The Airport Hack That Could Have Happened Anywhere

Planes were grounded at Warsaw's Chopin Airport due to a hack.

A hack caused planes to be grounded at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport for 5 hours.

There was no shortage of major security stories last week, ranging from the Samsung vulnerability that affects some 600 million users to continuing coverage of the leak at the US Government’s Office of Personnel Management. That leak, by the way, now seems to have affected as many as 18 million people, including former, current and prospective federal government.

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Use a Samsung Device? You Might be Highly Hackable!

Samsung A5 (image: Samsung PR)

Samsung A5 (Image: Samsung PR)

If you are one of 600 million Samsung device users worldwide, your mobile security is at risk. That’s because all Samsung devices (yes, even the snazzy new Galaxy S6) are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks on public WiFi. The vulnerability is due to a problem with SwiftKey, a keyboard app that’s preinstalled on all Samsung android devices.

Though Samsung is working feverishly to release a patch, we highly recommend that you protect yourself right now by installing a mobile security app such as ZoneAlarm Capsule that blocks hackers from communicating with your device. Make sure the app you choose includes a VPN that encrypts all incoming and outgoing communications on Public WiFi.

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Don’t Get Burned! 9 Ways to Stay Cyber Safe this Summer

Relax this photo, but make sure you're protected from cyber threats.

Relax this summer, and stay safe online.

As essential as internet security is every single day of the year, June is Internet Security Month, which makes it the perfect time to review what it means to keep your computers, tablets and smartphones as secure as possible.

As you relax into summer, make sure that you are not relaxing your policies of vigilance when it comes to online safety for you and your family.

 

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Are You Among the 1% of Americans That Were Exposed?

Hackers are getting more sophisticated every day.

Massive data breach directly affects at least 4 million people.

Unless you were living under a rock this week (and maybe even then), you’ve heard about the recent data breach affecting the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

The hack involved personnel files relating to 4 million current and former members of the federal government. In other words, about one percent of the entire US population. It affected nearly every single federal agency, exposing people’s names, addresses, social security numbers, job details, training information, and more.

This was one very big hack indeed. It shows that the threat posed by hackers is increasing every day. It shows that everyone needs to take online security seriously. It also shows that all of us could be victims, and this means all of us must be proactive in protecting ourselves.

 

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9 Ways to Avoid Online Shopping Traps (Just in Time for Mother’s Day)

Flowers are a great Mother's Day gift.

Want your Mother’s Day flowers to arrive? Order from a trusted and reputable site.

 

So it’s a week or so before Mother’s Day and you’re thinking about what to get for your mom. Buy her a book on Amazon? Send her a bouquet of flowers via an online florist? Buy tickets online for an upcoming show?

If you’re like millions of sons and daughters, you’ll probably shop for your mother online this year. It’s a great convenience, that’s true, but it also poses hazards. After all, though online shopping is handy, it can lead to trouble.

The potential dangers of online shopping certainly don’t mean your mother should be deprived of a gift this year. Heaven forbid! And they also don’t mean you need to drive cross-country to drop off your gift in person (though she might appreciate that). What they do mean is that if you want to shop online and not get burned, you need to take some precautions.

Here are 9 ways to avoid online shopping traps – just in time for Mother’s Day. Of course, we recommend keeping these tips in mind all year long – your mother will be glad you did!

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