To understand the importance of privacy in the digital age, one must understand exactly what it is before it can be valued. There seems to be a good number of people in the “I’m not doing anything wrong, therefore, I have nothing to hide” camp. Well, we are here to bust that myth. The truth of the matter is, right or wrong, we have everything to hide.
What Is Privacy?
Privacy is closing your bedroom curtains when getting ready for bed. Privacy is visiting with your doctor behind closed doors. While in real life this type of privacy comes naturally, with little thought, in the digital s...
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...
The new Norton AntiVirus 2011 and Norton Internet Security 2011 beta products include several new and improved features which I'm going to detail here.
In our 2009 products, we introduced Norton Insight which dramatically improved performance by not scanning known good files.
In 2010 products, we went one step further by using reputation data to mark files as good, bad or unknown.
With 2011, we are enhancing this even more by providing fine-grained reputation information about files and by allowing users to perform a Reputation Scan of their files. You...
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...
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...
You don’t have to be a super geek to protect yourself from cyber criminals and hackers. Sure they might know more about computers and software than you do. However, there are basic defenses available to help you stand up against even the most sophisticated online threats.
Today, most of us have multiple devices to access the Internet. All of these devices create a latticework of information that links to you personally. If one device is unprotected, it could be compromised in a way that affects all the others. That’s because most of us use different devices to access many of the same pers...
If you’re like most Internet users, you’ve never even heard of grayware, adware or madware. That’s because these are all lower on the threat scale in the world of malicious programming. What’s more, they toe the line between legitimate programs and actively harmful applications.
Here’s your quick guide to the new wave of code you don’t want on your computer:
What Is Grayware?
Grayware is a more succinct name for “potentially unwanted programs.” It’s not a virus and it’s not as obviously malicious as a lot of other problematic code floating around on the Internet. Make no mistake about...
980 data breaches occurred in 2016. That left an approximate 35,233,317 known records exposed. Over the years, data breaches have become more sophisticated, and cybercriminals target both large corporations and small businesses.
2016 saw a string of data breaches that left sensitive information of millions of people at the mercy of cybercriminals. In addition to financial consequences, these data breaches ruined customer trust and the reputation of the companies in question.
As we look back at 2016 here are some of the most impactful data breaches that shook the world.
117 Million Lin...
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...
What would your company do if an employee's device was lost, or even worse, stolen? Does your business have measures in place to protect the data on the device?
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 ...
Malware isn’t just for laptops and desktops. In fact, it can be a lot easier for malware to end up on your mobile phone or tablet than your computer. When it comes to mobile malware, a little bit of paranoia goes a long way. Malicious apps can steal your personal information, including sensitive financial information that can then be used to steal your identity. A lot of malware ends up on your phone due to malicious apps. So what are signs that you might already have a malicious app on your phone?
Slow Internet Connections
A slow Internet connection doesn’t always mean malware, but it...
According to several studies on cost of ownership, users should replace their computer devices every four years. Not everyone will need to upgrade his or her computer every four years, but it’s a good rule to follow to ensure your data is safe and properly protected online.
To help you remember, every time we have a leap year ask yourself: when was the last time I bought a new computer? If you can’t remember, chances are you may be due for an upgrade. Once you’re ready to make the switch, you’ll need to follow a few steps to ensure your old technology has been properly wiped and recycled,...
Every day more of the country gets better, faster Wi-Fi coverage. But that doesn’t stop your signal at home from dropping off or grinding to a halt every now and then. Here are the latest tips from our top experts on how to get the most from your home Wi-Fi service.
There have been a few high profile news stories about iOS app vulnerabilities lately. Although only effecting niche markets, what do these attacks mean for the future of iOS security?
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 ...
Meet Zach Latta, a 17-year-old student who started HackEDU to bring coding to high schools across the country.
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!
Have you ever run your Internet security software only to find out that there’s malware on your computer? How did it get there? When you’re running a full Internet security suite, it can be very frustrating to find out that, despite your best efforts, there’s malware on your computer anyway. The fight against malware is a complicated arms race of sorts. Here’s how it works.
The Four Components of the Malware Arms Race
There are three main players in the malware arms race:
The malware coders are, unfortunately, generally the winners of the arms race. They write mali...
With this little known exploit, a mobile phone’s battery life can actually be used to track online behavior. Security researchers have found that the battery status API of mobile devices can be used to track people online. In some instances, this can be used to upsell services purchased through a mobile app, ride sharing “surge pricing” for example. How else can this be used? Here’s what you need to know about the privacy and security issues raised.
What is the Battery Status API
The Battery Status API was introduced in HTML5, and this was intended to give site owners information so th...
Early on a Wednesday evening, I received a call from my doctor. Her voice, frantic on the line, proclaims, “I’m so happy to hear your voice- the strangest thing happened today. You were marked in our system as deceased for about 20 minutes.” I paused for a moment out of shock, and assured her I was very much alive and well. She went on to explain how she’d never seen anything like it before. As the initial shock wore off, we started to have a bit of a laugh on how bizarre this was.
With the New Year ahead, and cyber threats continuing to loom over businesses, 2015 will likely bring more sophisticated and complex attacks. Security analysts called 2013 “The Year of The Mega Breach.” According to Symantec’s 2014 Internet Security Threat Report, businesses saw a 91 percent increase in targeted attacks and a 62 percent increase in the number of breaches. Additionally, the recent string of credit card breaches targeting major retailers also provide further reminder that cybercrime remains prevalent and that cyber threats show no sign of slowing down. The exploitable vuln...
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...
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; ...
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...
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.
Realizing your mobile device has been stolen is a sickening feeling, and often one that elicits panic. As challenging as it may be, you must remain calm so you can take the necessary steps to retrieve the device, or at least keep your data protected. You may never see your phone again, but you’ll know that your personal information is safe from those who would abuse it.
Let the Right People Know
The first thing to do is to let the authorities know your mobile device was stolen. File a report with the police—not only is this helpful for insurance purposes but it also increases recovery ch...
Happy Thanksgiving from Norton!
Our daily and digital lives overlap each other. Since our personal safety takes precedence over everything, it’s safe to say that our digital security is a close second.
The price of digital safety
It’s hard to put a price tag on digital safety. Take malware for example. These sneaky little codes find their way into your devices and transmit your personal information to computers far away that are operated by fraudsters. The end result could translate into anything from cybercriminals draining your bank account to holding all your information hostage by freezing your device and asking ...
We're sure you've heard about the multitude of celebrity photos that were leaked from iCloud accounts. Read on to find out how it was done, and how you can secure your own iCloud account to make sure something like that doesn't happen to you.
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...
In recent news, more and more reports have surfaced about data breaches impacting millions of consumers. Many of these data breaches involve a business’s point of sale. The main objective of point of sale (POS) breaches is to steal your 16-digit credit card numbers. Sixty percent of Point of Sale (POS) transactions are performed via credit card, which means big business for cybercriminals (individual credit cards can be sold for up to 100 dollars apiece). The industries most affected by POS data breaches are usually restaurants, retail stores, grocery stores and hotels. The mainstream me...
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!
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.
With holiday gift-giving going mobile, are you eyeing a new device?
More than half of holiday shoppers plan to purchase a tech accessory this season, with TVs, tablets, and smartphones topping many wishlists. While two-thirds of those shoppers plan to use a mobile device to help them make holiday purchases (according to ce.org).
Do you have the right habits to keep a shiny new device secure? Put your mobile habits to the security test.
Top takeaways for smarter mobile security.
Be cautious of connecting to public wi-fi and mobile hotspots while you’re on the go. These networks are n...
Falling for an email scam is something that can happen to anyone. It’s a frightening concept, and one that frequently results in undiluted panic. Also known as a phishing scam, an email scam involves using email and fraudulent websites to steal sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, account data, addresses, and more.
Fraudulent emails are crafted to appear legitimate, such as messages from your bank or another trusted source. They request personal information, which criminals then use for identity theft.
So what should you do if you find yourself a victim of an e...
You could call mobile devices the new frontier for malware. Malware often appears on mobile devices in the form of an app. These apps sometimes include malicious code that makes the app do things it’s not supposed to do – such as broadcast your location information while you’re searching local maps.
Of all the mobile providers and systems, Android appears to be the most vulnerable to invasion by malware because of the openness of its platform. The flexibility that makes for so many awesome apps has the slight downside of leaving open some security vulnerabilities. But fear not! You can pr...
We are very excited to release Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2011. After undergoing months of Beta testing, getting feedback from our enthusiastic Norton community and incorporating much of that feedback, we are finally releasing what we think are our best products to date.
While this post is somewhat similar to the 2011 Beta post, it has some important additions that warrant an update.
2011 Security Features
In our 2009 products, we introduced Norton Insight which dramatically improved performance by not scanning known good files.
In 2010 products, we w...
Introducing the new Norton Security. At Norton, we understand that as a busy family in today's connected world, you don't have a lot of time to spend researching Internet Security. That's why we've created the new Norton Security. One comprehensive product, that protects all of your devices.
Cyber criminals are not run-of-the-mill street hooligans. Assailants of online crimes are educated, tech-savvy, sophisticated individuals who don’t care if you prefer PC to Mac or vice versa. There has been considerable debate in the tech arena regarding the security of one machine over the other. Are PCs more prone to cyber attacks? Is a Macbook really less vulnerable to online threats? The debate wages on.
For a long time Mac users enjoyed a period of peace—they felt impervious to threats, only to realize years later that the sophisticated hacker would eventually evolve to this platform...
A distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack is one of the most powerful weapons on the Internet. Most times that you hear about a website being “brought down by hackers” what that means is that it’s become a victim of a DDoS. A distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack is one of the most powerful weapons on the Internet. Most times that you hear about a website being “brought down by hackers” what that means is that it’s become a victim of a DDoS.
Thanks to the Internet, booking travel online is simple. But as your ideas of a spring break or summer vacation take shape, remember to be cautious when making reservations online. The number of phony travel booking websites is growing because they’re so successful at scamming consumers. Learn what to do so you don’t take a quick trip to Fraudville instead of your dream destination.
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...
Your business shares sensitive data with the vendors it works with, such as CPAs and payroll companies. Is your business asking the right questions to these vendors to ensure that data stays secure?
What is Data Privacy Day?
Launched January 28th 2008 as an extension of Europe’s Data Protection Day celebration, Data Privacy Day (DpD) aims to empower and educate consumers and businesses about the importance of data privacy and the affect of their digital footprint.
DpD is a series of events online and offline intended to bring awareness of the importance of privacy and how to protect it.
Why is Privacy Important?
There are many reasons why maintaining your privacy online is important. Protecting your privacy helps impede the theft of financial information and identities. Howeve...
Have you heard of something called cyber hygiene? Surely brushing teeth and taking showers isn’t something we traditionally associate with technology—yet the term is a useful metaphor for those of us who need to make smart decisions about our smart devices.
Good hygiene is something we’re taught as children and something that generally sticks with us for the rest of our lives. It involves three basic principles: using products/tools that fit our hygiene needs, performing these hygienic tasks correctly, and establishing a routine.
But what does that have to do with your computer?
A major new survey titled reveals that 76 percent of Australian women under the age of 30 have experienced online harassment. This International Women’s Day, let’s make the online world a safer one.
In 2015, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull invested $100 million in a Women’s Safety Package. At the launch of the package, Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women and Employment, said ‘all women in Australia and their children should be safe at home, should be safe on the streets and should be safe online’.
As a senior leader at an online security company and mother of a teenage girl, I have a uniq...
Believe it or not, accessing the deep web is easier than you think. In fact, you’ve probably already done it. The media hasn’t done a great job of differentiating what’s considered deep web, and what is actually dark web—two similar titles for two very different things.
What Is the Deep Web?
The deep web is just what it sounds like: below the surface and not completely dark.
Search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing are able to search and index websites because of links; they use links to rank search results according to things like relevancy, inbound links, and keywords. But that’s w...
A Symantec study found that consumers who were most concerned about privacy and security were least likely to be vigilant about what and how information was being used by their free apps.
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, ...