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Ransomware- 5 Do's And Don'ts

Guest Post By Kevin Haley, director, Symantec Security Response I despise all forms of bullying. Perhaps the one I hate most of all is where the bully takes a personal item, snatching it from you, and refuses to give it back. It’s dangled right in front of you, but held just out of reach. You’ll only get it back after doing whatever the bully wants. Ransomware is an on-line form of the bully’s game of keep-away. Here, the bully gets on your computer and takes your personal files -words documents, photos, financial information, all the things you care about. Those files are still on your ...
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Tips for Migrating to Windows 10

Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8.1 customers starting July 29th. Following are some tips to help you prepare. 1. Reserve your copy of Windows 10, if you haven’t already. Click the Windows 10 App icon in the system tray of your current device. If you don’t have the Windows 10 App icon, run a Windows update. This should correct the problem on most Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. 2. Check your system compatibility. Windows should notify you of any compatibility problems with your system or software prior to upgrading. However, you can manually check hardware spec...
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How To Recognize and Avoid Tech Support Scams

A tech support scam is a form of Internet fraud that is currently gaining momentum on the Internet. The scam implements social engineering and fear tactics in order to get the victim to take the bait.  There are three main ways this scam is executed- via cold calls, pop-up messages on the computer and incorrect search engine results.

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8 Cyber Security Tips for Business Travelers

Whether you’re a regular business traveler, or a high-tech adventurer seeker, traveling—particularly abroad—poses unique cyber security threats. Business travelers are especially vulnerable because they often carry sensitive data, both personal and business related, on a variety of devices including smartphone, laptops, and tablet. Don’t cancel your travel plans just yet. Here are eight cyber security tips for business travelers that are also great tips for anyone planning a holiday abroad: 1. Lock Devices Down Most smartphones, laptops, and tablets come equipped with security settin...
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What Are Cookies?

Mention “cookies,” and most people expect a treat to appear. When talking about computers, however, cookies aren’t what’s on the dessert menu. In fact, they’re not even physical objects. Yet they do a great deal of the work that makes it possible for you to browse the Internet—and they can cause trouble if you don’t know how to manage them. Meet the Cookie A computer “cookie” is more formally known as an HTTP cookie, a web cookie, an Internet cookie, or a browser cookie. The name is a shorter version of “magic cookie,” which is a term for a packet of data that a computer receives, then s...
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Protecting Android Devices and Why They’re so Vulnerable

The security argument between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android system for smartphones is heating up yet again. In a recent study conducted by Daniel R. Thomas, Alastair R. Beresford, and Andrew Rice at the University of Cambridge, research concluded that 90 percent of Android devices are exposed to at least one critical vulnerability.  The threat model was constructed using three common attack vectors: installation attack (malicious codes installed through app download); dynamic code loading (an existing app downloads new malicious codes); and injection (an attacker injects malicious code...
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What To Do When You Fall For An Email Scam

Falling for an email scam is something that 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. Fraudulent emails are crafted to appear legitimate, such as messages from your bank or another trusted source. They request personal information, which criminals then use for identity theft. So what should you do if you find yourself a victim of an e...
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What is a Botnet?

The Internet is filled with threats to online security. Many of these threats are just productive, positive technologies turned to evil use. The botnet is an example of using good technologies for bad intentions. A botnet is nothing more than a string of connected computers coordinated together to perform a task. That can be maintaining a chatroom, or it can be taking control of your computer. Botnets are just one of the many perils out there on the Internet. Here’s how they work and how you can protect yourself. Botnets are the workhorses of the Int...
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Software Terms of Service and Privacy Policies Explained

If you’re like most people, you don’t read the Terms of Service when you get a new app or buy a new device. That’s a big mistake, because a lot of apps on the market that are less-than-ideal, known as “grayware,” count on you allowing them access to your information. They know most people don’t read the Terms of Service, so their Terms of Service include language authorizing a massive invasion of your privacy. At the same time, you might have noticed that most Terms of Service is just boilerplate. How do you read the Terms of Service and find out what you need to know about privacy without...
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The 2016 Online Dating Guide

While Valentine’s Day is for lovers, we bet you didn’t know that there is a holiday for the single folks as well! Singles Awareness Day was created as an alternative to Valentine’s Day, and whether you’re celebrating or commiserating your single status, we’re pretty sure that many of you have crossed paths with an online dating site at some point. Nowadays, online dating is as normal to life as is online shopping. Believe it or not, online dating has been around for 20 years, and as a result, cybercriminals are finding big money in people looking for love. 70% of compromised users are wome...
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Norton App Lock: Protect Your Sensitive Apps

There are currently over 4 million apps available across various mobile platforms. It's virtually impossible to keep track of each and every app on all of your devices, whether it is a shared device, such as a tablet or smartphone, or just to keep prying eyes away from the device. In our busy lives, sometimes we don't give much thought when a close friend asks to look at something on our phone, or your rambunctious child snatches up your tablet to get their Angry Birds fix. But the things we have on our devices contain much more information about ourselves than we realize. Norton App Lo...
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National Clean Out Your Computer day-The Importance of Clean Computing

February 8th is National Clean out Your Computer day, and as they say, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”  For centuries, this saying applied to tasks like scrubbing the floors and dusting the bookcases. Today, however, it applies to your computer just as much as it does to your house. When you “clean” your computer, you don’t just dust off the keyboard and wipe fingerprints from the screen. You also pay attention to the state of the hard drive, updating software and removing old programs. Why Clean? Cleaning both your computer’s hardware and its software matters.  Clean hardware help...
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Data Breaches Aren't Going Away- What You Need To Know

It may seem like stories of massive data breaches are popping up in the news on a weekly basis these days. Unfortunately, this is not surprising. As technology progresses, all of our information moves to the digital world, and, as a result, cyber attacks are becoming the new wave of crime. Corporations and even small businesses are extremely attractive targets to cybercriminals, simply due to the large payday of data that can be nabbed in one fell swoop. What is a data breach and how and why do they happen? The main reason that cybercriminals are stealing personal information is for us...
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Three Easy Steps to Protect Your Android

You could call mobile devices the new frontier for malware. Malware often appears on mobile devices in the form of an app. These apps sometimes include malicious code that makes the app do things it’s not supposed to do – such as broadcast your location information while you’re searching local maps. Of all the mobile providers and systems, Android appears to be the most vulnerable to invasion by malware because of the openness of its platform. The flexibility that makes for so many awesome apps has the slight downside of leaving open some security vulnerabilities. But fear not! You can pr...
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Biometrics How Do They Work? Are They Safe?

Biometrics are part of the cutting edge of technology. Put simply, biometrics are any metrics related to human features. Fingerprinting is a very early and simple version of biometrics, like when you login to your phone using your fingerprint. As with any emerging technology, the first question you should ask is if they are safe. How Do Biometrics Work? If you’ve ever put your fingerprint into an device, you have a vague idea of how biometrics work. Basically, you record your biometric information, in this case a fingerprint. The information is then stored, to be accessed later for compa...
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What Personal Information Should You Safeguard?

Some 10 million identity thefts happen in the United States every year. Taking extra steps to protect your personal information—and knowing what information you need to safeguard—is the best way to prevent identity theft from happening to you. Let’s review this information to help you protect yourself as much as possible: Low Sensitivity Among the information considered “low risk” in regard to personal information sensitivity is your full name, address, and phone number. Medium Sensitivity Information regarded as “medium” in terms of sensitivity includes your date of birth, place of bi...
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How to Protect Your New Tech

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, and a time when many receive new gadgets. If you’re the type that regularly receives smartwatches, wearable tech, and other gadgets as gifts, understanding how best to protect them is very important.

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What Is a DDoS Attack? - #30SecTech by Norton

A distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack is one of the most powerful weapons on the Internet. Most times that you hear about a website being “brought down by hackers” what that means is that it’s become a victim of a DDoS. A distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack is one of the most powerful weapons on the Internet. Most times that you hear about a website being “brought down by hackers” what that means is that it’s become a victim of a DDoS. 

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Middle School Kit: A Broader World of Cybersecurity Protection

A guide for parents and children. It can be a full-time job for any parent to be constantly aware of everything that their children are doing online. Kids these days may seem pretty sharp with technology and the Internet, however, we forget that they’re still learning (and so are we) and may not always be prepared to spot the risks and pitfalls of being constantly connected. In this two-part article, we’ve put together some tips for you as a parent to ensure that your children are safe on the Internet, and some basic cyber security tips that you can share with your children. The best wa...
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7 Dos and Don’ts of Secure Online Tax Filing

Online fraud is one of fastest growing crimes of our time. The ability to be anonymous, and the fact that it can be performed anywhere in the world makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to curb it. As online fraud continues to grow, an unfortunate number of American citizens might face this scenario: It’s tax season, and you are getting your paperwork together in order to file your taxes. During the process you receive an email from the IRS stating “Congratulations on filing your tax return.” This is a normal email you would expect after you file taxes, however, ...
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Data Privacy Day 2016: Ten Ways to Keep Your Data Private

The Internet has blurred the lines between real world and the virtual one. Technology is barreling into our hands through smartphones at an unbelievable pace. While this is good for productivity and progress, it makes it easy for thieves to do their job. The anonymity and location independence that comes with the Internet muddles the moral character of even the most ethical person. One can’t assume your phone and the information it stores is safe from the malicious intentions of the human mind. Data Privacy Day (DPD), is an international effort held annually on January 28 in order to hel...
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PC or Mac: Which Is More Resistant to Cyber Threats?

Cyber criminals are not run-of-the-mill street hooligans. Assailants of online crimes are educated, tech-savvy, sophisticated individuals who don’t care if you prefer PC to Mac or vice versa. There has been considerable debate in the tech arena regarding the security of one machine over the other. Are PCs more prone to cyber attacks? Is a Macbook really less vulnerable to online threats? The debate wages on. For a long time Mac users enjoyed a period of peace—they felt impervious to threats, only to realize years later that the sophisticated hacker would eventually evolve to this platform...
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Your Identity Is Connected to All of Your Devices. Here's How to Protect It.

You don’t have to be a super geek to protect yourself from cyber criminals and hackers. Sure they might know more about computers and software than you do. However, there are basic defenses available to help you stand up against even the most sophisticated online threats. Today, most of us have multiple devices to access the Internet. All of these devices create a latticework of information that links to you personally. If one device is unprotected, it could be compromised in a way that affects all the others. That’s because most of us use different devices to access many of the same pers...
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The 5 Stages of Phone Loss Grief

It’s happened to most of us. That urge to look at your phone has become a part of everyday life. Maybe you are expecting a phone call, or perhaps you want to know how many ‘likes’ that picture of your cat has earned. Maybe it’s just that fix your life needs at that moment that only a smartphone can give you. You rummage through your pocket to find it with no luck. Perhaps it’s in the other one. Nope. You try your bag. Nope, again. You break into a sweat. After what seems like an eternity, you come to the crushing realization that you have lost one of the most valuable material possessions...
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Technology Usage and the Physical Effects on Your Body

Sure, there are plenty of amazing positives to technology but, as with most things, a fair share of negatives exists as well. One of the negatives technology presents is the physical effect on the body, including a condition known as “text neck.” Extra strain on the muscles from sitting and reading various devices for long periods of time makes tissue sore and inflamed, and can potentially pull your spine out of alignment. Health experts call this damaging posture “forward head posture.” “Neck muscles, in their proper position, are designed to support the weight of your head, about 10 to ...
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Telltale Signs an App Is Violating Your Privacy

Malware isn’t just for laptops and desktops. In fact, it can be a lot easier for malware to end up on your mobile phone or tablet than your computer. When it comes to mobile malware, a little bit of paranoia goes a long way. Malicious apps can steal your personal information, including sensitive financial information that can then be used to steal your identity. A lot of malware ends up on your phone due to malicious apps. So what are signs that you might already have a malicious app on your phone? Slow Internet Connections A slow Internet connection doesn’t always mean malware, but it...
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6 Tips To Maintain Your Privacy While Searching For Jobs Online

Looking for employment today is dramatically different from how it was just two decades ago. It’s rare to just walk into a business, fill out an application, and get hired within the same day; today’s job hunt often begins and ends online.

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Parents Best Practices to Social Media Security

With connected kids today, it can be a full-time job for parents to be able to monitor their online activities. We’ve put together some helpful tips and guidelines so that you and your whole family can enjoy social media safely.

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Cyber Security Best Practices for Employees

Employees are on the front lines of information security. The more that can be done to regularly educate yourself of the

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What is The Deep Dark Web: #30SecTech

There are many layers to the Internet that you may not be aware of. There’s the part that everyone sees Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, news websites and everything else under the search engine sun. This is known as the “surface web.”

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New Year, Renewed Readiness

With a new year comes renewed excitement, refreshed minds and revitalized focus for all that lies ahead. The same is unfortunately true for the cybercriminals we are up against.

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Malware 101: What Is Malware?

Spyware, ransomware, and bots, oh my! A lot of these terms are prevalent on the Internet, but it may seem impossible to know what all these terms mean, and how they actually affect your devices and personal information. The term, “virus” has been the commonplace word for all malicious software programs for years now; however, a virus is just one type of malicious threat. A virus is classified as a self-replicating piece of malicious code that travels by inserting itself into files or programs. The threats on the cyber landscape have evolved into more than just viruses, and can cause mu...
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Norton Family Premier Receives PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award

The Internet, social media and mobile technology make it harder than ever to keep your kids safe. Norton Family Premier, recent recipient of the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award is an invaluable tool to help you help your kids. Lead Security Analyst at PC Magazine, Neil Rubenking, cited the “impressive range of parental control and monitoring features for parents of today’s hyper-connected kids.”

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The Future of the Connected Home: Security in the Internet of Things

4.9 billion connected things are expected to be in use in 2015, increasing to 25 billion by 2020. Many of these smart devices can be found in the connected home. Symantec researchers have found that smart home devices have basic security issues, such as weak authentication and common web vulnerabilities. These can be exploited by hackers posing a privacy and security risk. Safeguards against vulnerabilities and smart security best practices are essential to protecting the connected home from cybercrime. Take a look at common risks and actionable tips to stay safe in the internet of things...
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Social Engineering Scams on Social Media

Nobody likes being manipulated—and that’s exactly what happens to people when they fall victim to social engineering scams online. In addition to using more sophisticated malware, ransomware, and viruses, online criminals have become increasingly aware of the use and power psychology plays in weaving believable online fiction. By ‘engineering’ a believable scenario, criminals are able to manipulate users to act on otherwise risky behavior. There’s a dark art to this skill, and it’s one that can cause you and your online network a great deal of distress should you become compromised. Socia...
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Ransomware And The Importance Of Backing Up

Ransomware has a unique and specific agenda, and one that can be entirely avoided if properly understood.

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Kirby the North Pole IT Elf Presents: Monitoring Your Financial Accounts

Norton has asked the North Pole’s #1 IT Elf to give you some tips for the Holidays. It might sound simple, but the best way to be safe during the Holidays is to monitor your accounts. Here Kirby gives some simple rules to keeping an eye on your accounts and what to do if you see some thing that shouldn’t be there. Kirby gives you simple steps to stay safe
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Kirby the North Pole IT Elf Presents: Old School vs Digital Wallets

Now that payments are regularly being made from phones and watches, Kirby gives you a run down of why digital wallets are becoming more popular, how they work and some issues to consider.
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Kirby the North Pole IT Elf Presents: Paper or Plastic

Our favorite holiday IT elf is back with some more holiday shopping tips! This week he reviews "paper or plastic," and we're not talking about grocery bags. 

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Kirby the North Pole IT Elf Presents: Holiday Scams

Meet Kirby the IT Elf, and Santa's right hand technology man. As the Holidays quickly approach, so do a fresh crop of scams. In this episode, Kirby highlights the most popular scams this year, how to spot them and how to be safe.

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What Is Malvertising?

Malvertising is a shortened term for malicious advertising, and is defined as using online advertising to spread malware. Malvertising requires placing malware-laden advertisements on legitimate web pages and through authentic online advertising networks in order to infect a web browser and device. Often, it’s very difficult to distinguish between legitimate and malicious online ads.

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Mobile Security Smarts: How Hack-Proof are Your Mobile Habits?

With holiday gift-giving going mobile, are you eyeing a new device? More than half of holiday shoppers plan to purchase a tech accessory this season, with TVs, tablets, and smartphones topping many wishlists. While two-thirds of those shoppers plan to use a mobile device to help them make holiday purchases (according to ce.org). Do you have the right habits to keep a shiny new device secure? Put your mobile habits to the security test. Top takeaways for smarter mobile security. Be cautious of connecting to public wi-fi and mobile hotspots while you’re on the go. These networks are n...
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Users Believe Using Public Wi-Fi Riskier than Using a Public Restroom

With the Internet threat landscape rapidly growing, online crime has become a fact of life. While we read about breaches and identity theft every day in our news outlets, we wanted to better understand Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report how you, the consumer, are impacted on a more human level. The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report captures how consumers perceive and react to online transactions and threats prevalent on the Internet today.

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How to Keep Your Personal Information Safe on Social Media

Social media runs a significant portion of people’s social lives.  We use it to connect with far-flung friends and family, send quick messages to co-workers, and announce major (and minor) events in our lives.

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Thanksgiving - Cybersecurity Technologies We're Thankful for and Why

Thanksgiving not only marks the start of the fantastic holiday season—it’s also a time to reflect on what you’re thankful for. One of the many things to be thankful for this holiday is cybersecurity, which has gotten more and more advanced as of late.

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How to Clean Up Your Online Digital Footprint

Your “digital footprint” includes all traces of your online activity, from commenting on news pieces or social media to making online purchases.  When you know the boundaries of your digital footprint, and take steps to control it, you can protect your identity and your reputation.

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Safe Online Shopping For The Holiday Season

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means many of us will be making purchases online to avoid large crowds and busy mall traffic, especially during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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Encryption: How To Utilize it Online and Why It’s Important

Encryption is the process of protecting personal data, often with a form of “secret code,” so that it cannot be read by anyone who doesn’t have the code key.  Today, huge amounts of personal information are managed online, via computer applications, and stored in the cloud, or servers with an ongoing connection to the Web.

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DOS Attacks Explained

A “denial of service” or DOS attack is used to tie up a website’s resources so that users who need to access the site cannot do so. Many major companies, have been the focus of DOS attacks in recent years. Because a DOS attack can be easily engineered from nearly any location, finding those responsible can be next to impossible.

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The Norton Cyber Hero Video Series Volume Three: Diana Shafer

So far, we've uncovered some amazing young people during our search for the next cyber heroes! In our third installment of this series....

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