Norton UK Blog

What you need to know about the Petya ransomware outbreak

Wed Jun 28, 2017 by Brian Cody

new strain of ransomware has appeared in multiple countries. On June 27, 2017, Petya ransomware emerged and began spreading itself to large organizations across Europe. This ransomware uses what is called the Eternal Blue exploit in Windows computers. It is not impacting individual users at the time of this writing.

Posted in online safety , online security and online security tips

What is an info stealing ad library?

Tue Jun 20, 2017 by Brian Cody

Researchers have recently discovered more than 800 apps on the Google Play store that contain an information-stealing ad library dubbed Xavier. Google has been notified and has already removed a number of the apps containing the malicious ad library from the Google Play Store.

Posted in online safety , online security and online threats

Is your password your best-kept secret?

Fri Jun 16, 2017 by Brian Cody

We all have secrets. Some we are ashamed to share and some we are afraid to share. Where does your password fit in? In practice, it should be a little bit of both. It is common sense to know the dangers and outcomes of sharing your passwords. 

Posted in online safety , online security and online security tips

Can I pick up a computer virus from the cloud?

Tue Jun 06, 2017 by Brian Cody

The noughties has been the age where consumers and businesses finally realised the convenience of cloud storage and computing – and rightly so! Your data and documents are now readily available, easily accessible and taking up virtually no extra personal space. 

Travel tips for staying safe on public Wi-Fi

Tue May 30, 2017 by Brian Cody

Travel used to be about getting away from it all — your phone, mail, work. Now mobile devices and public Wi-Fi keep us connected while we’re away from home. But that doesn’t mean it’s safe to use public Wi-Fi hotspots during your trip. In fact, using unsecured free public Wi-Fi anywhere is extremely dangerous to your information and your identity.

Posted in online safety tips , online security and online threats

"WannaCry" Ransomware: How to stay protected

Tue May 16, 2017 by Brian Cody

Late last week, reports emerged of a variant of ransomware known as “WannaCry” began infecting around 90,000 Windows computers, and was spotted in about 70 countries.

A well-known form of malware, ransomware ruthlessly holds a computers data for ransom via encryption. If the user doesn’t pay the cybercriminal a certain amount of money within a certain frame of time, their data will be lost forever.

Have you backed up your data recently?

Mon May 15, 2017 by Brian Cody

Phones break, tablets get stolen, laptops get taken over by viruses that corrupt files and computers just die a natural death.  No matter how fancy or pricey your equipment is, there are some elements that are bound to overpower it. What have you lost? Data? Money? Memories? Is there a price tag you put on what was lost?

As a part of good cyber habits, make backing up an important part of your digital life. Here are a few top reasons why backing up your devices is one of the most important things one can do to live a safe digital life:

Posted in family security , online safety and online security

Want to safeguard your college life and enjoy the best student experience?

Mon May 15, 2017 by Brian Cody

Student life is one of the defining events in our lives. No matter if studying at home or abroad it’s a time to experience life changing moments navigating new waters filled with hectic college schedules. We form new relationships and make a whole lot of serious decisions both in the real and digital world that will shape our future careers.

Posted in online security , online threats and optimise your device

Is Free Public Wi-Fi as Safe as You Think?

Fri May 12, 2017 by Brian Cody

Everybody has done it. At least once, but probably a lot more. Maybe daily. Maybe even hourly. But just because everybody else is connecting to the Internet via free public Wi-Fi doesn’t mean you should, too.

Students! Get protected with our Norton student discount at Student Beans

Wed Apr 05, 2017 by Brian Cody

College can be one of the best experiences of your life, forging new skills through learning and personal connections while also enjoying a great social life. It is also a time for serious choices that will shape your future and starting with the right online protection is one of them to ensure there are no bumps in your career development.

Posted in online safety , online security and online threats

Social Media: Staying safe at home or abroad

Thu Mar 23, 2017 by Brian Cody

Social media use has become synonymous with travel—people are constantly posting holiday snaps on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and a multitude of other social platforms. As fun as it may be to let the world know the exciting experiences you’re having, it’s still important to consider the safety aspect of using social media no matter if you are home or abroad. Here’s our essential tips for safe social media use: 

Posted in online safety , online safety tips and online security tips

Millennials Vs Baby Boomers. Who is less secure online?

Thu Mar 23, 2017 by Brian Cody

Millennials have grown up with the online world but are they more security conscious than their predecessors - Baby Boomers? Who shares their passwords without a worry and who is more likely to be the victim of cybercrime?

Find out more…

Posted in online safety , online security and online threats

Creepware. Is someone watching you?

Tue Mar 21, 2017 by Brian Cody

The possessed television from Poltergeist may be the stuff of nightmares but creepware can transform your computer into something from a horror film. Imagine if your laptop was watching you, recording your every move and threatening to ruin your reputation. That’s a reality for many victims of creepware. 

What is Crypto-Ransomware?

Fri Mar 10, 2017 by Brian Cody

Nobody likes the thought of their digital life being held hostage for a large ransom...

Posted in how to guides , online safety and online security

How do you keep your information safe when using free Wi-Fi hotspots?

Fri Mar 10, 2017 by Brian Cody

Avoid the dangers of free Wi-Fi by taking some easy steps to keep you secure.

Posted in how to guides , online safety tips and online security tips

7 of the worst wireless security myths

Tue Feb 28, 2017 by Brian Cody

You’re connected to the internet right now—whether it’s wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable. But have you stopped to think about how safe your connection actually is? Is someone somewhere watching you as you read this article? 

Raising our Voices against Cyberbullying

Thu Feb 16, 2017 by Brian Cody

NortonLifeLock Celebrates Safer Internet Day by Uniting for a Better Internet.

Sad. Freak. Crybaby. Loser. 

These words all sound pretty harsh, right? They do not feel very good to read here, but imagine them directed at you personally. In the world of child and teen online activity, these types of words can become all too familiar to the millions of children cyberbullied each year around the world.   

Free vs Paid Internet Security Software: What’s best for your new device?

Thu Feb 02, 2017 by Brian Cody

Having a productive and safe online digital life is important. You need a full-service Internet security suite to protect you from emerging threats online. If you’ve been looking around for products, you’ve probably noticed there are lots of options out there that are completely free and there are some that require a purchase. Taking the free option might seem like the most attractive option, but it’s not. In fact, free Internet security software isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Here’s why:

The beginners guide to internet safety: A glossary

Wed Feb 01, 2017 by Brian Cody

Keeping safe online is a big deal. While we all want to take it seriously, sometimes the vocabulary can be very complicated—especially if you’re not the most tech savvy. What exactly do all those phrases mean?

How to prepare your new device for a digital disaster

Wed Feb 01, 2017 by Brian Cody

When you think of a disaster, you probably imagine tornadoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes—environmental events that can devastate a community or continent. Digital disasters are a bit harder to imagine, and that’s because they’re not apparent among the tangible analog affected by similar disasters.  

Digital disasters are characterized by less visible qualities, all of which disturb, damage, or delete the digitalized data, records, and information stored by an individual, company, or organization

Posted in how to guides , online safety and optimise your device

The most common threats kids face online

Wed Feb 01, 2017 by Brian Cody

Children are among the most active Internet users, and are unfortunately exposed to a number of threats lurking online. If you allow your children to spend considerable time surfing the web, it’s important to know what they face so you may deal with them accordingly. But what are some of the most common online threats to children that you should know about?

How to set-up and secure your new tech

Fri Jan 27, 2017 by Brian Cody

With the festive season now behind us, it’s time to enjoy that internet connected gadget you may have treated yourself to or received as a gift. As exciting as these new devices are, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun of using it without considering how you will be using it in a few months. Now is the right time to make yourself aware of the ways that you’ll need to protect your new device and the information you store on it. Just remember—if it connects to the Internet, it is vulnerable.

From laptops to smart watches, to connecting safely online, here’s our ultimate guide on how to setup and protect your new tech.

How to create a smart home

Fri Jan 27, 2017 by Brian Cody

Internet of Things gadgets aren’t just for toys for techies. They are actually more accessible by cost and ease of use, and people are finding convenience in creating a “smart home” with connected things.

However, convenience does not come without risk. One of the key security concerns with smart homes is ensuring that devices are not vulnerable to hacking and cyber attack. So how do you create a smart home while following cyber safety best practices to keep it secure? 

Posted in digital trends , how to guides and internet of things

The ultimate guide to mobile malware and dodgy apps

Fri Jan 27, 2017 by Brian Cody

Malware is created by hackers and is often distributed over the internet. While many people are considerate of malware as a threat to their desktop computer or laptop, they tend to be more lax when it comes to their tablets and smartphones – which means mobile devices are ripe for the picking when it comes to identity theft, stolen personal information, emptied bank accounts, and viruses meant to break the device in question.

What types of mobile malware exist?

Safer internet day 2017: How do you protect your personal information?

Thu Jan 26, 2017 by Brian Cody

Safer Internet Day is fast approaching and on February 7th online users are being encouraged to unite to make the online world a safer place with this year’s theme being “Be the change, unite for a better internet”.

Have you considered how you can keep your family's personal information safe in the digital world?

What to do when you fall for an email scam

Fri Jan 20, 2017 by Brian Cody

Falling for an email scam is something that unfortunately can happen to anyone. It’s a frightening concept, and one that frequently results in undiluted panic. Also known as a phishing scam, an email scam involves using email and fraudulent websites to steal sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, account data, addresses, and more. 

Scam-ception: when scammers attack again

Fri Jan 13, 2017 by Norton-Team

Picture the scenario: your poor nan has already been scammed once before. She received an email from a long-lost aunt in Honolulu who offered her the chance of an emotional reunion. She clicked the link or wrote back and began a chain of communication that resulted in the loss of a small fortune.

Ransomware – The online threat you need to know about.

Fri Jan 13, 2017 by Norton-Team

There’s a new kind of crime in town and it’s starting to make itself known. You may have heard about it in the news, read about it online or worse still, you could have already been a victim. Its name is Ransomware and you certainly don’t want to be inviting it around to your house for high tea. 

How to stop your phone from pulling a James Bond and spying on you

Fri Dec 30, 2016 by Norton-Team

When you hear about spies you might think of the super slick James Bond and one of his many catchphrases. We’re usually pretty relaxed about installing apps on our phones but did you know that your phone could be hijacked and taken over by a spy?

Shaken not stirred, right?

Posted in how to guides , online safety tips and online threats

Social media: How to protect yourself from threats

Fri Dec 30, 2016 by Norton-Team

Social media usually only appears in the news when it’s at its worst: when predators are poaching potential prey online; when people are threatened by violence; or when hate groups find a place to coordinate. 

Posted in how to guides , online safety and social media

How to avoid Ad Spam

Fri Dec 30, 2016 by Norton-Team

There was a time when Spam was just processed meat in can. Like it or love it was something you put on your dinner plate. Today, however, it’s come to mean something totally different—and its meaning seems to be changing all the time, as spam tactics and cyber threats get more sophisticated. 

Posted in how to guides , online safety and online security

How social engineering is used to install spyware

Fri Dec 30, 2016 by Norton-Team

The notion of someone taking over your computer and watching you through your webcam may sound like something from James Bond but hackers are already using this technology. Spyware is a serious threat and victims are often unaware that they’re being spied on. 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety and online security

How to Let Go of Old Tech Securely and Responsibly

Thu Dec 29, 2016 by Norton-Team

If your planning on treating yourself to a new piece of tech or expecting a little surprise present this season remember not only should you protect your new toy but also prepare your old one for its new home. There are many ways to dispose of old tech, whether it’s donating your old phone to charity or handing down a retired laptop so once you’re ready to shift your digital life to a new device , you’ll need to follow a few steps to ensure your old technology has been properly wiped and recycled.

Posted in how to guides , online security and optimise your device

The internet of things is everywhere: But what is it?

Tue Dec 20, 2016 by Norton-Team

Our world is hyper-connected, with social media, smart tech, wearables, and apps meaning we’re constantly online. But it’s only going to get more advanced as we move further towards to the Internet of Things. 

Posted in digital trends , internet of things and online security

Free Public Wi-Fi. Is my private information really safe?

Tue Dec 20, 2016 by brian_cody

Free Wi-Fi hotspots are a great convenience that allow us to connect to information and people while on the move. Whether it's at the local coffee shop, restaurant or travelling further afield free public Wi-Fi is no longer just something we do when on holidays. 

We use it every day, in ever growing places for pleasure and sometimes when travelling for business but while it makes our lives easier to connect to public networks, it also presents a risk to the personal information on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Wi-Fi hotspots: The secret to being secure this festive season

Thu Dec 15, 2016 by Norton-Team

It’s that time of the year when we catch up with family and friends to celebrate the festive season. It’s a busy time for most and probably more than once you’ll find yourself connecting to free Wi-Fi whether it’s in a café, restaurant or shopping mall. But did you know most public Wi-Fi networks are unsecure and could pose a threat to the security risk to your sensitive data or identity? 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety tips and online security tips

Device Security: Tips for Airport Travelers

Thu Dec 08, 2016 by Norton-Team

As the most popular travel days of the year approach, many holiday travelers are creating mental checklists for navigating busy airports on their journey home — most likely with their trusty mobile devices in hand and laptops in their bags. To save fliers the headache and heartbreak of having their devices compromised en route to Christmas with the family, here’s a handy checklist to keep smartphones, tablets, and laptops safe while spending time in an airport. 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety and online safety tips

Secure your Festive Season with 12 Days of Norton Security Tips

Thu Dec 08, 2016 by Norton-Team

Christmas is a time for re-connecting with friends and loved one’s. Why not make your online moments even more secure this year with our gift to you – Our 12 days of Norton security tips...

Posted in how to guides , mobile safety and online security

Do you have what it takes to become a Wi-Fi Warrior?

Mon Dec 05, 2016 by Norton-Team

Your digital world can be a busy place but have you thought of how you’re connecting every day to your online life? 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety and online security tips

9 Online Habits that Expose you to Dangerous Spyware

Mon Dec 05, 2016 by Norton-Team

Most internet users have encountered spyware at some stage but few people actually know much about it...  

Posted in online safety , online security and online threats

What is Spear Phishing and How does it Operate?

Mon Dec 05, 2016 by Norton-Team

Spear phishing may sound like something Bear Grylls does at the weekends but it’s actually a pretty sneaky form of cyber-attack. Most people will be familiar with phishing – and spear phishing is like its smarter little brother...

Don't Let the Grinch Steal Your Christmas

Mon Dec 05, 2016 by Norton-Team

The festive season is a time of merriment for one and all. That includes scammers, fraudsters, and thieves too who use this time of the year to do their worst.

Posted in online safety , online security and online threats

Your Identity and your devices: You know they're all connected?

Wed Nov 23, 2016 by Norton-Team

You don’t have to be a super nerd to know how to protect yourself from cyber criminals and hackers. They might know more about computers and software than you do however, there are some basic defenses at your disposal to help you stand up against even the most sophisticated online threats. 

Posted in online safety , online security and online security tips

What is Cyberbullying?

Tue Nov 22, 2016 by Norton-Team

Online socialising has revolutionized how we communicate but it has its pro’s and con’s. While it has opened a whole new dimension and convenience to our lifestyles, it unfortunately has some unpleasant effects too...

Posted in family security , online safety tips and social media

What do you do if your device is lost or stolen?

Fri Nov 18, 2016 by Norton-Team

Having a mobile device has become one of life’s essentials and when a loss or theft occurs it can be a sickening feeling, and often one that can be pretty stressful. 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety , online security tips and online threats

We are our own worst enemies when it comes to mobile malware

Thu Nov 17, 2016 by Norton-Team

While many of us safeguard our desktops and laptops from a cavalcade of online threats, we’re much more lax about our phones. We download apps without a second thought or log into our bank accounts on public networks where just about anyone could be watching in.

Posted in mobile safety , online safety , online security tips and online threats

The 5 most frightful viruses terrorizing computer users everywhere

Mon Oct 31, 2016 by Norton-Team

One night of the year ghosts and goblins are free to haunt us. Malware and viruses, however, are free to terrorize us all year long. Here’s our…Five most frightful viruses terrorizing computer users everywhere.

Posted in online safety , online security and online threats

Mobile threats? Europol launches a new awareness campaign

Wed Oct 19, 2016 by Norton-Team

We love being connected in the digital world. Whether it’s our smartphone, tablet or Pc device it is hard to imagine a world without them. From online shopping, to gaming to sharing moments with our connections we use the online world in ways that have not gone unnoticed.

Did you know Smartphones and tablets are an increasingly attractive target for online criminals?

Posted in mobile safety , online security and online threats

Social media scams: How to spot a fake

Tue Oct 18, 2016 by Norton-Team

You’ve probably seen them lurking in your news feeds- breaking news reporting a celebrity’s death, photos of natural disasters striking major cities, video footage of riots and outrage over an accidental shooting- all seemingly legitimate news stories. However, this “news” may not be what it seems.

Public Wi-Fi security? Here's why you should use a VPN

Mon Oct 10, 2016 by Norton-Team

Did you know? 83% of people in the UK fear their information can be stolen when using public Wi-Fi…but only 16% do something to prevent it.*

Surfing the Web or transacting on an unsecured Wi-Fi network means you’re placing your private information and anonymity at risk. That’s why a virtual private network, better known as a VPN, is a must for anyone worried about their online security and privacy. No matter if your connecting to free wifi hotspots for pleasure or while travelling for business keeping your information safe on public networks is important.

Swimming with the phishes: what a phishing scam will do to you

Fri Oct 07, 2016 by Norton-Team

Phishing can sometimes be dismissed as a less serious type of cybercrime but it can have devastating effects on people’s lives. How much damage could a scammer seriously do with some login details or some random personal information, you ask? Well, a lot as it turns out.

Posted in online safety , online security and online threats

Travelling for business? How you can avoid Wi-Fi woes.

Mon Oct 03, 2016 by Norton-Team

While most of us travel the globe vacationing, business travelers work their way around the country and the world 365 days a year. According to the quarterly GBTA Sentiment Business Traveler Index, these working travelers face challenges in staying productive on the go — and mobile connectivity is a large factor in the success of a business trip. Although often overlooked, staying secure on public Wi-Fi should also be an important thought when on business travel.

The Dos and Don’ts of Using Public Wi-Fi

Tue Sep 27, 2016 by Norton-Team

Public Wi-Fi is available just about everywhere, from the local coffee shop to the hotels and airports you visit while traveling. Wi-Fi has made our lives a little easier, but it also poses security risks to the personal information available on our laptops and smartphones. Here is a helpful list of dos and don’ts you should follow if you plan to use public Wi-Fi.

Posted in how to guides , online safety tips and online security

The Ultimate Parents’ Guide to Instagram

Fri Sep 23, 2016 by Norton-Team

Second only to Facebook, Instagram is one of the most popular social media sites on the internet. It’s particularly popular with young people who flood the site with photos of themselves, their friends, and their lunches. 

Have you got a Yahoo account?

Fri Sep 23, 2016 by Norton-Team

If you have a Yahoo account, you need to change your password now. If you reuse that password on any other online accounts, you should change that too.

Posted in online safety , online security and online threats

Got a new PC or mobile device? Here’s how to use it safely online

Fri Sep 16, 2016 by Norton-Team

When you invest in a new PC, mobile or tablet it can be a pretty exciting time. From engaging in online experiences to getting lost in toying with its advanced technical capabilities, a new device opens up a world of possibilities to be ever more connected online. But, with these new experiences, come new challenges to protect your identity and personal data. We’ve put together a handy guide to new device safety to help you get the most from your new tech.

Posted in how to guides , mobile safety and online safety

Travel lifehacks to get the best from your tech

Tue Sep 06, 2016 by Norton-Team

It’s the time of year when schools return for classes and the summer holidays seem a distant memory away. It might be back to the usual routine but if you’re the type of person that likes to grab that last minute getaway travel deal we’re sharing five of our best life hacks with you to make sure you get the most from your tech while away from home. 

4 tourist scams to avoid on holiday

Tue Sep 06, 2016 by Norton-Team

One of the highlights of any holiday is getting away from it all to have a rest and relax. Unfortunately criminals are aware of when we let our guard down and tourists are a key target for them. 

Posted in family security , mobile safety and online threats

The Dangers of Parents and Children Instant Messaging

Tue Sep 06, 2016 by Norton-Team

If today’s children are the first generation to be raised natively using instant messaging, they should remember that it was their parents who were the pioneers in crafting the art of texting and should be respected for their many great single line literary works and burns.

Posted in family security , mobile insights and social media

How to improve your Wi-Fi signal at home

Tue Sep 06, 2016 by Norton-Team

Every day more of the country gets better, faster wi-fi coverage.  But that doesn’t stop your signal at home dropping off or grinding to a halt every now and then.  Here are the latest tips from our top experts on how to get the most from your home service.

Posted in gaming and entertainment , how to guides and internet of things

Social Media Safety: The Ultimate Guide

Mon Sep 05, 2016 by Norton-Team

With 1.5 billion users on Facebook, 1000 million on WhatsApp, 400 million on Instagram and 320 million on Twitter…and growing, it’s fair to say that social networking has been globally embraced. As social media becomes chocked with our daily lives and personal information, it’s important to think about social safety for you and those you care for.

Mobile Security: Why you should take it seriously

Wed Aug 31, 2016 by Norton-Team

For all intents and purposes your smartphone is a convenient amalgam of computer, diary, bank account and television. You eat with it, email with it, play with it, and on the odd occasion, even make phone calls with it. It’s your favourite recipe book, your cherished photo album, your financial vault, and you should be treating it with the utmost care and attention.

Posted in mobile insights , mobile safety and online security

Social media - The complete survival guide to staying safe

Mon Aug 29, 2016 by Norton-Team

Social media can be a wonderful place to stay connected with family, friends and to view the world going by. But, did you know every year millions of people fall victim to social media scams? 

Posted in online safety , online security tips and social media

What Is a VPN? And why you should use one on Public Wi-Fi.

Fri Aug 26, 2016 by Norton-Team

Have you ever wondered if it’s safe to use public Wi-Fi? It’s a question we should all ask ourselves as we more and more utilize free Wi-Fi connections. 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety and online security

The Comprehensive Guide to Keeping your Kids Safe Online

Thu Aug 25, 2016 by Norton-Team

For many parents, attempting to keep their children safe online is a daily task. From smartphones to tablets, messaging apps to 24/7 audio visual experiences, growing up in today’s world is a lot different than how we might have experienced it.  But, how can you protect your children from a threat landscape and a platform that has become ingrained in their upbringing?  

Back to school scams you might not of heard about

Mon Aug 22, 2016 by Norton-Team

A lot of money changes hands in the build up to the new school year.  Because it’s a big time for businesses and every parent and student has an eye on bargains, it’s also a key time for scammers and criminals to try to find a way into your wallet.  Here’s our advice to avoiding their latest tactics.

Posted in digital trends , family security and online safety

Essential Back to School life-hacks to save you some time

Mon Aug 22, 2016 by Norton-team

We’re all wishing it was still too soon to be talking about back to school, but the reality is the new school year is creeping closer day by day.  Our experts have put together these tech tips to help you start the new term ahead of the curve.

Posted in digital trends , family security and how to guides

90's Back to School Digital trends

Mon Aug 22, 2016 by Norton-Team

The new school year in the 90’s meant packing an oversized bag full of folders and textbooks, gadgets and other junk.  It’s remarkable how much things have changed since then, here’s our recap of five trends that were a cornerstone of our school lives and how they’ve totally changed.

Posted in blog , digital trends , family security and mobile insights

7 internet scams you need to be aware of

Thu Aug 18, 2016 by Norton-Team

The internet is a wonderful resource that’s full of information, entertainment and funny cat pictures but it can also be a dark place if you stray off the path or run into digital criminals. Unfortunately, anywhere that attracts lots of people will inevitably attract criminals who see these users as potential victims. 

Posted in family security , online safety tips and online security

How a VPN can help hide your search history?

Thu Aug 18, 2016 by Norton-Team

We all use search engines on a daily basis. It’s become routine in many of our lives. If we don’t know what something is, or hear a word that we can’t define, we go online and type the term into our favorite search engine. And voila, we have our answer in seconds. 

Posted in online safety , online security and online security tips

Why people are more likely to see online bullying than offline.

Fri Aug 12, 2016 by Norton-Team

Cyberbullying is a subject that’s captured plenty of headlines though it’s just a modern version of an old problem. Sadly, bullying has been part of the human existence for longer than anyone can remember. So it’s hardly a surprise that this behaviour has taken on a new lease of life on different social media platforms. 

Posted in family security , mobile safety and social media

What are the Risks of Public Wi-Fi?

Fri Aug 12, 2016 by Norton-Team

Picture this. It’s Saturday morning and you’re hanging out at your local coffee shop using the free Wi-Fi to catch up on a few tasks you couldn’t quite get to during your busy week. Sound familiar? This is a typical scenario for many of us, but did you know you might be unaware of some threats lurking in the background on public Wi-Fi while you balance your bank account and sip a latte?

Posted in online security and online threats

Hijacked Instagram accounts flooded with pornography

Thu Aug 11, 2016 by Norton-Team

Hijacked Instagram Accounts

Instagram accounts are being hacked and used to lure other users to adult “dating” websites, while earning money for the scammers. Read how to protect yourself.

Posted in online safety tips , online security , online threats and social media

Holiday Hot-spots for Tech-heads.

Tue Aug 09, 2016 by Norton-Team

Are you a gadget freak? A bit of a tech head? If you’re the sort of person who just can’t help feeding your nerdiness even while on holidays, here’s our lowdown on some of the best getaway spots for tech-heads.

Posted in digital trends , gaming and entertainment and internet of things

Pokemon Go – A Parent’s guide for Children

Fri Jul 29, 2016 by Norton-Team

Unless you've been on holiday in Timbuktu, you'll have heard about this new phenomenon sweeping the globe. For gamers and smartphone lovers this new game has presented some exciting interactive play but how can you keep your young players safe both online and off?

Posted in digital trends , family security and mobile safety

What type of Cyber-parent are you?

Tue Jul 19, 2016 by Norton-Team

Parenting is a fast paced life. One minute it’s caring for the family nest to juggling the dawn scramble for p.e. kit , packing lunchboxes and dealing with tantrums at all hours of the day. We take on a multitude of professions offline over the course of our children’s lives - Taxi driver, chef even IT specialist, that some might think a parent has superhuman powers. 

Posted in family security , online safety and parental control software

7 ways to keep your devices safe while travelling

Fri Jul 08, 2016 by Norton-Team

It’s almost that time of the year again. You’ve worked hard and now it’s time to relax and enjoy a well-earned holiday. But, before you get to lay by the pool there’s a couple of things to think about so as your information stays safe, no matter if you’re travelling home or abroad. 

Posted in how to guides , mobile insights and mobile safety

How do you know if it's a scam website? Here's 9 ways to check...

Mon Jun 20, 2016 by brian cody

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of grabbing a great bargain online but have you ever stopped to think whether that ridiculously unbelievable knock-down price is really saving you money in the long run? 

Posted in how to guides , mobile safety and online safety tips

6 ways to keep your devices protected this summer

Wed Jun 15, 2016 by Norton_Team

After working hard all year, taking a holiday is one of those moments you get to relax. We pack our lives into a suitcase, looking forward to that worry free time.

And more often than not we’re accompanied by at least one of our devices on our travels. Understanding how best to protect your devices from all kinds of threats is pretty important but did you know there are some extra precautions you can take when you’re travelling with a smartphone, tablet or laptop?

Posted in mobile safety , online safety tips and online threats

How do you avoid a Euro 2016 ticket scam?

Fri Jun 10, 2016 by brian cody

Two English strikers. Two top scorers in this season’s Premier League. A mobile back four and a proven goalkeeper. A twenty year old whiz kid at the base of midfield and a record breaking goal scorer at the helm, there have been rumblings, that this could be England’s year.

And with Euro 2016 fast approaching, many residents are scrambling for tickets to see their team do battle in France.

Posted in online safety , online security and online security tips

What Is Smishing?

Sat Jun 04, 2016 by brian cody

Phishing is when someone tries to get you to give them your private login information. That could be in the form of an instant message that asks, a phony online form made to look legitimate or, increasingly, a text or SMS message.

In the latter form this is known as “smishing.” Smishing is an emerging and growing threat in the world of online security. Read on to learn what smishing is and how you can protect yourself against it.

Posted in blog , online safety , online security and online security tips

5 Apps for the Perfect Picnic

Fri Jun 03, 2016 by brian cody

An inkling of sunshine on any given afternoon and the UK population takes to the streets, doesn’t really matter whether it’s cold or not, anything more than an hour of sustained sun and the barbecues are blazing like the beacons of Gondor. Here’s five apps that should help in your struggle to organise that most fabled of events… a successful picnic.

Posted in gaming and entertainment , mobile insights and social media

Parents: Is Your Child's Data Protected While Using Social Media?

Wed Jun 01, 2016 by brian cody

In today’s world, parents have to worry about much more than protecting their children from harm in public settings.

Posted in family security , online safety tips and social media

Online Gaming – Protect your Investment

Wed Jun 01, 2016 by brian cody

Of the 7.4 Billion people that inhabit this planet, data compiled by Statista indicates that close to 2 Billion of us indulge in video games; there are now more gamers than the collective population of China and the U.S.

Posted in gaming and entertainment , online safety and online security

Online Gambling – Worth a flutter?

Wed May 11, 2016 by brian cody

Gambling is not a new phenomenon, in fact archaeological evidence indicates that it existed in rudimentary forms as far back as 40,000 BC when our ancestors threw dice made of bone; around 30,000 years later the Chinese developed a wagering game involving tiles, then came the Persian game of As-Nas in the 17th century, the advent of saloons in 19th century America, and the introduction of the modern casino as we know it, of which there are now some 3500 in existence.

Posted in gaming and entertainment , online security and online threats

Biometrics – A Hacker’s Delight

Wed May 11, 2016 by brian cody

With the recent news that some of the UK’s major banking companies will be offering their customers the chance to use fingerprint or voice authentication to access their bank accounts biometrics are very much in the spotlight. So, what exactly are biometrics and how could they possibly be as secure as they seem?

Posted in digital trends , online safety and online threats

What Is Clickjacking?

Wed May 11, 2016 by brian cody

You’ve heard of carjacking, and may recall Nicolas Cage’s performance in Con Air—an action-packed thriller about dangerous prisoners hijacking a plane. Now it’s time to familiarize yourself with Clickjacking, an Internet scam that’s out to steal your clicks.

Posted in online safety , online security and online threats

Is Online Dating for you? The risks and benefits of searching for love online.

Thu May 05, 2016 by Norton_Team

According to recent UK Online Dating Statistics, 1 in 5 relationships in Great Britain now start online and with a study published by a leading matchmaking website suggesting that by 2031 that figure could well be 1 in 2 it is apparent that most of the stigma surrounding online dating has dissipated.

Posted in blog , digital trends and online safety

How to Use the Internet to Write an Assignment

Tue Apr 12, 2016 by Norton_Team

Back in the dark old days before the internet, students were forced to risk paper cuts and strained eyes in order to research an assignment using actual books.

Writing an assignment in these times of digital enlightenment can still be a nuisance for the devoted (and not-so-devoted) student but the internet has made the process much easier than it used to be. 

How to Choose a New Computer on a Budget

Wed Apr 06, 2016 by Norton_Team

Whether you’re in the market for a new laptop because you dropped yours on the floor or you fancy an upgrade of your specs for college or work, buying a new computer comes with a whole heap of jargon and plenty of sales speak. Do you really need a dedicated graphics card? And what do all those letters and numbers even mean

Posted in digital trends , gaming and entertainment and how to guides

Myth or Magic: The Future of Tech

Thu Mar 31, 2016 by Norton_Team

The tech and science world is a very interesting place. Between sending brave explorers to Mars, the constant evolution of robot tech, and Elon Musk’s supersonic train, our world is shaping up to take on the veneer of a sci-fi film.

Posted in digital trends and internet of things

Cyber Crime and Family Safety – Top Tips

Wed Mar 16, 2016 by Norton_Team

Cybercrime may sound like something that only happens to big corporations or super-secret government agencies, but it happens all the time to regular people and their families.

Cybercriminals use the internet to attack you (or other people) for their financial gain. It can be difficult to guarantee that your family is protected but there are some simple things you can do to keep them as safe as possible. 

Posted in family security , online safety tips and online threats

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Adware

Wed Mar 09, 2016 by Norton_Team

There’s an old saying that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist. Most internet users have encountered Adware at some stage but few people actually know much about it. Like the devil in question, Adware doesn’t seem to exist either.

Except Adware is a very real threat.

Posted in online security , online security tips and online threats

Norton Spring Offer

Mon Feb 29, 2016 by Norton_Team

This Spring, you can purchase Norton Security at a discounted rate for a limited time only. Until end of March you can get 40% OFF Norton Security Deluxe. 

Mobile Apps and IoT Devices are an Overlooked Security Risk by Consumers – and That’s a Problem

Mon Feb 29, 2016 by Norton_Team

By Kevin Haley, Director, Security Response, Norton by Symantec

Today, Norton released findings from a survey of more than 5,000 consumers from the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Japan about their fears of and forays into the connected world. The survey makes it clear that there are two types of people: those who understand smartphones and IoT devices come with risks, and those who do not.  

Posted in digital trends , internet of things and online threats

Hey Siri: The Pros and Cons of Voice Commands

Fri Feb 26, 2016 by Norton_Team

Smartphones are growing increasingly smart and Siri is the perfect example of that. A voice command app, Siri is renowned for her sassy comebacks and funny comments—as well as for making life easier for people who are too lazy or busy to type. With a couple of phrases, you can transform Siri into a personal assistant extraordinaire, but should you use her for everything? 

Posted in digital trends , internet of things and online threats

6 Great Podcasts About Online Security

Thu Feb 25, 2016 by Norton_Team

Reading detailed reports about online security may sound like a useful cure for insomnia. Instead, you can abandon the reports and use podcasts to keep updated with online security and the threats that are out there. 

Posted in digital trends , online security and online security tips

Norton Security Receives the AV-TEST Award for Best Protection!

Wed Feb 24, 2016 by Norton_Team

It’s official! Norton Security has won ‘Best Protection’ for home users in the 2015 AV-TEST Awards for its “high security performance protection without exception in all the certification tests”*.  

Posted in online safety and online security

The 8 Most Famous Computer Viruses of All Time

Mon Feb 22, 2016 by Norton_Team

If you’ve never had a virus you might be tempted to write it all off as a load of people panicking over nothing. How much damage can a virus really cause? Do hackers really steal data and identities and wreck computers? 

Posted in digital trends , online security and online threats

Email Scams - 5 Ways to Avoid Being Tricked

Wed Feb 17, 2016 by Norton_Team

Emails scams are often more subtle than you’d expect; they generally won’t set off any flashing lights or alarm bells like when someone is trying to steal a car. But just like with other forms of break-ins or robberies, there are signs to watch out for.

Posted in digital trends , online security tips and online threats

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