Posts Tagged ‘internet’


How naive are you?

In Malware,Malware for beginners,Security on January 11, 2012 by tecnologyantivirus Tagged: , , , , ,

Posted by Leyre Velasco

I have always thought that my mother was anything but naive. She has lived enriching experiences, has had a very intense working life with a high degree of responsibility and is practical, astute and witty. Let us say that she is not easy to rip off. At least, that’s what I thought.

Last Christmas, over one of many family get-togethers, she candidly announced:

“I have won an IPhone online”.

Somewhat stunned I asked:  “Win? IPhone? Online?”

Calmly, she replied:  “Yes, I won it over the Internet. I got a message on screen saying I had been selected over thousands of visitors and that the IPhone will be delivered to my address”.

At this point, my 12 year old daughter could not help the giggles.

I (rhetorically) asked: “Did you believe that?”

“Sure, – she replied -, why shouldn’t I?”

Getting seriously frightened, I asked:  “Which data did you provide?”

“Oh,  – my mother said – nothing much, just my email address and my postal address.”

So far, she has been getting emails requesting her participation on further contests but no mention of the IPhone, of course.

My mother was not at all conscious of the implications of her naivity. Because fraud through pop-ups is probably one of the oldest frauds there is on the Internet. Behind the so-called prizes there might be professional fraudsters, well able to spoof your identity or, without any scruples, make use of your personal data, all for economic benefit.

My mother is a regular Internet user. Her naivity is fruit of her lack of knowledge regarding the dangers of the Internet. That is why I believe it is so important to spread good Internet practises in order to raise awareness among different types of users. We teach our daughter security guidelines and therefore, she is cautious. My mother – up until now – has always browsed alone, no Jiminy Cricket around 🙂

How can you protect yourself?

  • It is very important to have an antivirus program that includes a spam filter installed and up-to-date. Any of Panda Security’s solutions will protect you against these kind of threats.
  • Check the source of information received. Ignore any pop-up that asks for your personal or financial information.
  • Scan you computer for free.
  • Inform yourself. We recommend pages on security, for instance, this blog or the Security Info page.

Luckily, my mother never provided her credit card details. Otherwise, she could have been in serious trouble. She has now installed the antivirus, scanned the computer and hopefully, from now onwards, she will be more cautious when browsing the net.

How about you? Have you ever been ripped off online? Tell us your experiences!



Social media, teens and parents… Friends?

In Security,Teenagers,Uncategorized on December 28, 2011 by tecnologyantivirus Tagged: , , , , , ,

Published by Ana Etxebarria

Social media has become an extension of the high school playground for the vast majority of teenagers, with its share of flirting, drama, cruelty and flashes of maturity.

In addition, electronic behavior has become a new frontier of parenting and, as a result, our own behavior may be changing as fast as our kids. We’re watching them more closely, talking to them more about online activities and understanding that social media has become part of growing up.



Another surprising fact is that 80 percent of parents who use social media (and who also have a child who uses social media) have friended their child on these sites.

This ‘friendship’ poses a dilemma for parents, who have to choose between being controlling parents who check which websites their children have visited, use parental control software, etc, or permissive parents who don’t embrace the trend to monitor and encourage their children’s autonomy.

According to recent studies, only a small percentage of parents (about 15 percent) consciously avoid monitoring their children’s online activities because they trust them. In my opinion that is an incredibly low figure.

I am a mother of three and I belong to a generation where social interaction between children took place in the playground. Well, let my tell you something: back then parents also fell into one of the aforementioned two categories. There were those who didn’t trust their children despite in some cases not having a reason for not doing so, and those who trusted them. Luckily, my parents belonged to the latter group although I had close friends whose parents showed an incredibly high level of distrust towards them.

So, if you think you know your children well enough, there is good communication between you and them, you are a good role model for them, and there is no reason to the contrary…Why not trust your kids? Why are we so worried and why some of us get so intrusive?

Not so long ago a friend of mine told me that they had installed some sort of ‘spyware’ (I can’t find a better word for it) on their 11-year-old son’s computer and they monitor every step he takes online: the games he plays, the sites he visits, the time he spends on each page, the photos he downloads, who he chats with, the content of his conversations, etc. Isn’t it terrible? That’s like reading someone’s journal, tapping their phone lines or hiding cameras in every room in their apartment.

Do you monitor your child’s social media activities? Do you use parental controls? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your opinions or personal experiences.


It is never too late to become digital!

In Security,Uncategorized on November 11, 2011 by tecnologyantivirus Tagged: ,

Published by Leyre Velasco, November 2011

If you know somebody who is NOT one of the estimated total number of 2.095 billion – 30.2% – of world population of Interner users this article might be worth sharing.

The reasons why there are still many non-digital people are varied but more so it is a combination of socio-economic reasons. Some people think that they are too old or it is too late for acquiring computer skills, some people simply do not have the means to afford a computer.

What are you missing?

In short, the Internet enables new ways of social interaction and features widespread usability and access. What’s more, information about any topic to different degrees of complexity can be found online.

What if buying a computer is not an option?

You don’t need to make daily use of the Internet in order to take advantage of the aforementioned benefits. For sporadic use you don’t even need to purchase a computer as you can go to Internet cafes, which are available pretty much everywhere. These places provide internet access usually at a time-base rate but in any case, this way of accessing the net is more affordable than personal ownership of equipment. Or, you can always buy a smart phone with an Internet connection, but we will discuss that in a future post 😉

What if they are computer illiterate?

Don’t panic! Nobody was born knowing everything about anything. There are plenty of online guides for Internet beginners, but, of course, in order to read them, you first need to go online. Therefore, let us explain in plain English the very basic in order for you to be able to start using the Internet or, as it is said, “to surf the net” 🙂 .

Step 1: Access your Internet Browser

Double-click on the browser icon which is usually located at the Desktop of your computer. The most used browsers are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

If the icons are not available from the Desktop, and if your Operating System is Windows, go to Start, Programs, Nameofyourbrowser

For example, say you have Internet Explorer, go to Start, Programs, Internet Explorer.

Whatever page is set as default will automatically be displayed.

Right, now you are on!

Step 2: Get started with a search engine

We suggest you started getting familiar with a search engine as soon as possible, as it will be your gateway to the online universe.

But, what is a search engine? A search engine is designed to search for information on the www (world wide web). You can search for web pages containing data, images, videos, news, etc. The three most popular search engines are:

  • Google (91%)
  • Yahoo (4%)
  • Bing (3%)

Say you want to use Google.  Simply type in the web address in the Address field at the top of the page.

From that moment on, whenever you want to search for information, just type in the keywords of your search in the search field and press Enter on your keyboard.

I hope the image below clarifies it:

Step 3: Selecting results

After typing in the keywords of your search, it is likely that you will get numerous results. How to know which page is more reliable than others? Well, as a general rule, organizations and government pages are normally more reliable than independent or personal websites. But even these can be biased or one-sided.

So, often use your common sense and don’t forget to protect your computer with a good antivirus program. Check out Panda’s!


The search engine will give you access to “everything”, however, here go a few examples of very useful pages:

  • Netlingo: Glossary on basic computer terms.
  • Wikipedia: Collaborative encyclopaedia on pretty much any subject. Users have globally and gradually built knowledge. It is quite reliable but check the sources of the articles just in case.
  • Skype: Site which allows for free telephone calls to people you know anywhere in the world. If your computer has a webcam, you can see the people you talk to in real time.
  • Facebook: This is the most used social network in the world, with over 500 million users, the average age being 38!
  • Flickr: Site to share pictures with your friends and acquaintances.
  • Youtube: check out videos of your favourite artists, TV interviews, even from when TV was in black and white.. free!
  • Grooveshark: Listen to your favourite music completely free!


Surf the Internet safely with Panda Security

In Security,Uncategorized on February 16, 2011 by tecnologyantivirus Tagged: ,

Published by Blanca Carton, february 2011

When I was a child there was no Internet. Well, it’s not that I am that old ;-), but the World Wide Web came into my life when I was in my teens. A few years have passed since then and I must confess that the Internet is now an essential part of my everyday life.

I use it for almost everything: bank transfers, doing my weekly shopping, holiday reservations…  Who was going to tell me!

However, surfing the Net poses some safety risks that we should all be aware of.

I recently visited the Internet in Safe Hands website, where you can find information about the latest Internet threats as well as tips to combat them. The Resources section contains a number of guides you can download, like Mums on the Web, with simple measures to protect your family, Teenagers Guide, with tips for chatting, playing online or downloading safely, or the one I am currently reading, Guide for Safe Online Shopping, with practical advice for you to shop online with complete peace of mind.

Visit it! I hope you find it as useful as I did.


8 tips for explaining to your children how to protect themselves on the Internet

In Security,Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 by tecnologyantivirus Tagged: , , ,

Published by Blanca Carton, August 2010

The security of our children is a source of concern for us all. When you buy a new TV set or an oven… First you read the instructions, then you install it, and finally you tell your children it is not a toy to play with and explain to them how to use it or in some cases even warn them not to touch it.

What I mean with this example is that it is not worth having the best Internet security tool if it is not installed and updated correctly, or if you don’t let users (in this case, your children) know what they can or can’t do with it.

Remember that you can’t protect them against all Internet dangers, but you can certainly teach them how to protect themselves.

Sit down with them and tell them…

  1. You want them to enjoy the Internet and avoid any problems using it. The Internet is a place where you can find fun and interesting information, but it can also be dangerous. Tell them to ask you when in doubt.
  2. Friends are those people they meet at the school, at the park and when they are with their family. In the same way they wouldn’t trust a stranger they met on the street, they should be equally cautious on the Internet.
  3. If somebody asks them where they live, their phone number or wants them to send them their photos, or turn on their webcam or meet them… They must always say no and tell you about it.
  4. (English version)

  5. They must never accept messages from unknown senders and even from friends if they have not requested them first. Just opening those messages can trigger viruses that damage computers and try to steal information from them.
  6. Don’t insult, disturb or threaten anybody. There is always a way to know who posted a comment or photos on the Internet and they can be identified. These actions constitute a crime and won’t go unpunished even if performed from their computer at home.
  7. If someone insults, disturbs or threatens them, they should immediately report it to you so that that person is prevented from doing it again to them or anybody else.
  8. If, when searching for something on the Internet they come across inappropriate content they should let you know. They should not be ashamed or scared as it can happen to anybody.
  9. They should not believe that everything they see on the Internet or -on TV- is true.

We hope that both the Parental Control module as well as the other features included in the 2011 antivirus products help you with this.

Tell us about your experience in this area!

Note: if you have any technical questions or queries regarding the product installation or activation processes, you can resolve them in our support forum


I have finally learnt to love my Antivirus and it’s reciprocal

In Presentations,Security on April 20, 2010 by tecnologyantivirus Tagged: , , , , ,

Posted by Mikel Gómez Urkijo, April 20th, 2010

I don’t work in the computer world and my technical knowledge of these machines is close to zero. Yes, I’ve been working with computers my whole life, I even had a Sinclair Spectrum and then those 286, 386,etc… dinosaurs, but how they work is a mystery to me (as a telephone or a TV, for instance). I just like to turn it on and do its job, which is mainly navigating on the Internet. And I want to do it on a safe way, even if, surely by mistake, one of those web sites with barely dressed humans appears on screen. Now that I have kids, it’s also of utter importance to prevent them to navigate on the many menacing web pages that have invaded the Internet. So I’ve always had an antivirus installed (yes, the one with the little bear face on the bottom right).

blog_soporte_pandasecurityI have to admit that the first ones were not that easy to install and I had a number of problems, mainly due to:

* My firewalls and their mutual hate.

* Having other previous versions installed and not totally uninstalled

* My love for deletion of basic files in the registry for the correct working of a computer

* The fact that some programmers may have thought that I was a computer geek when developing their AV.

Well, I have learnt to keep my hands off the computer registry and programmers have developed user friendly versions. I feel now at ease installing my antivirus and forgetting about everything. I wanted a smiling bear face at the bottom right, telling me that everything was fine and under close control, that the computer speed would not be affected and that pop-up messages would not interfere in my navigation. It took some versions to get used to and understand each other, but what I have now is just what I was expecting. And coming for a computer illiterate as myself, as most of average users are, it’s the best that can be said about a product.

Mikel Gómez Urkijo introduces himself  “I like (and not in order) reading, iberian ham, biking, visiting new places, surfing on the net and playing with my kids. I also have a couple of blogs in English, and, on the off the beaten path places in the Basque Country that I like. And I sometimes tweet on


¡Imaginación sin límites a través de Internet!

In Seguridad on March 31, 2010 by tecnologyantivirus Tagged: , , , ,

Publicado por Leyre Velasco, Marzo 2010

Las redes sociales ofrecen una oportunidad maravillosa para expresar nuestros puntos de vista e inclusive, sin darnos cuenta, para transformar el mundo. Piensa cómo los políticos utilizan las redes para hacer llegar su mensaje a través de Facebook, Twitter y otras plataformas. ¿Recuerdas la campaña Yes, you can (Sí, tú puedes)? O los famosos que utilizan estas plataformas para promocionar su imagen o, a veces lo que consiguen es destruirla por completo 😉


Para todos ellos, el acceso a Internet es fácil; todos tienen ordenadores conectados a la red y grandes infraestructuras para moldear sus audiencias a su antojo. Bueno, para ser políticamente correcta, para darse a conocer 😉

Sin embargo, hoy quisiera rendir un pequeño homenaje a aquellas personas con dificultades para comunicarse a través de la red ya sea por falta de recursos, problemas económicos,… y cómo a través de la imaginación, superan todos estos obstáculos. Por ejemplo, Yoani Sánchez, gran blogger cubana, que ha hecho realidad el dicho de ¡imaginación al poder!

Yoani ha encontrado la forma de publicar su propio blog, Generación Y, a pesar de la censura en su país. ¿Cómo? Bueno, ella graba sus webcasts en cintas y se las regala a personas sin recursos, pide a la gente que cree cuentas de Twitter desde su teléfonos móviles con los nombres de los bloggeros cubanos y luego reenvíen por SMS los mensajes enviados para ellos, compartiendo de esta forma las comunicaciones a través de Internet con otras personas, etc.

La misma situación también está presente en África. Mint Ainina, editor de la edición francesa de Calame, semanario independiente prohibido por el Gobierno de Mauritania, explica al hablar de la utilización de Internet en este continente: “En cuanto a la cuestión de si el analfabetismo es una barrera para el acceso a Internet, pronto te das
cuenta de que este problema se ve superado por los acontecimientos. Siempre hay alguien en los cibercafés que puede escribir mensajes a los que no pueden escribir,… ” … O el desarrollo de asociaciones en las aldeas donde no hay teléfonos y se comunican a través de Internet. O bien van hasta la ciudad, o dejan un mensaje a un conductor que va a la ciudad y éste envía los correos electrónicos mientras recoge el correo.  Nota: se puede leer el artículo completo en, sólo disponible en inglés.

Incluso las empresas han ideado formas innovadoras para poner la red a disposición de los ciudadanos! Sí, Google ha desarrollado una divertida ybrillante iniciativa que os dejará sin habla!

¡Conoce los autobuses de Internet Google!

¿Conoces más ejemplos que ilustren cómo la imaginación puede romper las barreras y acercar a todos el enorme potencial de las redes sociales?