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When Were Computer Viruses First Written, and What Were Their Original Purposes?

Modern day computer virus origins may surprise you- their goals were not quite the same as they are today. Early on, viruses had varied utilities and were engineered mostly by people in computer science industries.  College students created viruses for research projects in order to help further their studies and fine-tune their coding skills. In addition to research, those students would also construct code to play practical jokes on their classmates. Engineers at Xerox created a computer worm meant to search for idle processes in a computer network. A pair of programmers created a boot...
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Top 10 "Riskiest" Websites

We all know that the Internet can house all kinds of cyber scams and exploits, but did you know that certain kinds of websites are statistically more likely to host malware than others? You might think avoiding the obviously dodgy corners of the Internet is enough, but in fact approximately 67 percent of websites used to distribute malware are legitimate but compromised sites. You could be visiting them every day. Software is constantly changing, and it takes time and resources to keep a website running on the latest, fully patched software. According to Symantec’s security expert, Kevin ...
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Android Security Bug Uses “Fake ID” To Access User Information

Mobile security firm, BlueBox has detected a security bug, dubbed, “Fake ID”, in all Android operating systems (OS) beyond version 2.1. This vulnerability could allow hackers to steal personal information, such as passwords or financial information, from Android users by creating an app that uses fake security credentials to access other apps on a user’s device. Earlier this year, Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report noted that mobile malware in 2013 was developed almost exclusively for the Android OS, 32% of which steals a user’s personal information. Luckily, Google says that no e...
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'Backoff' Malware Steals Customer Credit Cards From 600 Stores

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security reported that around 600 businesses fell prey to a Point of Sale malware, called “Backoff”, that steals customer payment details through remote access applications. Most of the businesses affected were small, independent brick-and-mortar retailers, but some larger chains were impacted as well. The scope of the attacks could widen as more affected businesses are discovered. Unfortunately, this kind of criminal activity is growing. Identity theft, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, affected 16.6 million people in 2012. Hackers often...
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How to Spot a Fake Android App

Just because an app is in the Google Play Store doesn’t mean that it is a legitimate app. Google is constantly removing fraudulent apps from the Android marketplace, such as fake antivirus, browsers, and games.  Besides Google Play, and other app markets, there are many other ways that fake apps can get onto your Android device. Scammers will try any means necessary to trick you into installing a fake app. Criminals use emails and SMS messages that appear to be from your bank, credit card company or other brands to trick people into downloading applications that will compromise their data....
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The Worm in the Apple, Part 1 - Why Mac Users Are Not Immune from Viruses and Malware

Mac users may not be aware that their computers are more susceptible than they realize to the threats of malware and viruses. Read on to learn about the threats you should be aware of, even though you’re on a Mac. 

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5 Ways You Didn't Know You Could Get a Virus, Malware, or Your Social Account Hacked

You may not always be aware of the multitude of threats out on the Internet. Read on to find out how to keep yourself protected from lesser known threats lurking on the Internet landscape.

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How Do Cybercriminals Get Caught?

It's a rather long and complicated process with many individuals involved. Here we explain just how cybercriminals get caught.

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The 5 Most Frightful Viruses Terrorizing Computer Users Everywhere

Halloween, the one night of the year where ghosts and goblins are free to haunt us in the dark of night. In honor of this horrific holiday, we’ve conjured up a list of the 5 most frightful viruses terrorizing computer users everywhere.

Happy Halloween from the Symantec Storytelling team!

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Tech Industry Leaders Join Forces In ‘Operation SMN’ to Reduce Malware Attacks on the Internet Landscape

For the first time, tech industry leaders team up with Symantec to help reduce the amount of malware on the Internet landscape. The information and data-based companies are sharing their intelligence so that their services will provide a broader scope of malware detection.

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The Importance of General Software Updates and Patches

Software updates can seem like an annoyance, but they are actually critical to the protection of your system.

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The 12 Scams of Holidays Past

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a virus infected PC.
Every year, scammers and cybercriminals look to take advantage of the influx of online holiday shopping. We've rounded up the 12 most popular scams of holidays past that are sure to make an appearance again this year. Be on the lookout for these popular scams, and as long as you stay protected, go forth and shop till you drop, on your couch!

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