Thanks for the reports. I have verified that EpicSki is not serving any malware directly; however, in very rare cases, malware authors are able to sneak infected advertisements in to a site (as the New York Times learned
last year). I have checked with our ad operations team and verified that only trusted ad networks are running on EpicSki, so that is unlikely to be the case here, but sometimes these guys even get their ads in to the Google ad system that occasionally runs here. I have passed the information you have provided along to them so that they can investigate further and double-check to ensure that EpicSki users are as safe as possible.
As a general rule, the best way to protect yourself is to make sure that you're using the latest version of your Internet browser, with all the applicable security updates. Doing so will prevent pretty much all of the attacks currently out there on the Internet. If you are using Firefox, you can grab the latest version (3.6.3) from the Mozilla website
; if you are using Chrome, you can grab the latest version from the Chrome website
. If you are using Internet Explorer, your best bet is to run Windows Update. Similarly, if you are running a Mac, Software Update will allow you to update Safari. Also, because a lot of malware targets vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash, if you have it installed, be sure you are running the latest version by heading here
. Finally, if you're using Windows, there is no substitute for running an updated antivirus program. AVG
both offer free high-quality antivirus solutions if you don't already have one.
I'll let you know if I learn more about problems on EpicSki, but at this time, it appears that things are safe.