11 Safety Tips For Shopping Online

You can buy it all online, but is it safe? By: Emma Kavanagh One of the riskiest things you can do online is also one of the most fun – shopping! Millions of people enjoy online shopping transactions every single day. More than 80% of all internet users have gone online to buy something, and it's not a trend that's going away any time soon. I have to admit, there's something just wrong about the idea of not being able to shop online. People cite the savings of time as the most important factor that drives them online to shop.…
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How to Protect Your Backed Up Files

It's time to back your data up! By: Emma Kavanagh If you, like many PC users, have been using Norton 360 to secure your computer, you know that it and many other great Symantec products can be combined with Norton cloud storage to protect your data; but, it is a good idea to understand the different options that you have in terms of keeping your files safe. I've learned, through my own negligence, that data protection is an extremely important concern for both private users and businesses; take advantage of the wide variety of different tools you can use for…
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Dangers of Shopping on Sites without a Secure Connection

Look twice before you shop! By: Emma Kavanagh When it comes to the safety of shopping online, you want to be absolutely sure you are using a secure connection. All web browsers have the capability to use encryption to secure your data, scrambling it before transit so the receiving "host" computer has to reassemble it with a similar mathematical method. That makes it harder to eavesdrop on data as it moves from place to place. When encryption is in use on a website, you'll usually get the iconic "lock" icon on your browser – or a warning that things aren't…
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Anonymous: Cyber Criminals or Vigilantes

Photo by: Joseph Nicolia (flickr) By: Emma Kavanagh I'd say just about everyone in the information security world has heard of the Anonymous hackers "collective," the notorious vigilantes – or perhaps cyber criminals – who seem to be behind all the major headlines when it comes to major cyber intrusions these days. Prior to Anonymous, there were few "big name" hacker organizations, and the general public rarely thought about just how sophisticated and persistent such groups could be. No matter what you think about its members, Anonymous is different. It is more high-profile, aware of public relations, and ready to…
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How to Better Protect Your Android Device (and Pennies) When Using Mobile Banking Apps

Don't lose those precious pennies! By: Emma Kavanagh Ready or not, mobile banking apps for Android and other platforms are coming on fast. Android banking apps have gotten much more popular over the last six months as more banks officially sign on to support various forms of mobile banking, including mobile check deposit and much more. With mobile banking Android options proliferating fast, what do you need to know to make sure your device will be safe -- not to mention your money? Times are changing, and I'd even say that mobile security is one of the most important topics…
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Give Yourself an Extra Boost: The Benefits of PC Power Boost

Photo by: Melinda Bylow   By: Emma Kavanagh PC Power Boost is one of the most important features you can couple with the latest Norton software. Even if you don't consider yourself a "power user," odds are good you've heard of Norton Antivirus and the company behind it, Symantec. Symantec is one of the world leaders in antivirus protection and the only one I trust to keep my computer protected. What most people DON'T think of when they think of Symantec is improving their computer's overall performance ... but that could be about to change. With Norton's new "Power Boost"…
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