According to THN, an independent security professional has discovered a malicious Pinterest plugin. This browser plugin posing as a Pinterest browser extension, is actually a browser Trojan that can steal passwords, as well as modify your Pinterest Pins to link to malware sites; further spreading the malicious plugin.
They’re even utilizing a bit of a ‘visual trick’ by redirecting to a domain named pinteresf [dot] com. Notice the ‘f’ and ‘t’ look very similar at a quick glance? This happened years ago with myspace @ ‘rnyspace [dot] com’.
Many consignment and resale store owners utilize Pinterest to post new inventory or fashion ideas. Please be on the look-out and be sure to discuss this with any of your employees who work with your social networking accounts.
If you don’t already have the following in-place, here are some recommended tips to help secure your system:
- Utilize ESET Nod32 Antivirus
- Ensure the user you’re logged-in to Windows as is not an Administrator
- Utilize Firefox with the following plugins – NoScript, AdBlock Plus, and Public Fox. Public Fox lets you password protect Firefox’s options, as well as blocks downloads and unwanted browser changes.
- Utilize a web filtering service, such as Microsoft’s built-in Parental Controls web filter.
- Discuss online safety with your employees. No matter how much you secure a system, deception and trickery can undo all of it.
If you’re uncertain if your system is secured, be sure to have your system administrator/local tech verify with you, the various security measures implemented.