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Avalanche Network Stopped

Finally, FBI, Others Stop the Avalanche Network If you follow stories about online thieves and cyberterrorism, the news is almost always about hackers getting away with a huge, damaging attack. But in early December of 2016, the FBI and the United States Department of Justice released good news to the citizens of the U.S. and…

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The ABCs of Encryption. How does it work? What does it do?

Encryption: What It Is and How It Works

One of the benefits of a virtual private network (VPN), experts will tell you, is that any messages or data transmitted through a VPN are encrypted, which makes it all secure and unreadable. On a larger scale, all bank and credit card websites use encryption for transmitting their customers’ data. But just what does encryption…

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A Recap of the Top Breach Stories in 2018

Worst Data Breaches of 2018

2018 Gave Us Plenty of Hacker News and More Concerns About the Security of Our Personal and Financial Data A major breach of consumer data (your information!) and other troublesome and massive hack attacks are nothing new—and it’s sad we’re getting used to data breach stories. But 2018 saw a surge in reported breach incidents…

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How does geolocation work?

W3C Browser Geolocation

If you’ve looked at an iPod, iPhone, or other smartphones, if you’ve used the Firefox, Chrome, or Opera browsers, or if you’ve used Google in the past couple of years, you’ve probably seen something that points out your location. Indeed, Google has long been able to target local results to your searches based on where…

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“WannaCry” Ransomware Attack is One of the Biggest

Computers around the world are infected. What happened? On Friday, May 12, 2017, a massive cyber attack called WannaCry took place globally, affecting millions of computers, thousands of companies and agencies, and catching most of the world totally off guard. This brand of hack falls under the category of ransomware, which you can learn more…

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What is a Web Server?

Many people know how to drive a car, but have little or no knowledge about how the car actually works. So, too, are many people familiar with how to view and navigate web pages, but have limited knowledge of how those web pages do what they do. Here we will answer the question: “What is…

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What Is Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)?

Almost all of your online activity is made possible through the help of protocols—the special networking-software rules and guidelines that allow your computer to link up to networks everywhere so you can shop, read news, send email and more. (Your IP address, which stands for Internet Protocol, is just one of many.) The protocols are…

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Spam: The Seven Ways Advertiser Emails Go Bad

Spam Laws: The Seven Ways Advertiser Emails Go Bad

Do you still get emails from people, companies and websites that you have no interest in and that you never asked for? If yes, then you’re still being hounded by one of the Internet’s oldest problems: spam. You’d think that by now spam would have been outlawed or something. And you’re right: Because it is…

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