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10 Tips to Safeguard Your Photos like a Pro Photographer

Pictures are among our most valuable digital assets. They are also the most popular type of file stored or shared via cloud services. Statistics show that 82% of people who use internet storage space do so to safeguard their photos against accidents. But what about professional photographers who take thousands of photos at wedding or performances? Even the most experienced digital artists have admitted to d...

Configure Windows 10 like a privacy pro

Windows 10 has only been around for a couple of days, but it is running on more than 67 million computers worldwide already. The new operating system is being aggressively pushed to all Windows users who own a valid license for Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, provided they want the upgrade and their computer meets the minimum requirements. The average of 11 million new customers per day is somehow understandabl...

Travel Scams Are Back, Expedia Customers Victims of Phishing

It’s that time of the year -- scammers are taking advantage of people looking to book a room over the holidays. Expedia, one of the largest travel sites in the world, warns about a phishing scam targeting unsuspecting customers, according to news reports. Source: expedia.com Some Expedia customers have been emailed and called from someone pretending to work at the reputable company, after a breach at a thir...

How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Ransomware – Part III

Before we proceed, here is a quick catch-up, in case you’ve missed the first two articles describing what ransomware is and how it works:  Part I and Part II. By now, it looks like there’s no escape from ransomware, especially since it also targets mobile devices, threatening to lock users out of their smartphones or tablets. Remember Koler? Unfortunately, encrypted communications between attackers and elus...

Money or Data? The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Ransomware – Part I

Not long ago, a man committed suicide after an automatically generated notice from a computer virus threatened him with jail unless he paid a ransom thousands of dollars. The year was 2014. As incredible as the story seems, it marked the first known time a computer virus actually killed somebody. The next generations stole cash from users around the globe, and Cryptolocker raised the stakes - holding data o...

The Truth Behind Alternative Passwords

Weak passwords are known as the soft spot of any online security strategy. Hackers regularly break into website databases, steal passwords and then use them to access user accounts. Even when passwords are encrypted, cyber-criminals often find ways to crack them. So it was only natural for users and security specialists to think of new ways to secure accounts and devices. Here is an overview of the newest a...

Bitdefender’s Pick. The Digital Dilemma: How new technologies can jeopardize the movies

What is Bitdefender's Pick? We might be a security company, but our interests spin way beyond creating virus signatures and identifying new malware. We also keep our eyes peeled for new gadgets, innovative technologies and geeky events. You'll simply love our pick!  [divide] Huge IT-related scandals like the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack or the Snowden revelations have somehow loomed over the Oscar cerem...

Let’s Create a Better Internet

Proper manners are as important online as they are offline. However, few people actually commit to being a good example in their online community. Maybe it’s because they’re confused by all the cyber noise around them? Anyhow, today is Safer Internet Day 2015, a day that reminds users of the role they play in helping create a better and safer online community. To become a better cybercitizen and enjoy your...

Is Data Privacy Vanishing? Not if YOU do something about it

We all speak in favor of data protection, but what about our actions? Internet users claim to care about their privacy and financial data but, in reality, an alarming number of them fail to take basic measures to secure their bank accounts or digital identity. Despite fears of being hacked, 30% of Americans reuse their passwords for all their online accounts, as discovered in a recent study  by Bitdefender,...

Bitdefender’s Pick. Celebrating Asimov, the writer who focused on AI and coined the term ‘robotics’

What is Bitdefender's Pick? The enlightened minds of mathematicians, cryptographers, engineers, physicists, inventors and others have shaped the computer and the Internet into what we know today. Some of them also caught a glimpse of the future and envisioned the technology we are using now or are about to see. Keeping an eye on the visionaries helps us prepare for the future.  [divide] Sci-Fi fans from the...

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