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Back Up Your Finals and Midterms to the Cloud

In today’s fast-paced world, you can be sure that most universities have gone digital. As a result, more students are saving their important papers on their computers and external hard drives. However, from what I’ve seen, that’s about as far as most students go to safeguard their work. With so many hours (and lost sleep) going into these papers, it is essential to make sure you have it backed up in the cloud, because there would be nothing worse than losing all of your hard work due to a computer crash or hard drive failure.   If you only save your work on a hard drive, once your compute...
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Four Things You Should Know About Securing Your Small Business

Small Businesses (SBs) often experience a greater risk from hackers, malware and other security threats. You’ve read the headlines: “Data breach”, “Small vendor used in big attack!” Small Businesses are under increasing attacks from cyber criminals. They are used frequently as a stepping stone to a bigger target such as the big enterprises they conduct business with. In fact, targeted attacks on SBs now account for 30% of all targeted attacks. While still less than those targeted at enterprises, the numbers are growing and other attacks forms are increasing. For example, one in five SBs wa...
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Quick Tip Guide to Kids' Social and Mobile Privacy

You can’t always keep track of what your children are doing online. For the most part it will be harmless fun, but there’s always the danger that they could stumble into areas they shouldn’t without realizing. Unfortunately, those areas can be the most innocent-seeming ones, such as social networking or mobile apps. You can have the usual parent-child conversations about not chatting to strangers and not revealing too much about themselves, but sometimes the apps take matters into their own hands and give away more than they should. Check out these quick steps you can take to make socia...
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Protect Your Presents: A Holiday Survival Guide

Are you ready to tech the halls? Mobile tech like smartphones and tablets top many gift lists and wishlists this year. In fact, 74% of U.S. holiday shoppers intend to give consumer electronics as presents (source: CEA).   However while you're anticipating santa's gifts by your chimney, the holidays provide scammers with an opportune time to sweep up valuable personal data as well as lost or stolen devices. That's why Norton has captured these security tips to protect your presents.   Don't fa-la-la-la-fall for cybercriminals' tricks. Take these first steps to protect your privacy and secur...
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New Norton - Compatibility with new features of Windows 8.1, advanced protection, simplified setup

By Gerry Egan, senior director, product management, Symantec Corp.   Today, we are excited to announce the release of the latest versions of our award-winning Norton core security products, which keep consumers safe from evolving threats in their daily online lives. The latest versions improve on the industry’s leading protection and performance, and are designed for compatibility with the new features of Windows 8.1. According to Symantec research, Web attacks increased 30 percent in 2012, driven by the easy availability of malware toolkits and the high frequency of unpatched vulnerabi...
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2014 Mobile Trends: Norton at CES

Mobile technologies sure-to-trend in 2014 include "smart" connected devices and wearable gadgets. With 2.88 billion people reached by the #CES2014 hashtag, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, this new tech is growing in popularity in no time. Watch the best-of from Norton at CES. Did you miss the Norton Truck interactive mobile privacy experience at CES? You can still try Norton Mobile Security for free, here: https://mobilesecurity.norton.com/  Read on for more quick tips to protect your mobile privacy: Protect your private info: Did you know? 1-in-4 smartphone user...
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Mobile Security Resolutions for the New Year

  Welcome to the new year! Now that the holidays are a wrap if you're like many, you may have received the gift of mobile this year. In fact, 74% of U.S. consumers intended to give consumer electronics as presents (CEA). But while new mobile trends are in fashion for 2014, mobile cybercrime threats are trending also. More than 1/3 of smartphone users have experienced mobile cybercrime (2013 Norton Report). That means, resolution number one on your list should be to security protect your shiny, new mobile devices and tablets.     Mobile Malware: How-to Protect Your Smartphone and Tablet ...
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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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Lunar New Year Security Checklist

Because you should be spending your time enjoying the festivities, here are a few security tips for Lunar New Year. Wishing you a fun, safe celebration and year ahead from Norton! Will you capture irreplaceable memories this Lunar New Year? Try Norton Zone for free, a safer and easier way to share files with family and friends.
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Five Ways to Save "Face" Online

There’s a reason why Facebook is celebrating it's 10th birthday today! Social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with friends and family, for telling people what you’re up to, and for finding out what’s happening in your part of the world. Though this does come with risks. Each time you post, “like”, share a photo or check-in somewhere, you’re providing a little more information about yourself. You’re discarding a little more of your privacy… and arguably, you’re leaving yourself at risk of identity theft. To help you on your way, here are our top 5 tips to help you enjoy y...
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Stay Safe in Sochi

As a tourist in a foreign city, especially a chilly one hosting hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world this weekend, it’s probably wise for you to learn a few key phrases to protect yourself, like: Спасите! (Spasite!) “Help!” Пожар! (Požar!) “Fire!” Стой! (Stoj!) “Stop!” …but, what if you need to protect your mobile device or laptop? These phrases are pretty ineffective against cyber crimes.  The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team reports that possible targeted attacks could appear in the form of spam, phishing scams, fake websites, or drive-by download campaigns, an...
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Is connected car data the next privacy concern?

GPS devices have made driving so much simpler in recent years, and it’s hard to find a driver today who does not use one for long journeys. But what are the downsides to being constantly connected when driving? While you’re getting vital information to help you reach your destination, what vital information of yours is flowing the other way? One big car maker was recently forced to deny that it collects and shares personal data on drivers and their habits through their GPS devices, but we’ve seen time and time again that all that gatherable information can prove too tempting for a company...
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5 Tips for Social Media Security and Privacy

Social media accounts are powerful tools in the wrong hands. We’ve recently seen hackers take over the Twitter accounts of media outlets and large corporations, using them for anything from basic spam to drawing attention to global issues. Your own accounts might seem too small to tempt scammers, but even with just a few followers your information is a valuable commodity. Read on for tips to stay safe on social networks.   Use unique passwords for each social network It’s a pain, but it is also absolutely essential that you don’t use the same password for Twitter as you do for, say, Facebo...
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How will the end of Windows XP impact you?

The clock is ticking down on Windows XP. Microsoft will end technical assistance for the 12-year-old operating system on April 8 and effectively stop delivering automatic updates and security patches to Windows XP users. Although many consumers, small businesses and even large enterprises have already transitioned to newer and more secure systems, an estimated 30 million desktop operating systems still run on Windows XP today and could be left vulnerable after April 8.  At Symantec, we firmly believe running up-to-date security products is a critical step in protecting your personal infor...
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5 Tips for smarter, safer mobile banking

The rise of the smartphone has brought countless technological benefits that make our daily lives easier in so many ways, and one of the biggest has been the freedom of mobile banking. Gone are the days of waiting in a busy branch on a Saturday afternoon to transfer money into your savings account, or calling an automated number to check your balance. But having your bank accounts within such close reach does bring its dangers, and it shouldn’t simply be assumed that logging in and doing your banking can now be done at any time and in any place. Here are five quick tips to keeping your mon...
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World Backup Day and Digital Spring Cleaning

March 31 marks World Backup Day! What is backup? It's a second copy of all your most important files like financial documents, family photos, videos and more. While it's best to backup your files regularly now is as good a time as ever.  Here are a few more tips for digital spring cleaning! Read on.    Five easy ways to get started on digital spring cleaning:   Be sure your software is up to date. Ignoring the latest software updates could put you at risk. Companies announce security vulnerabilities as they are discovered and quickly work to fix the vulnerabilities with software updates,...
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Keeping Your Business Safe From Attack

According to the 2014 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, which examines the data from more than 41.5 million attack sensors and records thousands of events per second, spear phishing is not dead – it’s merely evolving. The technique uses fake emails to target a specific organisation in order to gain access to internal data, and although attackers used fewer emails on fewer targets last year, the total number of spear-fishing campaigns was up a startling 91%. More user awareness and better security means attackers are simply choosing their targets more carefully and sharpening their ...
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Why Symantec Says That The Covert Redirect Flaw in OAuth and Open ID is 'Not As Bad As Heartbleed'

Some media outlets are sounding the alarm about the recently discovered Covert Redirect flaw in OAuth and OpenID being “the next Heartbleed.” Symantec experts have assured people that it’s not. What is this Covert Redirect flaw? The vulnerability exploits web and mobile applications that allow users to login via OAuth (an application that lets 3rd parties access account details from other websites, such as social media sites). It allows attackers to disguise a fake login popup, using the affected website’s real domain. These attackers can collect login information from users if they autho...
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Cybersecurity Trends and How-to Protect Your Business

Information security is more important than ever when it comes to safeguarding small business. According to the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report a noteworthy 30% of all spear-phishing attacks were aimed at small businesses in 2013, while one in five small businesses received at least one targeted spear-phishing email. In 2014, we identified a few technology trends that will have a direct impact on small businesses and the way they protect business critical information. All eyes will be on protecting Privacy From scary headline news to a much-needed wake-up call, consumers and sma...
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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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In Defense of Devices: Cyber Security Concerns Spread Beyond Your Phone

We’re always hearing about the connected future, an “Internet of Things” (IoT) where our smartphones and tablets are joined online by ever more devices: cameras, TVs, microwaves and fridges, even baby monitors. It sounds great, but every one of those internet-connected devices is another security concern, as Symantec’s 2014 Internet Security Threat Report demonstrates only too clearly. As the report states, last year saw high-profile hacks of baby monitors, security cameras and even home routers by cybercriminals. Meanwhile, security researchers dug around in the software of other devices...
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Is Norton Getting Out Of The Cloud Business?

Claire Dean, Sr. Director of Global Marketing for Norton Zone, took a moment to address customer questions and concerns regarding the recent decision to remove Norton Zone from Norton's product line-up. Last week we announced the discontinuation of one of our cloud services called Norton Zone. I’ve been working on the Zone project for my entire four years at Symantec and when I told my friends that we made the decision to discontinue it, many had the same reaction: What? Norton is getting out of the cloud? My answer? Absolutely not. Zone is only one cloud service, among many, that Syman...
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3 Hot Mobile Security Tips For Summer Travel

Summer’s finally here, so whether you intend to take a picnic to the park, play with the children in the garden or jet off to somewhere even sunnier, some simple precautions will keep you and your devices safe this summer. Watch your devices First up, physical security. With more outdoor activity it’s natural that it won’t only be your smartphone that travels with you. Parks these days are full of tablets and even lightweight laptops, to go with the many Kindles and Bluetooth speakers, so it pays to be aware of just how valuable your possessions are. Don’t leave them lying in plain sight...
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BYOD vs. CYOD: What's The Best Fit For Your Business?

The last few years have been all about BYOD – or bring your own device – an IT revolution that freed employees from the shackles of dated or unsuitable hardware in favor of, well, whatever they wanted to use. The benefits are obvious: most employees have their own computers at home and know how to use them, so they can spend more time getting down to business and less time trying to work out why this application doesn’t have that feature. But there are big drawbacks to BYOD as well, and most of them concern security. First there’s the fact that company data is leaving the premises every e...
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Lessons Learned from World Cup Wi-Fi Security Gaffe

Fans around the globe have all eyes on epic soccer matchups cheering for wins and grimacing at errors. One error off the field has also been receiving attention – the World Cup Security Center’s Wi-Fi password reveal. While Symantec has already identified several scams surrounding this international football event targeting consumers on social networks, the incident serves as a reminder that not only awareness of risks and scams online but also proactive security habits are key to protecting your information from hacking or data theft.     Follow these secure Wi-Fi ha...
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Will Amazon’s Fire Phone "Burn" Users?

Symantec security expert, Candid Wueest, investigates the security implications of Amazon's new Fire Phone. For the original article, and to catch the latest security intelligence information, check out Symantec's Security Response blog: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/will-amazon-s-fire-phone-burn-users     Everyone has heard stories about smartphones with malfunctioning battery packs bursting into flames, but the new Amazon Fire Phone, despite its name, could pose a different kind of danger. Amazon’s recently announced device is due to be released in July and may present some pote...
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How Can Small Businesses Develop Trust with Customers?

In a small business, your top priority when dealing with customers is trust. Recent high-profile security breaches have eroded consumer confidence, and it’s more important than ever to reassure your customers that they’re safe shopping with you. According to Symantec’s Sr. Director of Product Management, Robert Hoblit, the vast majority of visitors to any shopping site will arrive through web search or advertising, and first impressions are vital. “Around 80% of the customers that land on your website are actually first-time buyers,” he says. “They’ve never seen you before, they’ve never ...
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Prevent Scammers From Taking Over Your Company's Social Presence

Social media is a hugely important tool for growing your business’s brand, and the last thing you want to do is expose your customers to spam. Yet we’ve all seen it: the tweet promising thousands of new followers or the Facebook post teasing a way to lose weight or earn easy money – of course only if you’ll click on a link. It’s an issue that’s not going away any time soon, and it must be handled in the right way. The last thing we want to do is make our social media pages less open to the public, so instead we must use the settings available to us to keep spam away, and actively deal wit...
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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Social Media Scams and How-to Protect Yourself

As reported by BBC, scammers are capitalizing on the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 via social media posts promising video footage of the incident. Instead, these posts are linking social media users to spam or offensive content. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission also reported that fake tribute Facebook pages have been created by scammers to re-direct people to websites with dubious advertisements, where scammers will profit on each advertisement click. While it is unfortunate that scammers would look to capitalize on this tragic incident, this is a common t...
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Mobile Fitness Trackers May Be One Step Away From Hacks

Recently, Symantec Security Response experts conducted an in-depth study on wearable health tracking devices and apps and found that there were multiple vulnerabilities with these devices, which hackers could exploit to gain access to your personal information.    It used to be that your health was information shared between you and your doctor only, but the latest in mobile technology is changing that. The recent boom of fitness and health tracking devices, such as wristbands, heart monitors, and other “wearables” and their accompanying apps, allows many of us to keep better track of ou...
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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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BYOD in K-12 Schools: 5 Tips to Help Parents Keep Their Kids Safe

   Despite controversial beginnings, many school districts across the United States are embracing BYOD—bring your own device—in the classroom by expanding curriculum to include student owned devices. With this trend gaining momentum, some districts are starting to run pilot programs to explore the benefits of bringing mobility to classrooms through BYOD. Rather than fighting against change, forward thinking school districts are moving into 21st century learning environments because they recognize the advantages of incorporating tehcnology and learning applications into the classroom to bet...
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Mobile Security Advice For The New Term

Technology and education now go together more closely than ever, with laptops and tablets now regular sights in classrooms. The range of educational apps in both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store is huge and growing all the time, and the cloud has made it possible to learn across multiple devices with ease.   And yet, with such progress inevitably comes a downside. With all that extra work being created and stored on our phones and tablets, we have to think carefully about security issues. While your science project might not be the prize a hacker is after, losing it means more t...
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Smart Tips For Smart TV Watching With Dad

It’s Father’s Day once more on June 15th, but this isn’t any old Father’s Day – this one might as well have every dad’s birthday and Christmas Day rolled in as well. Yes, Father’s Day in 2014 falls right at the start of the World Cup in Brazil and on the final day of the US Open golf championship, which makes it all the more likely that dad will be settling down in his armchair to enjoy that new Smart TV he’s had his eye on. But as with anything that connects to the Internet, it pays to be aware of the security issues, and Smart TVs are no different. Only this week the news has been full ...
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The Incredible Hulk Gets Nortonized - Literally

I don't know about you, but growing up The Incredible Hulk was one of my favorite comic books. I always loved the raw nature of the Hulk and his crazy rampages and willingness to take on just about anything from tanks and mutants to other superheroes in the Marvel universe. The new Hulk movie premieres on the big screen this weekend and I'm excited to see Edward Norton bring my favorite character to life. Closer to home, our Norton team partnered up with this summer blockbuster and is offering up some pretty decent loot (think 52" SHARP LCD TV) -- the details of which can be found at this ...
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Ransomware and the Importance of Backup

There has been a lot of coverage in the tech-related blogosphere lately regarding a specific threat called (among other things) Trojan.Gpcoder.F.  Once this malware has infected your machine it searches for files on your system that could potentially be important to you (based on the extension of the file) and then encrypts the data using a 1024 bit key (technically it creates an encrypted copy of the file and deletes the original.)  Once your data has been encrypted, the malware informs you that your files are being held for ransom along with details on how to buy the decryptor program to...
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You thought typos were harmless?

A recent PCMag.com blog post points out that the fake White House website whitehouse.org (no, I won't link you to it) has been hacked and is serving up malware.  Part of the issue here is that many people attempting to go to the government website www.whitehouse.gov will accidentally mistype it as whitehouse.org.  This is a specific case of a very real threat. If you look at the list of the top 500 most popular websites according to Alexa.com.  How many of these domain names are easily misspelled or mistyped?  There is nothing stopping bad people from registering common typos of popular do...
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The Big Shift

One of the best parts of my job is not just laying out the strategy for Symantec's Consumer Business, but getting out and telling people where Norton is headed in six months, 12 months, or even two years. Why is this so rewarding? Because we've got a rich and compelling story to tell.  We aren’t just talking about security software — we're looking at solving consumer problems in brand new ways. Recently, I've spent some time sharing our vision with some of the key people in our industry. Neil Rubenking at PC Magazine was one of our stops and following our conversation, he put out a compreh...
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Phresh Phishing Phreaks Pholks Out

Jaqcqui Cheng from Ars Technica has a great article today about the latest email scam design to trick people into giving up their personal information (including social security number and mother's maiden name), this time, the email is supposedly from the iTunes store and links to a poorly crafted site.  You should check out Robert Vamosi's article on Cnet about this as well. Okay, so this is really nothing new, we talk about phishing scams all the time.  However, like Jacqui writes in her article, this is interesting because Apple users are getting targeted. iTunes is cross platform, lot...
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Are you Naked? Exploits from the latest Microsoft Vulnerability seen in the wild

Are you Naked?  Exploits from the latest Microsoft Vulnerability seen in the wild Which is worse, being seen naked running down the street or having a vulnerable computer leaving you exposed to attacks from drive-by downloads?   It is probably a matter of opinion (or local laws.)  Unfortunately, I think people are more concerned about being seen naked than whether they have a computer that is vulnerable.   Don’t get caught being exposed by having a vulnerable system!   In my previous blog post, I talked about the way that malware is able to get onto your system.  Exploits from drive...
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Zero-Impact Meets Zero-Gravity

This past weekend I was joined by an international group of journalists and bloggers for a Zero-Gravity flight to “blast off” the launch of the Norton 2009 security products. This 18-person “band of brothers” boarded the G-Force One in Las Vegas, prepared to float, flip and fly the way orbiting astronauts do. One word describes the experience - awesome. But most people want to know, what in the world does a Zero-G flight have to do with security software?   And the answer is simple…we designed the 2009 Norton products with a mantra of "zero-impact performance".  Meaning, we want our softw...
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Norton 2009: A message from the performance team

To our Norton Customers:   Symantec is pleased to announce the official release of our Norton 2009 products. This year, we’ve made performance improvement the key focus of the 2009 Norton product line. Virtually everyone in the company - including executive management, product engineering, Quality Assurance, design, and development - knew that this was our main mission ever since our first 2009 engineering planning sessions. Since then, we’ve questioned, agreed, and disagreed to many of the ideas and concepts that came up, but we were consistently guided by our shared vision and dedicatio...
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Norton Performance Graphs Explained

Every day, corporations, governments, and individuals must live with security vs. performance tradeoffs.  An extra layer of security in any situation, digital or otherwise, always has a performance impact.   A simple (and probably overused) example is airport security.  Standing in an airport security line is time consuming, but provides the level of security mandated by the government.  We are mandated to trade performance (walking straight to the terminal) for the security provided by the inspections.  Overzealous security can cause bottlenecks, which inhibits daily activities.  Eliminat...
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How Easy is it to Steal an Identity?

I was surfing the web tonight and I came across an article on Scientific American.  The author asked some friends for permission to break into their bank accounts and then went to work trying to steal their identity.  The ease at which he was able to do so is startling. He first used a variety of techniques to gather information including reading the target's blog and googling them and then he used that information to break into the user's email accounts via password resets.    Once he had access to the target's email he would be able to receive password reset emails from their bank accoun...
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The Shoemaker’s Children

You remember the Shoemaker’s lesson, don’t you?  It’s always the shoemaker’s children go barefoot. And so it was that after thirty years of writing about PCs and wagging my finger at those who tempted fate by not backing up regularly, I did it myself.  The entire episode has made me feel a little addle-brained, a lot chagrined, and like a cautionary tale.   It started when I bought the new Dell XPS—fully loaded. When was the last time you moved three years of work from one PC to another? Seriously, it consumed my free time for about three weeks until I had things the way I wanted them. You...
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Who are you on the Web?

The Boston Globe had an article recently on how difficult it is to be anonymous in the internet age.  Reading the article compelled me to perform my every-once-in-a-while "googling" of myself.  What I found was pretty interesting. First of all, I'm not keeping a very low profile.  There were approximately 23,000 responses to the search query on my name (541 if you put my name in quotations.)  Most of the front page stuff was computer related.   A post on an old blog of mine about a web programming framework; several links to my posts on the Norton Protection Blog; a patch I submitted to an...
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Norton Safe Web

Today, the Norton team is launching an exciting new beta offering called Norton Safe Web, a Web site rating service that makes it easy for users to differentiate safe sites from malicious ones. Once downloaded, the beta will provide visual site ratings within everyday search results from top search sites like Google, Yahoo! and Live Search- so you can keep using your preferred search tool and don't have to take any extra steps. Additionally, due to the nature of Web threats such as drive-by-downloads, it will also warn users before they visit a site that contains malicious content. Our go...
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Not all Equipt-ment is Created Equal

I was just reading a story about Microsoft’s new subscription software package – Microsoft Equipt – and I have to say I was baffled to see the new “post-Bill Gates” Microsoft continuing to push these tired, old bundles. Drawing consumers in with the promise of enhanced productivity but essentially delivering a hodge podge of Microsoft technologies that lack consumer value and limit choice, Equipt looks less about providing a compelling value proposition and more about increasing Office revenue.                                                                                                 ...
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Why Backing Up is Easier Than Flossing

For many folks, backing up their data is a lot like flossing. It's a chore and not the most pleasant way to spend a few minutes. You know it's important for good personal or computer hygiene, but you probably don't do it as often as you should. But once teeth start falling out or you lose wedding pictures, contacts, and tax records due to a computer crash, you become a lot more diligent with your flossing and/or your backing up. In fact, I'd wager that backing up is even easier than flossing now.Here's a quick video on why it's important to back up your most important files and how...
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WWDC08 - All iPhone, All the Time

  This is where the magic happens...WWDC08 I was up in San Francisco last week for the Apple WorldWide Developer's Conference (WWDC08) and I figured I would talk a bit about it.Now, the specifics of the show have been blogged to death, I am sure (some good writeups here and here), but a few themes really struck me:1 - We are all basically experiencing a fairly incredible transition, thanks in no small part to the iPhone. Yes, so-called Smartphones have been around for awhile, but it is clear that the iPhone has captured the imagination of people who would otherwise not care at all about a ...
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