A 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.
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.
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:
Avoid the dangers of free Wi-Fi by taking some easy steps to keep you secure.
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.
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?
Your digital world can be a busy place but have you thought of how you’re connecting every day to your online life?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you read any of the many horror stories about online safety you’ll want to wrap your kids up in cotton wool and ban them from the internet until they’re 35.
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?
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and a time when many receive new gadgets like laptops, smartphones, tablets and more.
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.
Your bank account has just been cleared out. It started simply.
You opened your email inbox and an email caught your eye. Your PayPal account needed to be verified, so you opened the email and clicked the link.
And just like that, you’ve been phished.
While the email might have looked like it was from a real person or company, you’ve fallen for a clever scammer’s trick. To help stop you from being phished, we’ve taken a look at 11 ways you can tell if an email is trying to steal your personal information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A computer virus is part of a type of software called malware. Viruses embed copies of themselves in host programs, and use these to spread from one computer to another.
Viruses aim to interfere with your computer’s system and ‘go viral’ – spreading to other computers. Depending on their severity, they may cause annoyance, disrupt operations, access your email and use it to get on to other computers, delete or corrupt files or software, steal information and even erase your hard drive. If your computer starts to behave oddly – freezing, crashing, running slowly or taking longer than usual to respond – you may have a virus.
So you’re the proud owner of a Mac. Congratulations.
Chances are you think its operating system, OS X, completely guards against viruses and other malware and that you don’t need Internet security software. But is this really the case? Read on to find out why it’s a good idea to bolster your Mac’s own protection with a comprehensive security solution.
But I thought Macs were safe…
A Mac running OS X is indeed more secure than a PC running Windows, but that doesn’t mean Macs are completely immune to threats. The Mac’s sandboxed operating system makes it harder to crack, but it’s not unhackable and remains vulnerable to risky user behaviour.
We’re only human and have a natural tendency to trust others – particularly those in positions of authority. This is true of our behaviour on the Internet as well as in real life. Unfortunately, this quality makes us vulnerable to the tricks of creative cybercriminals. Scareware is a common method such crooks use to defraud us – taking advantage of our trust, our lack of technical understanding and our need to feel safe.
And it can be very persuasive. Just recently, the fake AntiVirus for Android™ app was downloaded from the Google Play Store more than a million times before being discovered and removed.
The best way to protect ourselves and our families from these scams is to be aware of them and know how to deal with them.
Want to know how to spot scareware and avoid becoming a victim? Then read on.
Webcams are great fun. They allow us to talk face to face and in real time with family and friends who live a long way away, hold work meetings with colleagues around the globe, and make videos to post online. Plus you can see each other’s facial expressions and other non-verbal body language cues, making for a much better communication experience than a text chat or ordinary phone call. They’re also widely accessible, as they’re cheap, small and simple to use and are usually pre-installed on laptops.
What’s risky about webcams?
Webcams may feel private – but they’re not. If the person you’re talking to via webcam records you, they can share the video (or any stills they take) with other people, post the content online, share it on Facebook, or email it to someone.
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.
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.
As #BetaParents, we are the first generation of parents to raise children in the all-digital world; responsible for keeping them safe online.
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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.
Do you know who your son is gunning away with in Call of Duty? What information are your kids giving away about themselves? And what can you, as a parent, do about it?
Read on for 10 top tips you can follow to help keep your child safe online.