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Don’t get caught with your pants down: 9 ways to not be seen naked on the internet

The leaking of several Hollywood celebrities’ nude photos onto the internet has sparked Bitdefender into action - here are its top tips for not being seen naked online. Here's some advice from the software firm's chief security strategist Catalin Cosoi: 1. Avoid storing pictures on a device Last year, a total of 290,651 devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets were reported stolen In the UK. Smartph...

Bitdefender’s Pick. Alan Turing, Father of Artificial Intelligence!

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] Alan Mathison Turing...

Bitdefender’s Pick. 5 Geeky Gadgets You’d Love

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 and innovative technologies. You'll simply love our pick!  [divide] 1. You’ve been sitting on that chair too long! Take a fitness trainer with you everywhere. Your flesh and blood fitness trainer can't prompt you to ...

Security Breaches Hit Half of Americans; Bitdefender provides security advice

Almost 110 million Americans have been exposed to data theft in the last 12 months, CNNMoney and Ponemon Institute researchers report. Up to 432 million user accounts have been breached, according to the information recorded by the Identity Theft Resource Center and CNNMoney's overview of the security incidents made public last year. Looking at a short summary, the most damaging breaches include some of the...

Two-Factor Authentication: How to set it up

In a world of online connectivity, smarter hacking techniques and obvious privacy concerns, passwords are no longer considered the strongest link in account security. Understating customers’ need for extra protection, Google, Twitter, Facebook and other popular services added a new layer of security to their accounts by implementing two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is a security feature ...

Bitdefender Tech Assist Client Worried about Missing Cat Darlene

Our Tech Assist colleagues are ready to help you fix the toughest tech issues. But sometimes, they are ready to solve even more troubling day-to-day problems, such as losing a cat. Here’s a conversation between Bitdefender Technical Support Expert Cristina Nica and a client who was worried about his cat Darlene. Fred: Hello, hello? Do you hear me? Fred talking here. Cristina: Hi Fred! Welcome to Bitdefender...

10 Things about Nigerian Scams That You Might Not Know

Do you want a piece of a multi-million dollar fortune? Would you be willing to pay, say, a few hundred dollars in upfront banking costs to receive it? Math aside, it’s probably a very bad idea. A typical Nigerian scam combines impersonation with advance fee scams offering a percentage of some fabulous fortune. The Nigerian scam, now so famous even mom knows about it, still accounts for some of the highest l...

Underneath E-mails: Dangerous Attachments

You already know it and we’ve said it plenty of times: never open e-mail attachments or links from unknown senders. Your curiosity can lead you to the darkest Internet corners faster than you think. Today, we continue the ‘Underneath E-mails’ series with a new e-threat: dangerous attachments. 1. What is a malicious attachment? The first purpose of malicious or dangerous attachments is to make users believe ...

Back to School Gadgets: Passing the Autumn Security Test

As summer comes to an end, children, teens and parents start to look for new gadgets for the beginning of the school. Tablets, iPad, iPhone, smartphones, Amazon Kindle, and laptops are among the top choices for the fall, and setting a budget for the purchase is just one of parents’ concerns: handling them smartly and keeping them and the information on them safe becomes a key concern for both parents and ki...

How to prepare a smartphone or tablet for a vacation

On vacation, people generally trade the cumbersome desktops and laptops for the freedom of smartphones and tablets. This presents different security challenges for users, and different threats to handle. Problems may appear from device theft or loss, unknowingly downloading apps that install malware or steal sensitive information and links and attachments in unwanted e-mails that lead users to compromised w...

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