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Webroot issues caution over internet gambling sites.

Webroot Software : 29 May, 2007  (Technical Article)
In the run-up to the Epsom Derby, users of internet gambling sites are reminded of the need for caution when committing funds electronically and to protect their computers from malware.
Webroot Software urges Internet users to use caution when visiting horse-racing websites and placing online bets, which can expose users' personal information to cyber criminals.

Derby Day takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Epsom, Surrey and will be held on Saturday 2nd June 2007, offering a staggering award prize of over £1 million for the Derby winner. Dating back to 1779, Derby Day is the most prestigious event with horses and riders pushed to their limits around the unique and challenging course. With such excitement comes an increase in online activity due to both watching the horse race and placing online bets.

The remote gambling market has more than doubled in five years, with one in ten people having gambled on the internet. Sporting events, like the Epsom Derby, account for more than 40% of remote gambling, according to the Department for Culture Media and Sport. Gambling online is so easy now, with hand-held devices and remote links to the internet.

As Internet usage increases, Webroot cautions users about a potential spike in the instances of system monitors and keyloggers. Classified as some of the most dangerous computer security threats, system monitors and keyloggers can track and record a user's individual keystrokes, making it easy for spyware criminals to steal personal information such as credit card numbers.

To help Internet users ensure the safety of their information, Webroot is offering a free computer scan to check for spyware, viruses and other threatening forms of malware. Users can visit Webroot's website and run a complete, deep scan of their system.

In addition to running a free spyware and virus scan, Webroot recommends users adhere to the following best practices when placing online wagers:

* Keep your computer protected. Run updated versions of best-of-breed anti-spyware and anti-virus software and scan your entire system at least once a week. If you are not currently using a security solution, Webroot offers both spyware and virus protection with Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus, which can be easily downloaded.

* Follow general best practices for online purchasing. According to econsumer.gov, all secure websites have the following characteristics in common:

* The website address should begin with 'https:'

* The page should display a closed padlock symbol or state that information is encrypted

* Every website should have a privacy policy. The statement should advise what information is collected, how it will be used, and provide you with an opportunity to refuse having your information sold or shared with others.

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