The FBI is warning travelers to beware of software updates offered while logging in to hotel or public networks. The bureau says that users are being tricked as follows: You’re in a hotel, you complete the login process, then you’re offered a software update. If you click, you will infect your computer. So, here’s what the feds suggest: 1 – Carry out all software updates before traveling. 2, and this is more complicated, check the author or digital certificate of any prompted update to see if it corresponds to the software vendor. And, 3 – Download software updates direct from the vendor’s website. The FBI goes on to recommend that you make sure that you are on a secure connection HTTP-s (instead of HTTP) or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when you log on to a hotel network. Is there a better way to protect your computer? Choose name brand anti-virus software and keep it up to date.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – May 11, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).