One of the best things about the article is that the authpor guides you through a series of situations where your security radar should start going off:
- Clicking a link to a server in eastern europe (8.ru, etc)
- Getting an XP security popup when you're running Vista, or vice versa
- Getting an antivirus popup from an antivirus that you don't run
- Unexpected offers of free antivirus or antispyware*
- Unexpected appearance of very small browser windows
Ranum's Law: Sometimes in security it's easier not to do something stupid than it is to do something smart.* There are some good online antivirus scans, but you have to go to the vendor's web site to get them - they don't just pop up at any old random web site. Trend Micro has a good one called Housecall.
Borepatch's Law: "Free Download" is Internet Security Speak for "Open Your Mouth And Close Your Eyes."