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4 Steps to Fight Ransomware!

4 Steps to Fight Ransomware!

If the WannaCry virus missed you, the next one might not. If you missed the news (or saw the headlines but didn’t have time to check it out), there was a global hack attack of the ransomware variety the second week of May (2017). It struck 150 countries, thousands of companies and millions of computer…

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What Are Companies Doing to Beat Hackers?

With all the recent news about hackers and huge online attacks—think of the cyber attack on Sony Corp. in late 2014—it’s easy to think that hackers have the upper hand in the cyber wars. But that’s not the case. One reason it seems that way is that when large companies (Sony, Target, Home Depot) or…

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Not Fake News: Fake IRS Agents are Calling You

Tip of the Day. The IRS Doesn’t Make Phone Calls. Every time tax season rolls around, so does tax-scam season. In 2016, a common scam was for online thieves, pretending to be agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to send emails to U.S. tax-paying citizens and demanding payments. In 2017, scammers once again turn…

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Evil Twin Wi-Fi. A hacker

Evil Twin Wi-Fi Hotspots: What Are They and How Can You Protect Yourself?

Public Wi-Fi is great. It’s convenient, and it’s free — it always feels good when you can save a few megabytes of your mobile data. But do you ever stop and think for a moment before connecting to a public Wi-Fi network? The emergence of evil twin Wi-Fi hotspots indicates that you should. Evil twin…

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Dyn Attack – Anatomy of a Coordinated Hack Attack

Hackers never rest. They will seize any opportunity to take down websites or prevent you from reaching the websites you want to visit. In October of 2016, an online company that monitored and routed Internet traffic for millions of people went down for almost 12 hours. Just another hack story, right? Yes, but you should…

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DDoS attacks Can Crash Websites... With Your Help!

DDoS Website Attacks: Is Your Computer Involved?

Not all hackers are out to steal your identity or even your money. Sometimes, like real-life street vandals, hackers just want to disrupt business-as-usual for a company for no reason other than just to do it. That’s the idea behind an attack known as a Distributed Denial of Service, or “DDoS.” A DDoS is aimed…

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Here are 13 Smart Ways to Protect Yourself Online

Make it HARD for Strangers to Steal Your DATA!

Personal data privacy should be your personal mission! One phrase that was in the news (and still is) at the end of 2016 was “Russian hackers.” Online overseas criminals were being blamed for hundreds of data breaches, including interfering with the Presidential election. If there was ANYTHING good to come out of all that news,…

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Your smartphone could be hi-jacked by Bitcoin-seeking cybercrooks

Is Cryptocurrency “Mining Malware” the New Ransomware?

Your smartphone could be hi-jacked by cryptocurrency-seeking cybercrooks. Since Bitcoin’s high-profile year, the increasing popularity and real-world significance of cryptocurrencies has drawn the attention of cybercriminals and dramatically changed the threat landscape. Drive-by mining is an automated, silent and platform-agnostic technique that forces visitors to a website to mine for cryptocurrency. Malware-based miners are providing…

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