- July 6th, 2015
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Online Privacy, Online Safety
Trojans are malicious programs in disguise.
You may find yourself overwhelmed these days with the quantity of technical computer terms in ordinary news reports. After all, what with so many companies and governments getting hacked, online security is front-page news on a regular basis.
To help you keep abreast of the lingo, we’ve compiled a short glossary of some malware types that you may have read about lately. So if anyone says “What the heck is the difference between a Trojan and a virus?” at your next weekend BBQ, you’ll have an answer.
- June 29th, 2015
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PC security, Uncategorized
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.
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.
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.
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.