Threats

The WannaCry Ransomware Attack

By: Emma Kavanagh   The WannaCry ransomware attack is a massive cybersecurity attack that struck organizations around the world in 99 different countries on Friday, May 12, including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and more. It exploits a vulnerability (known as “Eternal Blue”) in Microsoft Windows that was reportedly identified by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and exposed by The ShadowBrokers, an online group that has repeatedly published NSA code in a “protest” against US President Donald Trump. The WannaCry ransomware will appear on affected computers and lock all files, preventing user access. The screen will…
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Security

Top 10 Security Tips

By: Emma Kavanagh   The Internet is an amazing place, but just like with any public space, people must use caution when they’re visiting in order to stay safe. Cyber criminals lurk around every corner, just waiting to find an opening to steal information, vandalize a computer, or send unwanted advertising. However, by following these Top 10 security tips, computer users can consider themselves and their computers safer. You are your own best security. Having the No. 1 rated Internet security software, anti-virus protection, spam guards, firewalls, and other protections won’t do a bit of good if a computer user…
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Security

Internet Security Essentials

By: Emma Kavanagh   The Internet is a tool that most people use on a regular, if not daily, basis. It has made working, playing and communicating much more convenient and efficient. It has also made it much easier for bad guys to target and strike individuals. Seeking personal data that can lead to identity theft, these criminals manage to bilk millions of dollars out of unsuspecting victims every year. So, how can computer users protect themselves while they use the Internet to their own advantage? Here are the essentials of Internet security anyone with a computer should be aware…
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Privacy

What is Social Engineering?

By: Emma Kavanagh   Why spend the time, resources and even money it might cost to hack a computer to steal data and personal information when it’s just easier to get a victim to hand over the desired information willingly? That, according to Microsoft, is the crux of social engineering. This insidious form of cyber theft involves playing on people’s emotions and trust to get them to knowingly divulge information or download spyware that can send the bad guys down a trail that leads directly to personal data, such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card accounts and…
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Privacy

How Vulnerable Is Your Computer?

By: Emma Kavanagh From the moment you plug in a computer for the very first time  to the second it’s properly decommissioned from use, that machine and the data it stores are vulnerable to attack. Viruses, hackers, spyware, social engineering ploys and other threats are just a few of the risks any ordinary computer owner faces. Understanding vulnerabilities and their various types can provide a solid line of defense against attacks and other threats. Just What is a Computer Vulnerability Anyway? In simple terms, vulnerability covers any weakness or potential weakness that enables an unwanted person or program to access…
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Social Media

Are You Getting Too Social Online?

By: Emma Kavanagh Can’t stop looking at Facebook updates to learn the latest from friends, family, celebrities and businesses? Can you hammer out 140-character messages in your sleep? Enjoy daydreaming about your hobbies while perusing pictures on Pinterest? Is keeping up with what’s happening with friends via Google+ your new favorite pastime? If you answered yes to any of these, you might just be getting a little too social online. Social media is fantastic for helping keep people up with what’s happening around town, the nation and even the world. Sites like Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter allow family and friends…
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