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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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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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Cookies and Your Online Privacy: #30SecTech video

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...
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The Real Cost of Free: #30SecTech Video

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...
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How do Hackers Steal Passwords: #30SecTech Video

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, ...
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Pandora #BoldlyGo Concert Series feat G. Love & Special Sauce

WHAT: Join us for the Norton #BoldlyGo Concert Series, an exclusive performance by G. Love & Special Sauce, open to an intimate audience* of Norton, Pandora, and G. Love fans! HOW TO ATTEND: From Monday, November 3 through Friday, November 7 be one of the first 5 replies to our Daily #BoldlyGo Concert Series tweet and get free access to see G. Love in San Francisco, CA Date: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 Time: Doors at 7:00 pm Location: 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Giveaway Details* U.S. only giveaway Must be 21+ years old Concert held at The Chapel in San Francisco, ...
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Securing the Internet of Things - #30SecTech video

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 ...
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Point of Sale Malware Attacks Explained - #30SecTech

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...
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Get to Know Firewalls 101 - #30SecTech

As the name implies, a firewall is a protective barrier and its job is similar to that of a physical firewall. They stand between your computer and the rest of the digital world to keep you protected from online threats. A firewall is a software program or piece of hardware that secures your computer by limiting who can send you information. All information entering or leaving a network passes through a firewall, which either allows or blocks information based on specified security criteria. How does a firewall protect you? They prevent unauthorized users from ...
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Holiday Security Tips: an Online Shopping Checklist

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. Read more: The 12 Scams of Holidays Past What is the Safest Way to Pay This Holiday Season?
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Pandora #BoldlyGo Concert Series feat Thurston Moore

WHAT: Join us for the Norton #BoldlyGo Concert Series, an exclusive performance by Thurston Moore, open to an intimate audience* of Norton, Pandora, and Thurston Moore fans! HOW TO ATTEND: On Monday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 9 be one of the first replies to our Daily #BoldlyGo Concert Series tweet, via @NortonOnline, and get free VIP access to see Thurston Moore in NY, NY Date: Thursday December 11th, 2014 Time: Doors at 7:00 pm Location: Marlin Room @ Webster Hall Giveaway Details* U.S. only giveaway Must be 21+ years old Concert held at Marlin Room @ Webster Hall 12/11/201...
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Digital Security Tips for Connected Fans

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...
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Digital Security Tips for Connected Fans

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. While...
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How do Zero-Day Vulnerabilities work: #30SecTech

What is a software vulnerability? In the world of cyber security, vulnerabilities are unintended flaws found in software programs or operating systems. Vulnerabilities can be the result of improper computer or security configurations and programming errors. If left unaddressed, vulnerabilities create security holes that can be exploited by cybercriminals. Why do vulnerabilities pose security risks? Hackers write code to target a specific security weakness and package it into exploit malware, a type malicious software that takes advantage of a vulnerability in o...
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What Is a Virus #30SecTech

A computer virus, much like a flu virus, is designed to spread from host to host and has the ability to replicate itself. Similarly, in the same way that viruses cannot reproduce without a host cell, computer viruses cannot reproduce and spread without programming such as a file or document. In more technical terms, a computer virus is a type of malicious code or program written to alter the way a computer operates and that is designed to spread from one computer to another. A virus operates by inserting or attaching itself to a legitimate program or document that...
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Spring Cleaning to Secure Your Digital Life

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...
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Norton – Better, Faster, Stronger and Committed to Your Online Security

At the heart of every Norton improvement is you, real people in real-world situations. Take a look at how our commitment to your security has evolved Norton.

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Mobile Security Smarts: How Hack-Proof are Your Mobile Habits?

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...
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The Future of the Connected Home: Security in the Internet of Things

4.9 billion connected things are expected to be in use in 2015, increasing to 25 billion by 2020. Many of these smart devices can be found in the connected home. Symantec researchers have found that smart home devices have basic security issues, such as weak authentication and common web vulnerabilities. These can be exploited by hackers posing a privacy and security risk. Safeguards against vulnerabilities and smart security best practices are essential to protecting the connected home from cybercrime. Take a look at common risks and actionable tips to stay safe in the internet of things...
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10 Facts About Today's Cybersecurity Landscape That You Should Know

The cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving with new threats and never-before-seen vulnerabilities being discovered by security experts and, just as likely, exploited by cybercriminals at a fast pace. Breaking news alerts of widespread data breaches or high-profile hacks serve as reminders of the need for security online, but the flood of information can also be overwhelming. Let this cut through the clutter - Here are 10 facts you need to know about today's cybersecurity landscape:   1: Cybercriminals are using more zero-day vulnerabilities than ever before. A new zero-day vuln...
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How a Gmail Password Stealing Scam Works

Sophisticated cybercriminals have devised a way to steal email credentials that bypasses two-factor authentication security and doesn’t rely on otherwise easy-to-spot phishing methods. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself from this email password stealing scam. Who is affected? Symantec researchers have found this scam largely targets Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail users. However, everyone with an email account should be aware of how this scam works to avoid falling victim. See how the scam works. In just a few quick steps, cybercriminals trick victims into disclosing email ...
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Why Hackers Love Public WiFi

A free Wi-Fi connection in a public space can seem like a lifesaver when you’re on the go. But if you decide to use public Wi-Fi, just be aware that you could be making yourself an easy target for hackers — and putting your information and more at risk. Online Crime Takes Many Forms The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report announced that 594 million people around the world were victims of cybercrime in 2015, with 21% of Americans getting their email hacked and 12% having their financial data stolen after shopping online. With public Wi-Fi available everywhere, what seems like a conveni...
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Is Your Identity Exposed? Tips to Secure Your Identity Online

Did you know that 429 million identities were exposed in 2015? Findings from the 2016 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report show that this number actually hides a bigger story. While there was a record number of 9 mega breaches in this year, companies are not required to disclose the full extent of a data breach. The total number of people affected by a data breach and whose identity is compromised as a result could be much greater. A conservative estimate by Symantec accounting for unreported breaches pushes the number of records lost in a data breach to more than a half billion, in ...
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Can a mobile phone battery track you?

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...
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Can the Elections Get Hacked?

The security of electronic voting machines has been the subject of scrutiny, just before the November U.S. presidential elections. Are they secure? Are they anonymous? And if the answer is yes, how can we possibly know? A Symantec security expert recently demonstrated just what a motivated hacker can do to undermine the election by hacking an electronic voting machine.  Can Hackers Hack the Election? At the Black Hat convention this year, Symantec’s Brian Varner demonstrated a security flaw in an electronic voting machine and the smart card a voter would use to place their vote. Using...
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Malware can come from anywhere…

Earlier today I came across a CNET blog entry wherein Ina Fried discusses the recent purchase of a refurbished iPod that arrived with a virus on it.  Although Ina's article is about an iPod, it reinforces the reality of today's threat landscape: malware can come from anywhere. As we look at the Genesis of Computer Viruses (see The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense, by Peter Szor), we can't help but remember the days when the vast majority of personal computer malware spread via physical interaction between computers, usually in the form of floppy disks.  These early viruses operat...
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Stop Stressing: 10 Internet Safety Rules To Help Keep Your Family Safe Online

Children today can access more information than any generation before. Because of the Internet they now have a wealth of information that can enrich their lives in new and wondrous ways. But the Internet also has the potential to harm us, and the people we love. Too often we read about another company falling victim to a cyber attack, or a friend’s email or social network account being hacked. These dangers are real. And though there are real reasons to protect your kids and your data from cyber thieves, you shouldn’t need to shy away from the advantages the Internet has to offer your f...
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What's The REAL Cost of 'Free'?

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. Advertising 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...
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Android vs iOS: Which is More Secure?

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...
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Dr. Strangebug, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept Heartbleed

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...
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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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New Zero Day Internet Explorer Bug

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 ...
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When It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is (A Scam)

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. Bad behavior   An incredible 38% of mobile users have experienced cybercrime, and it’s often down to their own behaviour. More than half of...
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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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Antivirus-Only Is Dead. Long Live Security!

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...
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Time-Saving Software To Simplify Your Life

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...
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How Safe Is That App? Mobile Security Expert Tips To Help Protect Your Mobile Device.

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...
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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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Securing Your Small Business Social Media Plan

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...
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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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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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Symantec Security Detects Dragonfly's Energy Sector-Targeting Cyber Schemes

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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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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Security Experts 'Pin' So-Called Miracle Diets As Social Scams

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...
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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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Android Security Bug Uses “Fake ID” To Access User Information

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