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Escape the Phisherman’s Hook – 4 Tips to Get You off the Line

b2ap3_thumbnail_phishing_scams_400.jpgThe Internet is a vast ocean filled with all sorts of different creatures. Many are harmless, like the bottlenose dolphin, but once in a while you will encounter an aggressive shark. But no matter how powerful or intelligent these creatures are, they still wind up flopping around on the deck of some fisherman's boat. Why? Because fishermen know what they're looking for and how to capture it. The same can be said about Internet phishers.

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The Virtual Hand that Terrorizes the Cradle

b2ap3_thumbnail_internet_connected_security_400.jpgIn today's connected home, Internet security needs to extend beyond the PC. Any device that's connected to the Internet needs to be password protected, secured with a firewall, and utilize available security apps. These precautions should be taken even with seemingly harmless devices like baby monitors. A family from Ohio recently learned this lesson the hard way.

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Internet Security: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things!

b2ap3_thumbnail_security_from_hackers_400.jpgWhen you were a kid, did you ever ask your parents for a cool new toy only to have your request denied because you were in the habit of breaking everything? Your parents would point out your destructive habit and tell you, "This is why we can't have nice things." As an adult, the coolest toy is the Internet and hackers want to break it.

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Alert: Heartbleed Bug Threatens Popular Websites!

b2ap3_thumbnail_bleeing_heart_one_400.jpgOn April 7th, a new bug on the Internet was discovered that's putting millions of users' personal data at risk. Given the name "Heartbleed bug," it's capable of allowing infiltrators to collect information while you are securely browsing a SSL/TLS website. Since SSL/TLS is so widely used, it's very probably that your personal data is at risk.

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How the Personal Information of 200 Million Users Wound Up on an Illegal ID Theft Service

b2ap3_thumbnail_secure_the_information_you_can_400.jpgYou're likely familiar with the various ways that hackers can steal your identity, but you may not be familiar with how hackers anonymously buy and sell people's personal information to interested parties. This is done through online ID theft services and a December hearing before the U.S. Senate highlights how one service was selling personal records on more than 200 million Americans!

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What do Hackers Want with Your Email?

b2ap3_thumbnail_hackers_are_after_you_400.jpgThe value of your email account cannot be understated. You may think less of your email inbox because there are so many other ways to digitally communicate, but to a hacker, your email is a goldmine of valuable information. You may use your email less than ever before, but that doesn't mean you can neglect email security.

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2 Million Passwords Stolen! Have You been Hacked?

b2ap3_thumbnail_pword400.jpgOn December 3, 2013, security company Trustwave discovered over two million stolen user passwords for popular online services like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, and 93,000 other websites. There's a high probability that you use one of the services affected by the hack. Is your personal information compromised?

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Malachi Brewer
What is happening around the globe people have not safe data in their laptop or accounts because of hackers? Recently I heard the ... Read More
Wednesday, 12 August 2020 04:41
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Protect Your Business with Intelligent Surveillance Cameras

b2ap3_thumbnail_cam400.jpgThe world you do business in is a pretty dangerous and messed up place, and things always seem to be getting worse. Thankfully, security technology is improving, which helps offset the risks of living in a perilous world. You can take advantage of these security improvements by installing intelligent surveillance cameras for your business.

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How to Protect Your Cloud Hosted Data from Security Breaches

b2ap3_thumbnail_secure400.jpgRecently, Adobe sent out e-mails and letters to users notifying everyone of a security breach. "The attackers may have obtained access to your Adobe ID and encrypted password." The obvious question here is, "How do I protect myself and my business from such attacks?" The unfortunate answer is you can't, but you can marginalize the impact by taking some common sense measures.

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Dana David
You need to save your data that was from the security breaches that were store at your cloud account that was not easy. I need to ... Read More
Saturday, 21 September 2019 06:23
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Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A Nasty Ransomware You Need to Guard Against

b2ap3_thumbnail_virus1-400.jpgOn September 10th, 2013, a new ransomware known as Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A began attacking computers all over the Internet, locking users out of their PCs and putting sensitive information at risk. If your computer gets it, then you're in for a world of hurt. Here are the details on what this virus does and what you can do to prevent it.

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It’s Time to Reevaluate How You Share Photos

b2ap3_thumbnail_selfie400.jpgIf you use a smartphone to take personal pictures and post them to the Internet, then you may unknowingly be posting more about yourself than you want to, like where and when the picture was taken. This information in the hands of the wrong person can lead to dangerous consequences, like theft of your property, your identity, or even kidnapping.

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Don’t Forfeit Your Command-and-Control Center To a Zombie Army

b2ap3_thumbnail_zomb400.jpgWith an increase in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks and packet flooding volume, its evident that hackers are using compromised web servers for their malicious activities. By infecting servers, these dastardly infiltrators create a Zombie command-and-control center to direct their malicious activities from.

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Russia Protects Communications by Using Typewriters

b2ap3_thumbnail_typewriter400.jpgIf you have been following international news headlines with stories like WikiLeaks spreading confidential documents, and recent revelations about a US surveillance scandal, it kind of feels like we are in the middle of Spy vs. Spy. As nations look for stronger security solutions to protect themselves, Russia is looking to older technology to keep their communications safe.

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Know the Risks of the Internet before Logging On

b2ap3_thumbnail_virus400_20130617-162258_1.jpgDriving a powerful car can be an exhilarating experience, but if you have no idea what you're doing, it can be dangerous. This is why governments require drivers to pass a safety class before they can speed down the road encased in steel and glass. The Internet is also a powerful tool that can be exciting, beneficial, and dangerous.

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Bury Your Treasured Files With TrueCrypt

b2ap3_thumbnail_tcsquare400.jpgHow vulnerable is your sensitive data on your PC to unwanted threats? Can anyone who gains access to your computer be able to easily find this data and do whatever they wish to it? If these files were encrypted and then hidden from view, you can neutralize the possibility of it happening.

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Preparing Your Social Media Will

b2ap3_thumbnail_googledeath400.jpgYou can't log onto your online account if you're dead, and unless you have your password clearly marked on a sticky note, then nobody else will be able to either. While the Internet is a great distraction to keep us from pondering our mortality, the issue of post-mortem social media forces us to face death by preparing a digital will.

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Network Firewalls Explained

b2ap3_thumbnail_Firewall400.jpgYou know that having a strong firewall is a key component to having strong network security, but do you how firewalls work? Firewalls take their name from the protective barriers that keep buildings and engines safe from fire. While it’s unlikely that your computer is in danger of incineration, a firewall does protect it from cyber-threats; here’s how!

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Yes, I agree with that the strong Firewalls make the strong network. Reading this post I learn the difference between network fire... Read More
Sunday, 25 August 2019 17:33
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Hackers are Taking Advantage of Technology Improvements

b2ap3_thumbnail_HackerSkull400.jpgUsing strong passwords is a critical part of keeping your network protected. For years we have been preaching the need to use complex passwords, along with the need to use different passwords for different accounts. As the technology of crackers (not the salted kind) improves, the need to be diligent about password security intensifies.

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Briar Cole
Where we are getting latest features of safety and security there hackers are also verdicts the new breaches. Now you can easily b... Read More
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:29
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Who Can You Trust with Your Data?

b2ap3_thumbnail_Trust400.jpgYour company's information on your network is labeled as "sensitive" for a reason. The files on your servers contain the secrets to your success, along with financial records about you, your employees, and your customers. When trusting sensitive data to a third party, make sure that it is someone you trust.

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Madeleine Tait
Data is the composition of the files that are interrelated and interconnected with each other with the advance means and sections.... Read More
Thursday, 19 September 2019 07:02
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In Windows, Hibernation Isn’t Sleep

b2ap3_thumbnail_Sleep400.jpgThe Windows family of operating systems (OS) have different power-saving modes for users to take advantage of if they find themselves away from their workstation or mobile computing device. Windows 8 features three: Sleep, Hibernate, and Hybrid Sleep.

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