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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...

The Ultimate Guide to Secure Your Social Media Account

How would you feel about a complete stranger knowing intimate details about your life? How about your bank details? Well, the intimate details that you and millions of others upload to social media accounts every day may not be as secure as you think. Scams are often inventively disguised to hack your details or cause you to download vicious malware, such as links to “Win an iPad!”, private messages from ha...

Tricky Shopping: When Extra Safety Measure Becomes Security Breach

What can happen when you send your banking information to the support department after the transaction, to “secure your payment?” Nothing good, as a friend of mine recently discovered while shopping online. This is a complicated story we both tried to untangle to send out a warning about extra safety measures that may become a security breach. It started with a couple of perfumes my tech-savvy friend wanted...

Keep Your Laptop Safe While Surfing through Wi-Fi Hotspots (Infographic)

If it’s summer, it’s time for frappe cappuccinos in the open air at the local coffee shop, at the pool, in airports, hotel lobbies, in-flight or on the beach. Surfing the web for the latest news, e-mails, bank estimates or social accounts feed is done mostly via public Wi-Fi. The relaxing atmosphere of surfing at the beach, however, makes it easy to forget about the sharks. Connecting to an unsecured networ...

The Antivirus Secures Your Passwords Too

People spend endless hours in front of their PCs. Most have significantly moved their social, financial and business interactions to the online environment. No wonder. While checking e-mails, people can also chat with friends on Skype, browse their Facebook feeds and wait for an online transaction to finalize. Online shopping or paying bills online, e-banking, connecting to social networking accounts, loggi...

Five Barriers to Parent-Child Communication: Bridging Gaps with Parental Control

We humans are a rare species when it comes to parenting.  We are conflicted between excessive care and a willingness to let them loose. We are eager to be their friends, but also to set firm boundaries. We want all their problems to vanish in a blink of an eye, but we also want to prepare them to face hardships on their own. We suffer when they make mistakes, but we don’t let them see our suffering. All the...

Ubisoft Breached, Sensitive Account Data Leaked

Game publisher Ubisoft was breached and unauthorized parties accessed customers’ usernames, e-mail addresses and hashed passwords. Ubisoft urges all account owners to change their passwords at once. The French firm emailed its customers, informing them that “credentials were stolen and used to illegally access our online network” giving unauthorized people access to users’ accounts. No further details on th...

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