TJX, operator of discount chains including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, this week said its computers were hacked. The breach puts an unknown number of shoppers at risk of identity fraud. CNET News.com's Joris Evers CNET.com's Robert Vamosi give their take on the news and tips on how consumers can protect their identity.
Meanwhile, the first mass-mailer Trojan horse of 2007 has hit. Cybercriminals are using a big storm that raged in Europe on Thursday to trick people into opening a malicious e-mail attachment. When opened, the target PC joins a network of hijacked computers used for nefarious activities such as spamming.
One way to stop spam is to use a spam filter. Several security suites include such a tool. Robert has reviewed products from major vendors and gives a thumbs up to ZoneAlarm from Check Point Software Technologies.
Most security products will be ready for Windows Vista when Microsoft ships that "most secure version of Windows yet" on January 30. Despite Microsoft's promotion, however, "most secure" doesn't equal "secure." In other words, you'll still need to take additional measures to protect your Windows PC, even if it runs Vista.