Internet

Seasonal Online Shopping Security – Are You Ready?

By: Emma Kavanagh ‘Tis the season for sitting behind a computer and letting your fingers do the walking to find presents for family and friends near and far. After all, it’s much easier to click your way to the end of a shopping list than to run from store to store to find just the right gifts to put under the tree. While the Internet has made holiday shopping a breeze, it’s also made stealing rather easy for tech-savvy criminals. With so many people rushing to take advantage of the latest cyber deals, security is often an afterthought. It shouldn’t…
Continue Reading
Internet

Privacy: At What Cost Do you Give Yours Away?

Is your data Private or Public? By: Emma Kavanagh Go through a supermarket checkout line and swipe a savings card at the register and the powers that be behind that chain will be able to glean a lot of personal information about you and your purchasing habits. To some the simple act of allowing a store to track buying preferences is a great way to take advantage of tailored discounts. Others, however, view the profiling as a loss of privacy. Who is right and just how important is privacy in this age of Internet, GPS and satellites is somewhat subjective.…
Continue Reading
Internet

Parental Control and What It Means

Photo by: mzacha,   By: Emma Kavanagh The United Nations Virtual Global Taskforce estimates at least 1 in 5 children has been approached with unsolicited sexual advances in an online setting. Cyber bullying has become such a concern in some parts of America that acts of harassment online  have been elevated to felony criminal status. Reports of teens meeting strangers for unsavory encounters abound as do other horror stories related to the pitfalls of the Internet. While dangers no doubt exist in the online world that children must be protected from, the Internet is also a place for great learning…
Continue Reading

Browsers: What is The Most Secure Web Browser? Is There a One?

Web Browser Security - Are they secure, enough?   By: Emma Kavanagh Speed, plugins, compatibility and security: Those are the features most people consider when selecting a browser to support online activities. In the case of latter, choosing well can be vitally important for protecting a computer and the data it contains from malware. But, just how secure are web browsers today and is there one that stands above the others when it comes to locking down potential online threats? The answer to those questions might surprise. According to NSS Labs, the company that researches IT products and their effectiveness,…
Continue Reading

Top 10 Internet Security Trends in 2013

Internet Security Trends   By: Emma Kavanagh Cybercrime is a big industry that keeps getting bigger. In its 2012 report on cybercrime, Norton estimated there were more than 556 million consumer victims annually worldwide. That number is greater than the population of the entire European Union. The global cost of cybercrime on the consumer level tops $110 billion annually, according to Norton. Those figures don’t take into account attacks on businesses and other organizations. As the size of the cybercrime problem and its costs continue to rise, Internet security has become a top concern for individuals and businesses alike. While…
Continue Reading

Botnets: One Down, But How Many Are Still Out There?

ZeroAccess Botnet - Nailed down?   By: Emma Kavanagh Symantec’s successful disabling of 500,000 infected computers in the strong ZeroAccess network has made major headlines. This action was, no doubt, a major victory for Symantec and the computer protection industry as a whole, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the threat from botnets is over. ZeroAccess is considered one of the largest botnets in the world. Using its hijacked computers, ZeroAccess aims to commit click fraud and bitcoin mining. The system’s click fraud Trojan installs itself on compromised computers and then downloads online ads. Once that’s done, it generates fake…
Continue Reading