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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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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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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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Ransomware- 5 Do's And Don'ts

Guest Post By Kevin Haley, director, Symantec Security Response I despise all forms of bullying. Perhaps the one I hate most of all is where the bully takes a personal item, snatching it from you, and refuses to give it back. It’s dangled right in front of you, but held just out of reach. You’ll only get it back after doing whatever the bully wants. Ransomware is an on-line form of the bully’s game of keep-away. Here, the bully gets on your computer and takes your personal files -words documents, photos, financial information, all the things you care about. Those files are still on your ...
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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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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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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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How To Recognize and Avoid Tech Support Scams

A tech support scam is a form of Internet fraud that is currently gaining momentum on the Internet. The scam implements social engineering and fear tactics in order to get the victim to take the bait.  There are three main ways this scam is executed- via cold calls, pop-up messages on the computer and incorrect search engine results.

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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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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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How to Protect Your New Tech

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, and a time when many receive new gadgets. If you’re the type that regularly receives smartwatches, wearable tech, and other gadgets as gifts, understanding how best to protect them is very important.

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How to Keep Your Personal Information Safe on Social Media

Social media runs a significant portion of people’s social lives.  We use it to connect with far-flung friends and family, send quick messages to co-workers, and announce major (and minor) events in our lives.

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Thanksgiving - Cybersecurity Technologies We're Thankful for and Why

Thanksgiving not only marks the start of the fantastic holiday season—it’s also a time to reflect on what you’re thankful for. One of the many things to be thankful for this holiday is cybersecurity, which has gotten more and more advanced as of late.

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How to Clean Up Your Online Digital Footprint

Your “digital footprint” includes all traces of your online activity, from commenting on news pieces or social media to making online purchases.  When you know the boundaries of your digital footprint, and take steps to control it, you can protect your identity and your reputation.

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Safe Online Shopping For The Holiday Season

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means many of us will be making purchases online to avoid large crowds and busy mall traffic, especially during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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Encryption: How To Utilize it Online and Why It’s Important

Encryption is the process of protecting personal data, often with a form of “secret code,” so that it cannot be read by anyone who doesn’t have the code key.  Today, huge amounts of personal information are managed online, via computer applications, and stored in the cloud, or servers with an ongoing connection to the Web.

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DOS Attacks Explained

A “denial of service” or DOS attack is used to tie up a website’s resources so that users who need to access the site cannot do so. Many major companies, have been the focus of DOS attacks in recent years. Because a DOS attack can be easily engineered from nearly any location, finding those responsible can be next to impossible.

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The Norton Cyber Hero Video Series Volume Three: Diana Shafer

So far, we've uncovered some amazing young people during our search for the next cyber heroes! In our third installment of this series....

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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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The Most Common Threats Children Face Online

Children are among the most active Internet users, and are unfortunately subject to a number of threats. If you allow your children to spend considerable time surfing the web, it’s important to know what threats they face so you may deal with them accordingly.

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What Is Malvertising?

Malvertising is a shortened term for malicious advertising, and is defined as using online advertising to spread malware. Malvertising requires placing malware-laden advertisements on legitimate web pages and through authentic online advertising networks in order to infect a web browser and device. Often, it’s very difficult to distinguish between legitimate and malicious online ads.

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Kirby the North Pole IT Elf Presents: Monitoring Your Financial Accounts

Norton has asked the North Pole’s #1 IT Elf to give you some tips for the Holidays. It might sound simple, but the best way to be safe during the Holidays is to monitor your accounts. Here Kirby gives some simple rules to keeping an eye on your accounts and what to do if you see some thing that shouldn’t be there. Kirby gives you simple steps to stay safe
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Kirby the North Pole IT Elf Presents: Old School vs Digital Wallets

Now that payments are regularly being made from phones and watches, Kirby gives you a run down of why digital wallets are becoming more popular, how they work and some issues to consider.
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Kirby the North Pole IT Elf Presents: Paper or Plastic

Our favorite holiday IT elf is back with some more holiday shopping tips! This week he reviews "paper or plastic," and we're not talking about grocery bags. 

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Kirby the North Pole IT Elf Presents: Holiday Scams

Meet Kirby the IT Elf, and Santa's right hand technology man. As the Holidays quickly approach, so do a fresh crop of scams. In this episode, Kirby highlights the most popular scams this year, how to spot them and how to be safe.

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Social Engineering Scams on Social Media

Nobody likes being manipulated—and that’s exactly what happens to people when they fall victim to social engineering scams online. In addition to using more sophisticated malware, ransomware, and viruses, online criminals have become increasingly aware of the use and power psychology plays in weaving believable online fiction. By ‘engineering’ a believable scenario, criminals are able to manipulate users to act on otherwise risky behavior. There’s a dark art to this skill, and it’s one that can cause you and your online network a great deal of distress should you become compromised. Socia...
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Norton Family Premier Receives PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award

The Internet, social media and mobile technology make it harder than ever to keep your kids safe. Norton Family Premier, recent recipient of the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award is an invaluable tool to help you help your kids. Lead Security Analyst at PC Magazine, Neil Rubenking, cited the “impressive range of parental control and monitoring features for parents of today’s hyper-connected kids.”

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Ransomware And The Importance Of Backing Up

Ransomware has a unique and specific agenda, and one that can be entirely avoided if properly understood.

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Cyber Security Best Practices for Employees

Employees are on the front lines of information security. The more that can be done to regularly educate yourself of the

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What is The Deep Dark Web: #30SecTech

There are many layers to the Internet that you may not be aware of. There’s the part that everyone sees Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, news websites and everything else under the search engine sun. This is known as the “surface web.”

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PC or Mac: Which Is More Resistant to Cyber Threats?

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...
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Telltale Signs an App Is Violating Your Privacy

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...
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What Personal Information Should You Safeguard?

Some 10 million identity thefts happen in the United States every year. Taking extra steps to protect your personal information—and knowing what information you need to safeguard—is the best way to prevent identity theft from happening to you. Let’s review this information to help you protect yourself as much as possible: Low Sensitivity Among the information considered “low risk” in regard to personal information sensitivity is your full name, address, and phone number. Medium Sensitivity Information regarded as “medium” in terms of sensitivity includes your date of birth, place of bi...
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Biometrics How Do They Work? Are They Safe?

Biometrics are part of the cutting edge of technology. Put simply, biometrics are any metrics related to human features. Fingerprinting is a very early and simple version of biometrics, like when you login to your phone using your fingerprint. As with any emerging technology, the first question you should ask is if they are safe. How Do Biometrics Work? If you’ve ever put your fingerprint into an device, you have a vague idea of how biometrics work. Basically, you record your biometric information, in this case a fingerprint. The information is then stored, to be accessed later for compa...
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8 Cyber Security Tips for Business Travelers

Whether you’re a regular business traveler, or a high-tech adventurer seeker, traveling—particularly abroad—poses unique cyber security threats. Business travelers are especially vulnerable because they often carry sensitive data, both personal and business related, on a variety of devices including smartphone, laptops, and tablet. Don’t cancel your travel plans just yet. Here are eight cyber security tips for business travelers that are also great tips for anyone planning a holiday abroad: 1. Lock Devices Down Most smartphones, laptops, and tablets come equipped with security settin...
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Your Identity Is Connected to All of Your Devices. Here's How to Protect It.

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...
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Technology Usage and the Physical Effects on Your Body

Sure, there are plenty of amazing positives to technology but, as with most things, a fair share of negatives exists as well. One of the negatives technology presents is the physical effect on the body, including a condition known as “text neck.” Extra strain on the muscles from sitting and reading various devices for long periods of time makes tissue sore and inflamed, and can potentially pull your spine out of alignment. Health experts call this damaging posture “forward head posture.” “Neck muscles, in their proper position, are designed to support the weight of your head, about 10 to ...
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Credit Monitoring Services and Other Anti-Fraud Protection

Identity theft is the most common complaint lodged with the Federal Trade Commission, to the tune of 11.7 million a year. That means roughly one-in-five Americans over the age of 16 have become victims of identity theft. 14 percent of those victims experienced a monetary loss of $1 or more. Half of all victims resolved the issue within a day, but nearly one-third (29 percent) had to spend a month or more getting their life back on track. While identity theft gets a lot of the press, there are other forms of fraud out there, both on the Internet and off. The good news is that there are a my...
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What Is a DDoS Attack? - #30SecTech by Norton

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. 

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6 Tips To Maintain Your Privacy While Searching For Jobs Online

Looking for employment today is dramatically different from how it was just two decades ago. It’s rare to just walk into a business, fill out an application, and get hired within the same day; today’s job hunt often begins and ends online.

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What Are Cookies?

Mention “cookies,” and most people expect a treat to appear. When talking about computers, however, cookies aren’t what’s on the dessert menu. In fact, they’re not even physical objects. Yet they do a great deal of the work that makes it possible for you to browse the Internet—and they can cause trouble if you don’t know how to manage them. Meet the Cookie A computer “cookie” is more formally known as an HTTP cookie, a web cookie, an Internet cookie, or a browser cookie. The name is a shorter version of “magic cookie,” which is a term for a packet of data that a computer receives, then s...
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Good Cyber Hygiene

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? Cyber h...
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What to Do When a Device Is Lost or Stolen

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...
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The Risks of Third Party App Stores

Sure, downloading apps from third-party sites—i.e. not the Apple Store, Android Market, or Blackberry App World—can be all kinds of tempting. However, to do so is to put your device, and therefore yourself, at risk. What Third-Party App Stores Do Dangerous third-party app stores work via malicious advertising or even code. The ads or codes are “injected” into popular apps users purchase through these stores instead of legitimate options. While not all third-party apps are “bad,” many stores bait users by offering popular apps for much cheaper prices, and subsequently put user privacy ver...
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