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.
Consumers often shun software with even modest price tags in favor of the next tempting giveaway. But stop and think for a second and it’s pretty obvious these free downloads can’t really cost nothing, or the skilled people who make them wouldn’t be able to earn a living. No, free rarely means free, and you should always be wary of downloading more than you expected.
The acceptable way to monetise free software is to use advertising, and whether you’re okay with that will largely depend on how much you want that new app without paying for it. As the saying goes, “if you’re no...
With plenty of free security software options out there, it’s easy to wonder why you would want to pay for online protection. But is free antivirus software truly free?
Internet connected devices are constantly within reach and as a result more aspects of our lives and information reside within our devices than ever before. Yet many people still see their online world and the physical world as separate from each other, not realizing that online information is as valuable to cyber criminals as a wallet is to a mugger. It’s not until a data breach makes headlines t...
Passwords are to a hacker like keys to a thief. Although keys and passwords by themselves don’t have much value, the personal information and property that they can expose does. Think of your passwords as your digital keys. They allow access to your personal life, including your networks of friends and colleagues, contacts, photos, videos, emails, and maybe even banking and payment details, among other gems of information.
Weak passwords can be easily guessed, and taking poor security measures could provide information instrumental for password hackers. However, ...
Software updates can seem like an annoyance, but they are actually critical to the protection of your system.
Norton users* can breathe more easily knowing that they are backed by Norton by Symantec’s gold standard of security in light of a security advisory about a new zero-day bug affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer. Other vendors are using the name “Operation Clandestine Fox” to identify targeted attacks using this bug in the wild. Users of all versions of Internet Explorer are vulnerable, but, so far, this bug is not being used in widespread attacks.
Microsoft will be issuing a patch for supported operating systems, but Windows XP users will need to find another way to stay secure, as ...
Security researchers have discovered a new bug, called, Shellshock, that affects Linux and Unix platforms. If exploited, the bug could impact public facing web servers and Mac OSX users. Our experts let you know what you can do to keep your data safe.
Although, you might not know what they are or how they work, if you go online, it’s likely you’ve heard of cookies before. But given the negative publicity surrounding them, perhaps you have been led to believe they are dangerous. On the contrary, cookies by themselves are rather harmless and simple. However, if privacy issues concern you, there’s always the option to opt-out.
First, an introduction to cookies
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by websites you visit or certain emails you open. In essence a cookie notif...
It’s a very common scenario, a parent—grandparent, aunt, or uncle—buys the latest model smartphone or tablet and hands-down their previously used device to a grandchild, niece, or nephew. This is especially common during the Holidays with connected devices topping most youth’s wish lists.
And with companies like eBay, Verizon, and AT&T competing to buy your used devices, now there’s an additional incentive to hand-down your old device and upgrade this holiday season.
Protect your holiday hand-me-downs
To many consumers handing down or selling their device may seem like a har...
As consumers around the country get ready for another holiday shopping season, hackers are likely gearing up with Point-of-Sale (POS) malware kits. Over the past year many US retailers—big and small—fell victim to mega-breaches that compromised approximately 100 million payment cards, potentially affecting about one-third of US consumers. Some retailers have taken measures to secure their POS terminals, but until a complete transition to more secure payment technologies is made, many retailers are still vulnerable to POS attacks. Therefore, it is up to consumers t...
With reports of data breaches becoming more frequent, now is the time to look into ways to make your accounts more secure.
New research from Symantec uncovering a cyber-espionage campaign that has affected 1,018 unique organizations across 84 different countries has demonstrated the impact of sophisticated phishing attacks and watering hole techniques.
The attacker group, dubbed “Dragonfly” by Symantec security experts (other vendors have called them, "Energetic Bear"), launched a campaign against a range of targets, predominantly in the European and American energy sector, over a number of months. Dragonfly used multiple attack methods to install malware onto systems, extracting passwords and documents among...
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The mobile apps we use can provide other parties access to our information and everything on our devices. Our smart devices are powerful computers, containing valuable information, such as passwords, contacts, phone numbers, photos, videos, and maybe even banking details. Thus, it’s very important to understand the privacy and security implications that come with using any app. Guard your information by exercising caution and by taking three simple steps.
Newly released Symantec research indicates that most consumers worry about mobile app security and privacy risks. However, most consumers unknowingly – sometimes even willingly – put personal information at risk, compromising their own privacy. In fact, the study found that many of those who worry the most about mobile privacy are the least likely to take precautions to protect themselves—all in exchange for free app downloads.
Experiencing and using the latest innovations in technology is always exciting—and wearable devices are no exception. Driven by technological advances, social factors, and the Internet of Things, consumers everywhere are enthusiastically embracing wearable technology. As a result, being connected to the Internet is becoming a part of daily life, creating a reality where the physical and digital worlds intersect and overlap at an unprecedented rate, often leaving security behind.
Physical-Digital Innovations Allow Us To Experience The World In Unprecedented Ways
While any time is a good time to adopt new habits, the New Year seems to be the most popular time for resolutions. When most people are resolving to make changes to their lifestyle, health, and habits, a lot of people do not realize that they should consider making resolutions to their digital lifestyle as well. Here are some suggested resolutions to living a healthy and secure online life.
Software Updates- Install Early, Install Often
Software vulnerabilities are security holes discovered and exploited by hackers that allow them to access your computer. The attacks are carried out by...
If you plan to purchase security software along with your Internet connected gadgets this Holiday Season, you are on the right path to securing your digital and personal information. However, with so many options available—free and paid—it’s not always easy to choose or distinguish between legitimate and fraudulent software.
If your goal is to protect your devices and your identity, you can’t afford to take chances. There are two things you can do to avoid purchasing fraudulent security and antivirus software. First, do your research, educate yourself, and be cautious. Second, purchas...
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....
Today marks the 15th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day, and Norton wishes all those who keep our world of information up and running a big thank you and much deserved rock star recognition. To celebrate the day here are a few of the top reasons to say thanks.
Thank your SysAdmin on System Adminstrator Appreciation Day!
When your server goes down at midnight on a Saturday, a sysadmin IT pro has everything up and running by 9a.m. on Monday.
That lovely interwebz connection you are accessing to view this very blog from your office network – all thanks to a sysadmin’s handiw...
The world of business has to move with the times, and right now that means it makes a lot of sense to allow staff to use whatever devices they have for work. BYOD – bring your own device – is here to stay, and if implemented properly can be a real boon to the productivity and happiness of your employees. They get to use a device they’re comfortable with, and you get to slash your hardware deployment costs.
But BYOD brings with it new risks to the security of sensitive company data, with employees taking their main work systems out of the office with them at the end of the day. Rather than ...
After April 8, Microsoft will no longer release updates designed to fix bugs that cybercriminals use to gain access to the operating system (OS). Any newly discovered vulnerabilities in the operating system will effectively become an open invitation to an attacker to gain control of a computer running Windows XP. Symantec strongly recommends that Windows XP customers upgrade to a current OS as soon as possible, but will continue to support Windows XP SP3 systems for the foreseeable future.
SavvyMediaGal recently posted a Norton Protection Blog entry titled, “How will the end of Microsoft ...
What is Heartbleed? Symantec is continuing to track this OpenSSL bug discovered recently and its implications for consumers. Symantec has created a site devoted to Heartbleed for further information. Watch to learn more:
"Heartbleed" a name that security researchers have given to a serious bug found in a very common piece of software used by many websites. The software in question is called OpenSSL and is used to encrypt the information that you send to and from websites, such as your login name and password or other sensitive information. You can usually recognize when websites encrypt...
They’re both selling by the millions, with no sign of slowing down, but there are big differences between the iOS and Android mobile platforms – not least in the array of security threats they face, and the ways in which they attempt to mitigate them. You’re never totally secure when using a mobile device on either platform, but should the security conscious be choosing one over the other?
The Threat Level
If we’re talking purely about the level of threat that exists on the two platforms, it would seem iPhone and iPad users have the better side of the deal. Studies have found that a fa...
By Satnam Narang, Symantec Security Response expert.
No matter where you went this week, you likely heard about something called Heartbleed. If you happened to be living under a rock (some might say you were better off there), you may not have heard that there was a major vulnerability discovered in OpenSSL, the open source implementation of the protocols used to secure communication over the Internet. The reason it received a lot of attention is because a half a million trusted websites were vulnerable at the time this news first came to light. Does this mean the Internet is broken or is...
How safe was your family online in the last year? According to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report 2014, they weren’t as safe as you might think. The study analyses threat data from over 157 countries, more than 41.5 million attack sensors and a database of over 60,000 vulnerabilities, making it the most comprehensive picture of internet security in the world – and it says mobile users are falling for more “too good to be true” scams than ever.
An incredible 38% of mobile users have experienced cybercrime, and it’s often down to their own behaviour. More than half of...
Are you doing enough to keep your information safe? With today’s sophisticated cyber threats you need more than just traditional antivirus (AV) software to stay protected. AV software can prevent, detect and remove malicious computer programs, and while more traditional viruses and email spam still exist, people now have more complex threats to worry about – and more important information to protect.
You need to guard your devices from not only viruses and worms, but web threats, spam and phishing. Cybercriminals can also use drive-by methods for stealing information and concealment malw...
The New York Times has reported the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials by a Russian crime ring. These hackers reportedly amassed 1.2 billion username and password combinations, and more than 500 million email addresses from 420,000 websites through botnets (computers that have been infected with and controlled by a computer virus). The sites ranged from small sites to larger household names. Many of the targeted sites are still vulnerable.
2014: The Year Of The Mega, MEGA Breach?
In Symantec’s 2014 Internet Security Threat Report, researchers declared 2013 as “The Ye...
Strong, secure passwords are one thing that stands between you and a potential data breach. Here are some tips on how to make your passwords more secure and ways to manage them all.
There are a plethora of free mobile apps on the market, but as the old adage goes "There's no such thing as a free lunch." Almost half of the free apps on the market are looking for something in exchange. Read on to find what you are and are not willing to trade for that app.
You may have seen it on the news recently; 7 million Dropbox usernames and passwords were allegedly stolen. Initial reports were that the Dropbox service itself had been hacked; however, the company issued the following statement on their blog:
The usernames and passwords referenced in these articles were stolen from unrelated services, not Dropbox. Attackers then used these stolen credentials to try to log in to sites across the Internet, including Dropbox.
Regardless of where the leak originated, this is something we see all too often in the tech and busine...
Mobile devices are popular with employees and travel, granting them the ability to work while on the go. However, the information on these devices is very vulnerable if it were to fall into the wrong hands. Here are some tips on traveling with your company's data.
The holiday season is a lucrative time for online retailers and cybercriminals see this as an opportunity to profit as well. Don’t let the numerous deals and distractions cloud your judgment; it’s always important to pay attention to signs that your transactions are secure. You can still shop online and take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals with peace of mind. You just have to know what to look for and adhere to simple safety measures.
Wearable devices, the connected home, and the connected car, although all relatively new technologies, have quickly become the new rage in tech. Everything from the devices in your pocket, to the appliances in your home, and the car you drive can transmit information about your life habits because they all have one thing in common: they are connected to the Internet and you are connected to them. And in some cases they are connected to each other. This new tech phenomenon is called the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Internet of Things allows wearable devices such ...
We're here to help you Give Boldly and shop safely online. See how you can protect your holiday cheer from cybercriminals this year. Check out these tips before you checkout at your favorite online stores.
Remember these key tips to shop safely online:
Don't click on unsolicited emails or links to "deals" that seem to good to be true.
Use the latest, updated version of your internet browser.
Check to ensure your purchases and transactions are taking place on a secure site.
The 12 Scams of Holidays Past
What is the Safest Way to Pay This Holiday Season?
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With the Holiday festivities upon us, it’s likely that Internet connected gadgets have topped your list of things to buy. As you search with excitement to find the device that best fulfills your needs, the thought of installing security software on them might not be at the forefront of your mind. However, considering that an alarming 63 percent of mobile device owners fell victim to cybercrime in 2013, it’s important to take steps to keep the information on your mobile devices secure.
Past events continue to substantiate that securing all connected devices is the smartest and easiest ...
We are sure you’ve seen them lurking in your news feeds- breaking news reporting a celebrity’s death, photos of natural disasters striking major cities, video footage of riots and outrage over an accidental shooting- all seemingly legitimate news stories. However, this “news” may not be what it seems.
In 2016, Facebook has reported that it has 1.71 billion monthly active Facebook users. Twitter has 313 million monthly active users. With so many active users, popular social sites are a scammer's paradise. Scammers will try to entice you into clicking by posting sensational or emotional bre...
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Protecting your financial information is important, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. When on-the-go tools such as mobile banking apps make managing financial tasks easy, you should also take precautions to manage the risk of accessing sensitive financial information anytime, anywhere. This Credit Education Month, practice safe online habits with a few easy tips.
Taking Basic Security Precautions
Take precautions to make sure that your online financial management activities are secure. Be aware and vigilant by practicing these safe online habits:
Make sure the websites with which you...
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...
There have been several high-profile data breaches impacting millions of consumers in the past year. And along with the details come the constant reminder to be vigilant. Consumer security expert Gerry Egan says awareness is key, but so is understanding what the thieves are after, so you can make it harder for them to win.
Egan answers some commonly asked questions about shopping and credit card safety:
So what is being stolen and how is it being used?
In point of sale (POS) breaches, thieves are stealing your 16-digit credit card numbers. Those numbers are most useful to thieves (and ...
Unlike April Fools, which only happens once a year, scammers make a living off of fooling users 365 days a year. Here are a number of tricks that scammers use.
Phishing Scams: Whether it’s pretending to be your financial institution or a tweet from someone you know, asking, “Is this photo of you?”, phishing scams are after your login credentials to sites that are important to you. Recently, users of Google Drive and Google Docs were targeted in a sophisticated phishing scam. Phishing remains one of the most common scams used because they work, and as these scams become more innovative, th...
With copycat apps growing on official app stores, it’s harder than ever to know whether an app you’re downloading is genuine. Outside of the big, trusted names, how do you know if an unknown developer with few reviews is really making useful apps, or simply building vehicles for getting malware onto your smartphone? To add an extra layer of reassurance when browsing for new apps, download Norton Mobile Security and use it to scan new apps before you run them – you might be surprised what you find out.
Social media spam
If you’re on Twitter you’ll know how annoying it is to b...
There’s no doubt that technology has made many areas of our lives simpler. We can now access files from any device, anywhere, and we can take full advantage of fast internet speeds to do things that weren’t possible just a few years ago. But as we use more technology, that simplicity can be eroded as our devices demand monthly, weekly, even daily updates. Our software applications add new features we didn’t ask for but have to learn and our documents move from one hard disk to multiple locations around the cloud, each with their own logins and capacity limits.
Technology can greatly impro...
Mobile apps have transformed the way we interact with our smartphones and tablets. If you’re looking for a quick way to access your bank accounts, a tool to make you more productive while on the move, or a game to help pass the time while you’re waiting for a bus, there’s an app for that.
In fact, with over 1 million apps on Google Play, for instance, there are often thousands of options to choose from in each app category. The fact that many can be downloaded in a matter of seconds means that you’re only ever moments away from installing a tool that could bring innovative new functionali...
Today's social media is a crucial tool for business, Companies that use Twitter, Facebook and other tools in an organised and efficient manner can achieve incredible engagement for relatively little cost, and (with a healthy dose of good fortune) a strong social media campaign can take off around the world and do more for brand recognition than traditional advertising. The key is finding the right balance between informal spontaneity and well-planned company output, and it’s a balance a huge number of businesses are finding hard to get right.
Engaging with customers and listening to cons...
Obesity is a known topic of conversation in the United States, with one in three U.S. adults being categorized as overweight. Most of us have come across posts claiming to promote a new weight loss "miracle" in our online experiences. Healthcare experts are constantly reporting that there is "no such thing" as a miracle diet, but, much like a fabled lake monster, or a giant hairy beast in the woods, legends die hard. Scammers are always trying to find new ways to lure in vulnerable dieters who still want to believe that an easy solution exists. They use social media as a vehicle to peddle...
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...
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.