Today Square Enix released their latest Deus Ex: Human Revolution trailer. It's a very well done video, showing us a possible future, taking a lot of clues from real life to integrate into the story. One interesting tidbit near the end however is a link to a web site, http://www.sarifindustries.com, and a mention that it had been hacked.
Typically, your DNS servers, the addresses your computer contacts to find out the IP address of any web site you want to contact, are given to you by your Internet Service Provider. They are the DNS servers that they host, and that the vast majority of their customers use. But there's many other options out there, and it's possible for you to change those addresses. It can sometimes be beneficial to do so.
As some news media reported recently, ICANN, the organization behind top-level domains (TLDs) like .com, .gov and .net has announced last June that they will now allow rich individuals and companies the ability to register any word as a top level domain, so you'll be able to see .apple or .cokacola. The problem is that this will also bring in a new type of online crime.
There's a little tool out there, produced by Microsoft, which most people don't even know about, but can prove to be extremely useful in certain circumstances. That tool is the Microsoft Safety Scanner and is available for free.
With all the recent news about hacking and security vulnerabilities in the media, it's understandable that people get worried, and aren't sure if they are safe when they browse the web. Yet, while it's impossible to be completely safe, by using 4 simple steps, you can be 99% secure when you're online.