Grandparents Day: Ransom-Proof Your Family’s Mementos

Happy Grandparents Day!

After all the love they have dedicated to you, this is a great opportunity to appreciate and express how you are thankful to your grandparents.

Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day in the United States. It is an observance and not a public holiday.

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Back to School: Protect Essays, Download Apps Safely

It’s time to get back to school. ZoneAlarm brings you 10 tips to help ease the stress and smooth the transition for your family. But before that… here is the tip of the tips! Can you imagine having your kids’ homework, essays and all other school files taken hostage for a ransom? What if they accidentally click on a suspicious link or open an undesired attachment when downloading that super educational app?

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Tip of the Week: U.S. Government Teaches How to Avoid Phishing Attacks

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) strives for a safer, stronger Internet for all Americans by responding to major incidents, analyzing threats, and exchanging critical cyber security information with trusted global partners. The organization’s Security Tip named “Avoiding Phishing Attacks” explains how to avoid being a victim and what to do if you become a victim.

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Don’t Like Mondays? Neither Do Attackers

You can reduce potential damage to your PC by paying attention to when attackers are most likely to strike. Monday may be our least favorite day of the week, but Thursday is when you should watch out for cyber criminals, researchers say. That’s what reports CSO, the security news portal that writes about threats and cyber attacks, and which is affiliated with IDG, the world’s leading tech media company.

Reports from earlier this year say that malicious email attachment message volumes spike more than 38 percent on Thursdays over the average weekday volume. Wednesdays were the second highest days for malicious emails, followed by Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Weekends tend to be low-volume days for email-borne threats, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any, added CSO. Read more…

Tip of the Week: Dads and Moms United Against Ransomware

Friday after work with the kids at the park. Ian on the swings, Max on the teeter-totter with Kayla, and a few of us parents got talking. Laney’s mom, Evan’s dad, just chatting the way we do. And Luke’s parents started telling us about how their PCs got hacked, totally taken over. It wasn’t a regular worm, it was ransomware. The hackers demanded they pay a ransom to unlock their PCs.

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