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How to Know if Your Computer Has a Virus

Tue Oct 27, 2015 by Norton_Team

There are few things as depressing as discovering that your computer has a virus and that you haven’t backed up all your treasured files and photos. All it takes is one wrong click or bad download.

Most people are willing to try everything up to and including an exorcism to get their machine back online. But are there ways to tell that your computer has been infected before it eats all your files? There are, as it so happens, and here’s what you can do about it. 

Pop-up hell

What to look out for: If you start your computer and find yourself faced with a barrage of pop-up ads, it’s safe to assume that you have a problem. Or multiple problems all popping up at once.  

Posted in online security , online security tips and online threats

Worried About Dridex Online Banking Malware? See How Norton Protects You

Wed Oct 14, 2015 by Norton_Team

A key figure behind an online banking scam which has seen tens of millions of pounds drained from online bank accounts has been recently arrested after collaboration between the FBI and National Crime Agency with support from authorities across Europe.

“Dridex” is the name of a particularly virulent strain of malware used to steal information such as usernames and passwords from Windows PCs, with the intention of breaking into bank accounts and siphoning off cash. Norton/Symantec has been following Dridex for some time and those already using the latest versions of Symantec or Norton security solutions are protected against the threat. 

Posted in online security , online security tips and online threats

Is Google’s Project Loon the Future of Internet Connectivity or a Load of Hot Air?

Mon Oct 12, 2015 by Norton_Team

If there’s one thing we know about Google it’s that they have no creative limits. Much like the dreams of the old man in the Pixar animation, Up, Google is reaching for the skies.

The internet is something most of us take for granted. It’s become such an ingrained part of our lives that if we were to suddenly lose it, all hell would break loose. We’re on our phones or computers all day long, and almost constantly connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data.

But believe it or not, more than 60% of the world’s population remains offline. 31% of people in the developing world use the internet, compared to 77% in developed countries.

Posted in digital trends and internet of things

Is Facebook Turning Us Into a Nation Addicted to the Past?

Mon Oct 12, 2015 by Norton_Team

Following the release of her album, 1989, singer Taylor Swift trademarked the phrase "Party like it's 1989" for exclusive use on her tour merchandise. For Taylor, 1989 probably called to mind neon lighting and a thrilling, rebellious cultural landscape.

1989 was a decade of perms and turquoise eye shadow, all captured on faded Polaroids. 1999 wasn’t much better with its baggy trousers and strappy crop-tops, photos tucked away on floppy drives and slow computers. Flash-forward again and we reached 2009 and the cult of Facebook.

Though fashions changed, one thing stayed the same: we’re still obsessed with sharing and remembering our lives. We’ve just moved it all online.

Posted in digital trends and social media

How to Become a More Tech-Savvy Parent

Thu Oct 08, 2015 by Norton_Team

Everywhere we go, we carry tiny computers in our pockets. We can answer any question within seconds using Google or we can live stream movies or hours of footage of the Kardashians from pretty much anywhere. There’s even Wi-Fi on Mount Everest.

Technology is everywhere and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. iPads are standard practice for kids, and books—like analogue clocks—are a thing of the past. Many of our kids know how to navigate the web before they’ve figured out how to make their beds.

Posted in family security , how to guides and online safety

What is Malware?

Thu Oct 08, 2015 by Norton_Team

What is malware? You’ve probably heard the word ‘virus’ being thrown around online, or even by your parents when wondering “Why won’t this godforsaken contraption work properly?” We know viruses are bad, but what exactly are they and how can you protect yourself from them? In this article we will learn about viruses and other forms of malware.

First, a virus is a software program designed to make its way onto your computer with the intention of getting up to no good. Viruses aren’t the only danger to your computer though, just the most commonly known form. 

Viruses are a type of malware, or ‘malicious software’. There are many forms of malware out there in the digital world, all designed to cause some sort of havoc. 

Posted in mobile safety , online security and online security tips

5 Tips to Super-Charge How You Use Windows 8

Thu Oct 08, 2015 by Norton_Team

Why is Windows 10 afraid of Windows 7? Because 7 ate 9.

That was a pretty terrible joke, but as most of us know, Windows 10 arrived without any mention of a Windows 9. While plenty of people have switched over to 10, lots of us are still using 8 while we wait until 10 is bug-free—so you’ll be happy to hear that there’s still plenty you can do with 8 in the mean-time.

1. Get your beloved Start menu back.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of Windows 8 must be in want of a Start menu. Literary quotes aside, it really is universal: the one big complaint about Windows 8 was the missing Start menu. While 8.1 took steps to rectify that, some users still weren’t happy with the change.

Get your start menu back with Menu Reviver 2. A touch-screen friendly option, Menu Reviver brings your beloved menu back with plenty of customisable options and a nice-looking interface.

Posted in optimise your device

13 Ways to Break Up with Your Phone (and spend less time procrastinating)

Tue Oct 06, 2015 by Norton_Team

A study by the University of Derby found that 13% of people are addicted to their smartphones. You might be one of them.

Have you ever felt your phone buzzing in your pocket to phantom notifications? Ever missed a special moment because you were too busy waiting to Instagram it? You may even have had whole texted conversations with your other half from across the living room.

Admit it: your phone is the most important thing in your life.

And why is that?

Posted in digital trends and mobile insights

Divorce: How Do You Divvy Up Digital Assets?

Thu Oct 01, 2015 by Norton_Team

Sharing is caring, or so the saying goes. As couples we must care a lot, because we’re sharing everything from passwords (big no-no!) and email accounts to financial data and social media profiles. But unfortunately, this tendency to share our digital space can make for a messy separation and divorce if relationships go belly-up.

And they do – according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 42 per cent of marriages end in divorce. And that figure doesn’t take into account cohabiting couples and those in civil partnerships who go their separate ways.

Posted in digital trends and how to guides

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