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Update Adobe Reader immediately
Adobe Reader is a major target for skilled, organized hacking groups, especially those launching targeted attacks against businesses. The newest versions --Adobe Reader and Acrobat X contains Protected Mode, a sandbox technology that serves as a major deterrent to malicious exploits. Adobe security chief Brad Arkin says the company has not yet been a single piece of malware identified that is effective against a version X install. This is significant. Update immediately. If you still distrust Adobe's software, you may consider switching to an alternative product.
Encrypt your Web traffic
We all check e-mails or Facebook status updates in coffee shops or on public WiFi networks. It's important to invest in a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your activity and keep private data out of the hands of malicious hackers. This video explains all you need to know about the value of VPNs and how to set it up to authenticate and encrypt your web sessions. If you use public computers, consider using a portable VPN application that can run off a USB drive.
Social networks can be too social
Popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are happy hunting grounds for cyber-criminals. Use common sense when sharing data, even if you think you are in a trusted environment. Do not post anything sensitive or overly revealing because your privacy is never guaranteed. Pay special attention to the security features and try to avoid clicking on strange video or links to news items that can lead to social engineering attacks.