Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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iot

Ransomware Welcomes the Internet of Everything

With everything becoming increasingly connected electronically, the IoT (the 'Internet of Things') provides a perfect breeding ground for ransomware. In 1999 technology expert Kevin Ashton conceived a vision like some device from...
mischa

Mischa Ransomware – Petya’s Best Friend

Overview of Petya ransomware In March, we covered the emergence of Petya trojan-ransomware; an original and dangerous threat. It was very virulent malware as it did not merely encrypt user files and...
social network

Staying Safe on Social Networks

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” (Mother Night; Kurt Vonnegut; Fawcett; 1961)It's even easier to be sociable on social media...
backup vs sync

File Synchronization Vs. File Backup

File Synchronization File-syncing is used in operating systems to perform effective backups. It is also used on dedicated platforms for file-sharing (such as Synchronize It!). Updated files are copied either in one...
webcam

Why You Should Disable Your Webcam

This subject was once considered paranoia, though events have proven that it is possible to spy on a user by hijacking a webcam. Of course, if there is hardware attached to...
identity theft

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Scams

The IRS have passed the buck again by stating that the recent massive compromise is as a result of customers' own security failure. They are blaming the taxpayer for weak security...
online password

How to Strengthen Your Online Passwords

In Ancient Egypt, Words had Power. Names were the most important, potent words of all. At the end of Life, to pass beyond the water and enter the Afterlife it was...
tips

9 Tips to Computer Security

With growing dependency on e-commerce, virtually any transaction can be made from literally anywhere. From the quick purchase and delivery of a much sought-after book from a buyer on the other...
protection

How to Protect Your Organisation from Insider Threats

Vulnerability to Insider Compromise Increased dependence on IT and networking in organizations brings both enhanced productivity and efficiency, but also rising parameters of vulnerability. The (now old) adage - the weakest part...
mobile ransomware

Ransomware Goes Mobile

Ransomware is the fastest growing threat online today, raising many millions each year (and not for charity). After infiltrating a system, it encrypts or locks files and demands a ransom be...