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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

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

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: 

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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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to Do If You Have Been Hacked

Tue Jan 05, 2016 by Norton_Team

We hear a lot in the news these days about companies and prominent individuals and celebrities being hacked. However, did you know that anyone with an online presence can potentially have their accounts or online profiles hacked? Do you know what steps you should take if you have discovered you've been hacked?

Posted in online safety , online security tips and online threats

Golden Rules for Creating a Strong Password

Tue Jan 05, 2016 by Norton_Team

How do you create a strong password? It is vitally important that you secure your online accounts with strong passwords that are difficult for any would be cyber-criminal to guess or 'crack'.

Here is a handy infographic with some 'golden rules' for creating a strong password! Feel free to download (right click, and then 'save image'), or click on the icons above to share on social media.

Posted in online safety , online safety tips and online security

How to Stay Safe When Shopping Online at Christmas

Thu Dec 17, 2015 by Norton_Team

Christmas and the holiday season is almost here, which means that many of us will be shopping online to avoid large crowds and the hustle and bustle on the streets and in the shops. 

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

30 Second Tech Videos by Norton

Wed Dec 16, 2015 by Norton_Team

Introducing #30SecTech - a series of quick, bitesize educational videos on a range of topics including cybercrime, internet security, online privacy and more. Plus, we have a bonus! At the end of every video you will find a link to an article providing more background information on each topic. Enjoy!

Posted in digital trends , online safety and online security

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 Grayware?

Mon Aug 31, 2015 by Norton_Team

We’re not talking ancient Greek pottery here, but one of the most prevalent issues in Internet security today. But what exactly is grayware? Why is it a problem? And how should you deal with it? Read on to discover all you need to know about grayware.

So, what is grayware and what’s the big deal?

As its name might suggest, grayware is a category of software that sits in that ‘gray area’ – a sort of no-man’s land – between outright malware and legitimate conventional software.

Posted in online safety , online security and online threats

8 Steps to Safer Online Shopping

Fri Aug 28, 2015 by Norton_Team

We all love a good bargain, and the internet is a handy tool for comparing products and services and potentially making savings in both time and money. According to the Centre for Retail Research ecommerce is the most rapidly expanding retail market in Europe, and the British are the biggest-spending online shoppers: UK online sales grew by 15.8 per cent last year (2014), from £38.83bn in 2013 to £44.97bn.

However, there are a few pitfalls it pays to consider before starting your online shopping spree. Cybercriminals use a lot of different methods to exploit online payments, aiming to get hold of your personal data and lighten your wallet, or simply make money out of you by persuading you to click links. Follow our top tips for safer online shopping, and you’ll reduce the risks of paying out more than you intend when buying online.

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

What is Spyware?

Tue Aug 25, 2015 by Norton_Team

With a growing amount of harmful and increasingly sophisticated software prowling the Internet, it’s essential to understand what spyware is and the problems it can cause. Spyware may be much more than an irritation as it can pose major privacy and security risks. Below, we’ll explain what spyware aims to do, how it gets into your computer and how you can avoid it.

Spyware is a blanket term given to software that gathers information about your computer and the things you do on it, and sends that information over the Internet to a third party. Sometimes spyware asks for your consent first. More commonly, it installs itself on your computer without you knowing and runs in the background, secretly collecting data, sending you targeted adverts or meddling with your computer set-up.

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

How To Protect Your Child Against Cyberbullying

Wed Aug 05, 2015 by Norton Team

Bullying – it’s an age-old problem. But it’s one that’s found a new lease of life on the Internet. Thanks to our ‘always on’ mobile technology and our enthusiasm for sharing everything without care, cyberbullying has found the perfect home online. Cyberbullies can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet, and reach their target easily at almost any time and from anywhere, while broadcasting to a potentially limitless audience.

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

#BetaParents: Download the Free Ebook

Fri Jul 24, 2015 by Norton Team

As #BetaParents, we are the first generation of parents to raise children in the all-digital world; responsible for keeping them safe online.

Learn more about teaching your children healthy online habits with our free guide. CLICK HERE for the guide.

Posted in family security , online safety , online safety tips , online security , online security tips and parental control software

What You Need To Know About Cookies

Tue Jul 07, 2015 by Norton Team

Of course, we’re talking about web cookies here – not the furry blue Sesame Street Muppet. Web cookies, unlike the treat-loving Cookie Monster, follow your movements on the Internet, collecting and storing information about you. No need to panic though: for the most part, cookies are intended to enhance and customise your browsing experience and are as harmless as the fluffy puppet.

However, because they can collect sensitive personal data, tracking cookies are sometimes considered to be a potential privacy concern. Continue reading to find out all about cookies: what they are, what they do and how you can manage them.

Posted in family security , online safety , online safety tips , online security , online security tips and parental control software

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