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The Norton Cyber Hero Video Series Volume Two: Joseph Garcia

As Norton's search for Cyber Heroes continues, we'd like you to meet Joseph Garcia.

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Introducing The Norton Cyber Hero Video Series Volume One: Zach Latta

Meet Zach Latta, a 17-year-old student who started HackEDU to bring coding to high schools across the country.

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Types of Common Mobile Threats and What They Can Do to Your Phone

If you know anything about online security, you know that your phone is even more susceptible to malware than your computer. It gets worse. Once your phone is hacked, your computer can easily be next. That’s because your total online security is only as secure as the weakest link in the chain.

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What Are Malicious Websites and Drive by Downloads?

Most people are unaware of the fact that you don’t have to intentionally download a malicious attachment in order to compromise your computer’s security. Malicious websites and drive-by downloads are just two ways that your security can become compromised by doing nothing more than visiting a website.

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Norton – Better, Faster, Stronger and Committed to Your Online Security

At the heart of every Norton improvement is you, real people in real-world situations. Take a look at how our commitment to your security has evolved Norton.

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What Is Spear Phishing?

Spear phishing isn’t what you do when you’re on vacation in Hawaii. It’s a targeted attack on your personal information. An updated version of the old trick “phishing,” where scam artists simply ask you for your password or other private information, spear phishing takes this trick to the next level, using social engineering. Before you respond to that email asking for you to verify your address or other personal information, read this article to protect yourself against spear phishing.

 

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Terrifying Threats That Will Try to Trick Instead of Treat You This Halloween

Last year was a banner year for cybercriminals and hackers, as there were increases in some of the most dangerous threats on the Internet landscape. Over 317 million new pieces of malware was created in 2014, which equals about 1 million new threats being released on a daily basis. If you’re not scared stiff yet, continue reading. The Menace of Mobile Malware Mobile malware is the same kind of malware on computers, except it is engineered for your phones and tablets. Mobile malware is out to get you. Well, the details about you, anyway. As the popularity of smartphones and tablets grows,...
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Malware 101: How Do I Get Malware on My Computer? Part One

We’ve previously explained the different types of malware that are prevalent on the threat landscape, which begs the question: How does malware get onto my computer? Bundled Free Software Programs Free is never usually 100% free when it comes to software and apps- there is always some trade-off. Frequently, free software companies will partner with other companies and bundle additional software within the download. Mostly, these programs are bundled with toolbar add-ons, however, hidden within these add-ons can be spyware, ad libraries, and even browser hijackers. While this is not ma...
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The Facts About Jailbreaking iOS Devices

While jailbreaking an iPhone seems to open up the device to limitless possibilities, it is actually, in fact, a large security risk for your phone. Jailbreaking can allow users to bypass many iOS restrictions they might consider limiting, such as being only able to download apps from the Apple iOS App Store and other types of personal customizations of the device. However, this also means that cybercriminals have access to a much larger security hole to attack the device.  All Apple devices carry a “sandboxing” feature that is native in all OS’s. Sandboxing is a program that essentially ...
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Your Evolving Digital Life With the Internet of Things

The hottest new trend on the Internet isn’t a new social network or app. It’s things. Dubbed “The Internet of Things”  it refers to any object you can connect to with the Internet. These "things" include an array of devices and even systems. Either way, the Internet of Things promises to connect more devices than ever before.

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Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals

As more of what we do online grows, so does the need for cyber security professionals. Now that everything is connected, criminals are shifting their focus to the Internet landscape, utilizing social engineering and other types of scams to obtain financial and personal data from unsuspecting victims.

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8 Elements to Help You Become a Great Digital Citizen

"Digital Citizenship" is the umbrella term used to describe the expectations of a digital citizen. If you use the Internet on a regular basis, you are a digital citizen! Just like being a citizen in the physical world, a lot of the same rules apply when you are a citizen of the digital world. Here are eight elements that embody what it takes to be a good digital citizen: Digital commerce: Citizens should recognize that a large share of the economy is now based online. As a result, there are both pros and cons to e-commerce, and a good digital citizen should not only be aware of the bene...
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How Do Businesses Get Hacked?

While organizations may have some of the best security in the world protecting their information, there are people who are in charge of creating and handling that information.. Because people’s brains are impossible to secure via software, social engineering plays a key role in allowing cybercriminals to bypass computers and security software to commit acts of cyber espionage. Attacks on governments, healthcare institutions or any other organization, require a special blend of both social engineering tactics and technical attacks. The most common form of attack used to infiltrate a governm...
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7 Of The Most Important Cyber Security Topics You Should Learn About

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we love participating, as it is a way to help further educate everyone about staying safe on the Internet. To kick off the first week, we’re going to give you a crash course in basic cyber security 101. A lot of these topics will come up over the next month, so let’s make sure everyone knows what they mean. 1. Secure Passwords: The keys to our digital kingdom, passwords should be closely protected. A lot of the times, that’s all a cybercriminal needs to gain access to your account. The following articles not only teach you about HOW...
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Apple’s iOS 9 Shines The Spotlight On Security

It’s another year and another shiny new iOS for all to enjoy! Apple hits the mark on all the usual exciting, fun enhancements such as a more intelligent Siri, and those new Emojis we’ve all been waiting for. However, after a few privacy mishaps last year, such as the iCloud photo breach, an iCloud password vulnerability, and the more recent keyraider malware, Apple took notice and significantly upped their security game. Private Means Private! iOS 9 will not tie any usage data to an Apple ID or any other Apple service. The data is now completely anonymized, and Apple states that they w...
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Windows 10 Compatibility With Norton Products

As a Norton customer, you are always entitled to download the latest version of your Norton product for free during your service period. Existing customers are also entitled to receive free support at http://support.norton.com. If you’re using Windows 7 or 8, you may have already reserved an upgrade to Windows 10 before its July 29th release. After doing so, Microsoft’s app compatibility checker may show that your Norton product is incompatible with Windows 10. Not to worry- you’re still protected with the best in-class security for your PC. There will be an update available for a Windows...
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Get Ready For Some Big Updates!

Beginning this month, we will begin automatically updating customers with a new PC client that provides the best usability, performance and protection that we offer to-date. We’re rolling these updates out to users over the next several months, however, you have an opportunity to get these features now.

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Ransomware- When Cybercriminals Hold Your Computer Hostage

Ransomware is a form of malware that will lock files on a computer using encryption. Encryption converts files into another format, like a secret code and can only be decoded by a specific decryption key. Types of Ransomware Ransomware can present itself in two forms. Locker ransomware will encrypt the whole hard drive of the computer, essentially locking the user out of the entire system. Crypto ransomware will only encrypt specific, seemingly important files on the computer, such as word documents, PDFs and image files. Once the ransomware installs itself, ...
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What's driving Norton Power Eraser?

Symantec Maximum Repair (SMR) is a brand new security engine that drives our new Norton Power Eraser recovery tool. It combines aggressive heuristics and advanced removal capabilities to combat the newest and toughest threats. I thought I would share with you some of the background on why we developed this new engine.   Why the need? The threat landscape has radically changed over the last few years and that has driven the need for new approaches to protection. Most notable are the following trends: A new micro distribution model for malicious threats. A couple of years ago, the norm wa...
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College Kit: How To Keep Devices Secure and Information Safe

College is a whole new world. Between the excitement of living on your own, meeting new, interesting people, and picking out classes you actually care about, there are some equally important things to consider while embracing your full-fledged independence. College and technology go hand-in-hand. You use your computer for research and term papers, your phone to keep track of your class schedules, and your tablet to keep up with old and new friends on social media. Technology is a great tool for connecting us all, but that’s the thing- it connects EVERYONE- including cybercriminals.  For e...
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High School Kit: More Independence Online

You’re learning how to drive, looking into potential colleges, getting your first “real” girlfriend or boyfriend, going to dances, parties, making new friends and having fun!  With all of this newfound independence comes amazing new adventures and experiences in your life. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement, but, along with all of your academic studies and extra curricular activities, an education in cyber security can help keep you safe while you keep exploring. Do’s and Don’ts of Cyber Security Phishing 101Phishing is a con game that takes place online, and phishers are ju...
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Grade School Cyber Security Kit: Online Safety 101

The Internet can be a place of endless wonders. It’s where you learn, talk, shop, and play. Still, the Internet is just like anything else in life- there are important rules that everyone should follow in order to make sure they stay safe while online. Follow the Internet rules at school and at home: How much screen time is too much? It’s really easy to get caught up visiting fun websites, and playing awesome games, but there’s also a whole big world to explore, away from the screen! Know when it’s time to put down the mouse and go outside and play. Come to an agreement with your paren...
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How Do Cybercriminals Make Money?

Since most of what we do is now online, from shopping for food to paying bills, the global economy is taking a digital shift. It’s only natural for criminals to follow suit. As criminals consider the economics of what they do, they recognize cybercrime as one of the quickest ways for them to make money. For a hacker, extortion is an easy way to monetize stolen information and provides the shortest path from cybercrime to cash. In addition to extortion, criminals can make money off of fake auctions, stealing someone’s identity, and by selling stolen information such as credit card numbers, ...
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Windows 10: New Security Features and the Role of Third Party Security

Just like everyone else, we’re excited about Windows 10 this year. We particularly look forward to new security improvements that Microsoft brings to Windows with each new release. While this may sound like a strange position for a security company to take, the reason why we welcome these improvements is that every security improvement, no matter how big or small, is bad for hackers and criminals and good for consumers.  Like the majority of customers in the market, we’re also customers of Microsoft Windows and we recognize that Microsoft Windows is an attractive target for criminals.

Even with all of the new features, Microsoft Windows’ “attack surface” continues to grow with each new release. Microsoft-developed security improvements and features can play an important role in helping to reduce the attack surface of each new Windows release.

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Cybercrime Survival Toolkit- Surviving The Most Dangerous Town On The Internet

As the old adage goes- knowledge is power, and that knowledge is the most powerful defense you have against the threats on the Internet landscape. Now that you’ve seen the film (and just in case you haven’t: mostdangeroustown.com), the fight against cybercrime may seem like an uphill battle, but as hackers are getting smarter, you can become smarter as well. We’ve created this “Cybercrime Survival Kit” to help educate users about the types of threats on the Internet, what they can do and how you can protect yourself against scams, malware, data breaches and more. ...
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Password Managers Are The Key To Secure Passwords

According to the credit reporting firm Experian, the average Internet user has about 19 different online accounts, for which they only have seven different passwords. In addition, one in ten users never change their online passwords, and one in 20 uses the same passwords for all of their online accounts. Those statistics definitely show that the password system is broken. When passwords were invented in the 60's, they were rather simplistic, as there was not  a wide scale need for them. Today we have passwords for an exponential amount of web services. Couple that with the fact that we no...
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What is Cyber Espionage?

When you think of espionage, characters like James Bond might come to mind- having to travel halfway around the world, pretending to be someone they’re not, infiltrating organizations and stealing secrets. Even though James Bond is just a fictional character, old school spies like that do exist. However, with the advancement of all of our data becoming digitized, we’re quickly becoming introduced to the new school version of spies- cyber spies. New school espionage simplifies the spying process extremely. Companies and institutions store almost an overabundance of data in their systems. I...
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A New Look into Cybercrime- “In Search Of The Most Dangerous Town On The Internet”

Cybercrime is on the rise, and although it may seem like it is faceless crime, it is not. “In Search Of The Most Dangerous Town On The Internet” takes a deep, personal look into the real world of cybercrime. The Romanian town Râmnicu Vâlcea, also known as, "Hackerville", is home to many notorious scammers and convicted blackhat hackers, such as Guccifer, who was responsible for the Hillary Clinton email hack. Through their own words, they discuss their methods for deploying malicious worms, viruses, social engineering scams, stealing identities, and the surprising...
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What is the Difference Between Black, White and Grey Hat Hackers?

Not all hackers are inherently bad. When used in mainstream media, the word, “hacker,” is usually used in relation to cyber criminals, but a hacker can actually be anyone, regardless of their intentions, who utilizes their knowledge of computer software and hardware to break down and bypass security measures on a computer, device or network. Hacking itself is not an illegal activity unless the hacker is compromising a system without the owner’s permission.  Many companies and government agencies actually employ hackers to help them secure their systems. Hackers ar...
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What Happens When Your Identity Is Stolen?

The IRS has announced that it will be notifying taxpayers after third parties gained unauthorized access to information on about 100,000 accounts through the “Get Transcript” online application. You can view more about the breach via a statement on the IRS’s website. More About Identity Theft: According to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2014 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, identity theft once again tops consumer complaint categories in 2014. Identity theft can be committed in many ways: from non-technical methods such as stealing purses or “dumpster diving” for documents that have ...
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Is It Doing Anything?

I recently explained how the Smart Scheduler feature in Norton 360 works to stay out of your way in deciding when to run tasks. The scheduler is so effective that it's common for users to wonder if we're ever performing scans. Neil Rubenking even noted in his PC Magazine review of Norton 360 that "It's so quiet you might begin to wonder if it's doing anything at all." We want to shed some light on this for anyone (myself included) who can't resist the urge to dig into how things work. We've created a small widget that shows you everything going on behind the scenes: You can download it he...
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It’s a New World, It’s a New Norton

The headlines are all too familiar: “Retail Giant Reports Massive Data Breach,” “Russian Gang Amasses Billions of Web Credentials.” Despite the increase in threats, we are moving more and more of our lives on line: from sensitive health and financial data, to precious photos and daily shopping. To complicate matters, our digital lives don’t just reside on a desktop but on multiple devices and platforms. Too many of us remain vulnerable to advanced threats. If we want to free ourselves to take full advantage of our amazing digital, interconnected world, we need to secure ourselves. With th...
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The New Norton Family eBook

We live in a world where we’re constantly connected, including our kids. While the Internet can be an invaluable resource for your child in many ways, it’s nearly impossible to be aware of your child’s online activities all of the time. Of course, you want to educate your child and help them learn about safety and responsibility online, but in today’s busy world, it isn’t always easy to find the time Kids these days may seem more comfortable with the usage of technology, maybe even more so than you, however, we forget that they’re still learning and may not be aware of the security risks ...
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Take The World Backup Day Pledge!

Spring has finally sprung, and it’s that time of year where a lot of us clean, organize, and simplify our lives. What a lot of people don’t realize is the importance of applying those principles to our digital data as well. We collect, organize and store the things in our lives that are important to us (just ask anyone with a garage).Many of those things packed away in those special storage spaces would be devastating to lose.. But have you ever thought that way about what is on your tablets, computers and mobile phones? Right now, most folks have hundreds of phot...
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Top 5 Tips to Protect Your Identity on Campus

Top 5 Tips To Protect Your Identity On Campus Back to school season is upon us, and while you are caught up in the enthusiasm of moving into your new dorms and ogling your class schedules, it is doubtful that the thought of protecting your identity is at the forefront of your mind. However, with 41% of adults having fallen victim to attacks such as malware, viruses, hacking, phishing scams, fraud and theft last year, it’s important to take practical action to keep your information safe on campus. There are the obvious precautions to take in protecting your devices, such as never le...
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What Is a Virus #30SecTech

A computer virus, much like a flu virus, is designed to spread from host to host and has the ability to replicate itself. Similarly, in the same way that viruses cannot reproduce without a host cell, computer viruses cannot reproduce and spread without programming such as a file or document. In more technical terms, a computer virus is a type of malicious code or program written to alter the way a computer operates and that is designed to spread from one computer to another. A virus operates by inserting or attaching itself to a legitimate program or document that...
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Spring Cleaning to Secure Your Digital Life

Tidy Up Your Digital Life It’s time to delete those digital dust bunnies – that includes programs you don’t use and unimportant files littering your desktop. Here are a few quick tips to get started: Cleanup your PC workspace: Some programs automatically create a short-cut that will be displayed as an icon on your desktop. Deleting short-cuts that you don’t use will not delete the program, but it will keep your desktop clean and organized.   Get organized: Create categories for your files (work, financial statements, family photos, kids’ homework, etc.), then create and label folde...
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Securing Your Game Console and Gaming Account

Today’s gaming consoles are independent computers, but they are not yet at the stage where they are susceptible to malware in the same way PCs and other devices are. Even though the consoles are resistant to malware for the time being, there are still ways that cybercriminals will try to gain access to your valuable gaming accounts. In addition to phishing attempts on gaming accounts, online gameplay can be affected by hackers via Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. These attacks do not involve the users’ consoles directly; rather hackers intentionally flood the gaming company...
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Malware 101: How Do I Get Malware on My Computer? Part Two

In other posts, we’ve explained the different types of malware on the threat landscape, and some of the less complicated ways your computer can become infected with malware. In this article we’ll talk about the more complicated types of attacks that cybercriminals use to try to get your information. Exploit Kit Exploit kits are malicious toolkits that attackers use to search for software vulnerabilities on a target’s computer. The kits come with prewritten code that will search for the vulnerabilities, and once it is found, the kit can then inject malware into the computer through tha...
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What is Social Engineering?

We talk about software vulnerabilities a lot, and the human versions of those are our emotions. When people are faced with frightening scenarios, their first impulse is to act first and think later. This is the exact “vulnerability” that social engineers depend upon for a successful attack. Types of Social Engineering Attacks Social engineering is a way that cybercriminals use human-to-human interaction in order get the user to divulge sensitive information. Since social engineering is based on human nature and emotional reactions, there are many ways that at...
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Spring Break and Mobile Device Safety

Technology can add many conveniences to travel: you can check into your flight via smartphone, make last-minute reservations for restaurants or local attractions, take hundreds of photos to commemorate your trip, and even get a little help navigating an unfamiliar city. However, when packing and planning for a vacation, how often do you think of mobile device security? Between picking out the perfect bikini, and loading up all of your ski gear, mobile security is probably the last thing on your mind, but it should be the first. We live so much of our lives through our devices these days; ...
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Public Wi-Fi Security 101: What Makes Public Wi-Fi Vulnerable To Attack And How To Stay Safe

Nowadays, free public Wi-Fi is widely and readily available in larger cities—airports, restaurants, coffee shops, libraries, public transport, hotel rooms, you name it. Of course, we all know jumping on a free Internet connection can be a convenient way to access online accounts, catch up on work, and check emails while on the go. However, the security risks should not be forgotten. While the best way to protect your information is to avoid accessing sensitive information or performing sensitive transactions when connected to public Wi-Fi, there are additional measures you should be awar...
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Digital Security Tips for Connected Fans

Mobile devices are central to the way people experience concerts, events and festivals. From snapping photos, sharing via social networks, to interactive event apps that enhance the experience. Yet, as the role of smartphones expands, so do the security risks. If you're a connected fan, practice good online security habits with these tips: Online Security at Events Practice Safe Sharing. Check the privacy settings on your social networks to make sure you know who has access to what information. Also, think twice before posting your real-time location or photos to social networks. Whi...
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Digital Security Tips for Connected Fans

Mobile devices are central to the way people experience concerts, events and festivals. From snapping photos, sharing via social networks, to interactive event apps that enhance the experience. Yet, as the role of smartphones expands, so do the security risks. If you're a connected fan, practice good online security habits with these tips: Online Security at Events Practice Safe Sharing. Check the privacy settings on your social networks to make sure you know who has access to what information. Also, think twice before posting your real-time location or photos to social networks. While...
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How do Zero-Day Vulnerabilities work: #30SecTech

What is a software vulnerability? In the world of cyber security, vulnerabilities are unintended flaws found in software programs or operating systems. Vulnerabilities can be the result of improper computer or security configurations and programming errors. If left unaddressed, vulnerabilities create security holes that can be exploited by cybercriminals. Why do vulnerabilities pose security risks? Hackers write code to target a specific security weakness and package it into exploit malware, a type malicious software that takes advantage of a vulnerability in o...
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Norton Mobile Security Receives AV-TEST Innovation Award

Norton was presented with the Innovation Award for Norton Mobile Security’s App Advisor for Google Play from AV-TEST during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, because of the unique innovation that has helped provide the next level of mobile protection for the changing digital security landscape. As smartphones continue to evolve into being used as personal computers, more and more sensitive information gets stored on the device. We shop, we do our finances, we connect to other devices, communicate, and even entertain ourselves.. What mobile users should be more aware of is that s...
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Data Privacy and Ridesharing Apps

In busy towns and congested cities, ridesharing apps are quickly becoming all the rage. They’re a new and interesting marriage of technology and commuting that helps us keep up with this “always on” lifestyle. However, they’re also kicking up quite the controversy over how companies handle our real-time location data and overall privacy. What is ridesharing? Uncommonly referred to as “real-time ridesharing,” these new mobile apps are taking the local markets by storm. They allow a user to request an almost instant ride to wherever they need to go with just the push of a button.  In a...
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Are Your Devices Listening In On Your Conversations?

Is it time to start speaking in code in your living room? Recent tech buzz has fingered voice control on your smart TV as a security risk, listening in on your conversations in order to utilize voice commands, and then sending that information out to third parties. The thought of “always listening” devices using voice commands can seem like a scary thing; however, it’s not as scary as it sounds, just yet. Still it’s important to be aware of potential risks as the growth of speech-to-text technology will more frequently become integrated into new devices entering the market. Protect You...
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What To Do In The Event Of A Bank Breach

You may have heard in the news recently that an Internet crime group, Carbanak, stole up to one billion USD by targeting the institutions themselves rather than individual customers. They transferred funds to controlled accounts and hacked ATMs via SMS messaging over the last two years. Cyber security experts at Symantec have been tracking Carbanak for some time now. What can cybercriminals do with my data in the event of a banking or financial institution breach? Cybercriminals are attracted to stealing data that they can make money from, such as credit and debit card numbers, bank a...
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The Importance of Two-Factor Authentication

With reports of data breaches becoming more frequent, now is the time to look into ways to make your accounts more secure.

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