.

Holiday Discounts

Few online stores might be offering discounts for this holiday seasons. Also, versions from previous year might go on discount, but getting a backdated software would be pointless. Thus, we recommend looking for holiday discounts.

Conclusion

Bitdefender antivirus is worth every penny, the investment won’t go in vain.

Use BitDefender Rescue CD for Cleaning up PC

Many security or utility programs offer the option to create a bootable rescue disk or similar sort of stuff for PC optimization and rescue. Usually, the new users of computers fall into wondering what these are, and how important it is to have one. Well, speaking of importance – they are quite important. Not that one’s computer is going to get ruined if they don’t have a disk and the computer crashes, but it is good to have for standing more chance against data crash and system loss. Bitdefender being one of the best antivirus and security program of recent times, offer its users with the scope of creating rescue CDs. Users can avail the features in a much effective way, even though some advanced knowledge in computing would be necessary.

Create a Bitdefender Rescue CD

The rescue disk could either be an actual optical disk like CD, DVD or even a BluRay disk, or some different sort of media storage preferably with USB connectivity. USB flash drives are very much preferred over anything else. The methods for creating a rescue CD and flash drive slightly vary.

            In a CD/DVD

To create a rescue disk, the contents to be written on the disk need to be downloaded at a computer first. They are available in the form of an ISO file on the Bitdefender servers, could be downloaded from this address. Also, any typical CD/DVD burning program should be able to burn an ISO image to a disk. For Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users – they might simply use the Windows Disc Image Burner provided with the OS itself. Bitdefender recommends InfraRecorder.

To create a disk using this program, first put a blank disk into the drive and open the program. Select the downloaded ISO file and select your optical writer to burn the files. It will take few minutes.

            On USB Drive

The same ISO image file could be burned into a USB stick, rather than an optical drive. Bitdefender recommends using Stickifier. By only selecting the source and the destination on the software interface, a bootable rescue disk could be made in only few minutes. However, the drive would be formatted hence it’s suggested to back up all the important data earlier.

How to Clean a PC using Bitdefender Rescue Disk

While booting up your computer, make sure the preferred boot device is either set to the disk drive or the USB ports, depending on which media you are intending to use. If the boot device priority isn’t properly set, the computer would rather boot into the operating system installed on the hard drive.

Once you have properly been able to get into the rescue CD, a graphical interface will launch which almost looks like a typical desktop. Using the on screen icons, one can navigate around the features the rescue disk provides and also the files stored on the computer. Users with prior experience in operating Linux should find the whole thing very flexible.

Conclusion

Bitdefender Rescue Disk makes it way easier to clean the infected files on a computer system in a much efficient way, as the OS doesn’t interfere in the cleaning process. Few YouTube tutorials should speed up the process, if you aren’t comfortable with the idea yet.

How to Scan Files using Bitdefender Antivirus

We assume you have already installed a Bitdefender antimalware program on your computer, hence we would skip the purchase and download parts and keep it to scanning the programs only. Bitdefender is currently one of the world’s best three antivirus programs and constantly holding the position within this top ranking, which is certainly an outcome of customer satisfaction. User interface on the Bitdefender Antivirus or other Bitdefender security suites are very straightforward and simple. To scan a file or folder for viruses, user needs to have an antivirus module installed. The free version of Bitdefender Antivirus slightly differs from the way of scanning on paid version of the same module.

bitdefender scan option

How to Scan a File or Folder

There are plenty of ways one can get there. However, the easiest way to scan a specific file or folder via Bitdefender Antivirus is to right clicking on the file or folder itself, and select the option ‘Scan with Bitdefender’ from there. Antivirus Scan wizard screen will appear on the screen and the user can follow the steps as mentioned to complete the scan.

This method of scanning is usually effective on cases such as, you have a file or folder in some storage media and you want it scanned for infection threats. Files from internet are prime suspects for this case. Also, network files being shared over a common network might get infected from some PCs. In all these cases, one can simply scan a file or folder using this method.

How to Scan a Whole System

The full system scan needs to be launched from the Bitdefender Antivirus user interface itself. However, this feature may not be available on the free version of Bitdefender Antivirus. On all other versions, open the Bitdefender security software window and open the Antivirus module on that suite. Later on, click on the prominent Scan Now button, select the Full System Scan option from the drop down menu nearby.

Upon doing this, Antivirus Scan wizard will launch and perform the scan. Bear with the process as it could take a long time. Once done, the user will be presented with infected file stats.

Custom Scan Task

On the high-end versions of Bitdefender Antivirus scan module, one can avail the custom scan task feature. This way, user can select the destination files and folders to be scanned, configured other options and determine if they want to shut down the computer after the scanning finishes.

To create a custom scan task, user needs to open the Bitdefender Antivirus panel, click on Scan Now and select Custom Scan from the nearby drop down menu. The ‘Add Target’ button would select the files or folders to be scanned under the Custom Scan scheme, and other options could be configured from ‘Scan Options’. Check Shutdown Computer option if you want the PC to shut down on its own.

To initiate this scan, click on Start Scan.

Conclusion

To avail all these features, a paid version of Bitdefender Antivirus is necessary. The free version still protects the system though; via its Autopilot feature.

How to Set up Bitdefender Bootable Disk

Bitdefender antimalware programs are topping the AV tests for last few years, and the consumer level trust is very satisfactory as well. An anti-program on a computer system is required for protection against threats, but at times the PC itself might just deny to start. Infections can spread to the boot level where the computer starts up infected, and the infection spreads on the PC every time you turn it on. In many cases, say for a ransomware the PC might not even start or your files may not be accessible unless you pay your files’ “kidnapper” a handsome amount.

Bitdefender Bootable Disk

In any such cases, having a rescue CD could save your day. Indeed, the making of might require some guidelines but once you have a disk ready, you are free from the risk of completely losing your files to some anonymous creepy hacker.

Options

A rescue disk for Bitdefender Antivirus 2016 could be made on different storage media. The most common formats of rescue disks are usually made on – typical CD or DVD disks, USB flash drive, or a remote location which you could for a secure recovery mode startup.

Set up Bitdefender Rescue disk:

Processes are illustrated for each of the storage media mentioned above –

On a Bootable CD or DVD

To create a bootable Bitdefender Rescue CD or DVD, the first requirement is to have a writeable CD or DVD disk. They vary in quality and for a sensitive rescue CD, we recommend the users use the best quality available. However, even the best quality CD wouldn’t cost more than a dollar so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Once the optical disk is managed, the next step is to download the ISO image of Bitdefender rescue file onto a computer. The ISO file could be downloaded from Bitdefender’s dedicated download page. This would take few minutes, depending on the internet bandwidth.

The burning process could be done using any third party disk burning program the user might have. If there’s none, then Bitdefender recommends using InfraRecorder which is free and easy to use. The program needs to load the recovery ISO file and burn it on the disk – that’s all needs to be done. Once the burning is complete, user can boot their PC with this recovery disk selecting disk drive as the boot device from BIOS.

On a USB Storage Media

To create a USB rescue disk, the same ISO file would be necessary. However, instead of a disk burning program, a program that can create bootable USB drives from ISO files would be required this time. Bitdefender recommends Stickifier which is free.

Open the program, select the source file and destination drive and click Next – that’s about it, and the bootable USB drive will be ready.

On a Remote Location

This process is usually complex and should be done via a network administrator. If your network has a – DHCP, TFTP and NFS server along with PXE capable network adapters, then you could avail the service.

Conclusion

For home users, first two methods are recommended. Larger organizations could use the last method based on networks, but expert help is recommended.