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Types of Malware

As I mentioned in the previous post, my laptop was recently infected by a trojan virus designed to steal confidential information. From what I learned, it was developed specifically to steal authentication data such as IDs and passwords for bank and credit card websites. This was very disturbing and motivated me to do a little research on the scope of the malware problem today.  [Continue reading]

Title:   Types of Malware

Published: 7 years, 6 months ago

Last update: 13 days ago

Malware Solutions

The purpose of this post is to document details about the trojan downloader malware that found its way onto my machine and sucked up more than a day of my time. I will describe the specific symptoms that manifested upon its arrival in case someone else has the same problem and comes across this article on a keyword search. I will also share the preventative measures I now have in place to avoid a repeat situation. I don’t assume that readers will automatically make the changes I am presenting here but, like me, many people like to get multiple perspectives before implementing something new or making a change so, for them, I hope this information is useful.  [Continue reading]

Title:   Malware Solutions

Published: 7 years, 4 months ago

Last update: 13 days ago

Malware Trends and Statistics

In addition to the huge negative financial impact malware has throughout the world (negative unless you are an antivirus software vendor), these insidious pieces of code also rob us of one of our most precious resources – time. Whether you are chasing a deadline at work or rushing to get your taxes done online, if your computer gets attacked by malware you are usually stopped cold until the problem is resolved.   [Continue reading]

Title:   Malware Trends and Statistics

Published: 7 years, 6 months ago

Last update: 13 days ago

Online Retailers May Soon Need to Collect Sales Tax on ALL Sales

The Marketplace Fairness Act, if signed into law, will empower state governments to require out-of-state online retailers and mail order companies to collect sales tax, or more specifically “use tax”, on interstate sales. To date, online retailers have been required to collect sales tax only if the business has a presence in the same state in which the consumer resides. Currently, if an online retailer sells a product to a consumer living in a different state, the consumer is expected to pay the tax. Most local brick-and-mortar retailers want to change that.  [Continue reading]

Title:   Online Retailers May Soon Need to Collect Sales Tax on ALL Sales

Published: 6 years, 1 month ago

Last update: 13 days ago

Day 1 in the Blogosphere

Recently, I did some research to identify the total number of blogs on the internet. I wanted to know how popular this phenomenon of blogging has become. My goal was to cite credible sources, ideally as of 2009 or 2010. It quickly became clear to me that specific, current, reliable numbers are a real challenge to come by. The following figures are primarily from  [Continue reading]

Title:   Day 1 in the Blogosphere

Published: 7 years, 6 months ago

Last update: 13 days ago