Gary Davis

Gary Davis was previously McAfee's Consumer Security Evangelist providing security education and advice to businesses and consumers.

He is a sought-after speaker on trends in digital security, appearing at conferences and events, as well as security and consumer lifestyle broadcast outlets and publications such as ABC, NBC, FOX, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine and others.

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Consumer Threat Notices

The Internet of Things Needs a Standard. There’s a Consortium for That

Let’s talk about networks. A network can imply a number of things: it can imply a group of friends, coworkers and teams. It can be used to reference a grouping of schools, businesses and universities. And it can also imply a connection uniting each of these elements with one another. ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Google Just Made Unlocking Your Phone Easier. But is that Good or Bad?

It’s the last week in June and the sun is shining and the birds are chirping and the dogs are barking in the field. That is, of course, unless you live in San Francisco where the fog is rolling in like a cold, damp quilted blanket. In a concerted effort ...

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Trojan Turns Computers Into Bitcoin Mining Machines

It has long been known that Bitcoin—the crypto-currency offering users almost completely anonymous transactions online—is the favored currency for the underworld. It is so popular, in fact, that hackers are going out of their way to turn mundane objects connected to the Internet—objects like thermostats, scales and refrigerators—into Bitcoin mining ...

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Massive Law Enforcement Operation Tells two Malware Variants it’s Game Over

On Monday, the United States Department of Justice announced an international law enforcement effort to take out a massive botnet—a network of infected personal computers that work together to accomplish a task given by a hacker. This botnet was particularly nasty because it delivered two programs to victims: Gameover Zeus, ...

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How Hackers are Using Heartbleed to Trick You into Infecting Your Computer

Heartbleed, a vulnerability affecting nearly 70% of websites on the Internet, was discovered two months ago. It was big. It still is big. Heartbleed affects nearly every person using the Internet (especially if you haven’t changed your passwords since the bug was discovered) because the vulnerability deals with how servers ...

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Strike a Pose: Blackshades Malware Spies Through Your Webcam

In the old days, one simply had to draw their blinds to avoid peeping toms from spying on their private business. Now, it seems that even with the shades drawn, one must also shutter their webcam. Earlier this week, the FBI initiated a crackdown leading to the arrest of nearly ...

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Giving Back: McAfee Global Community Service Day

This past Thursday, McAfee had its 3rd annual Global Community Service Day (GCSD). With McAfee’s workforce turning up to volunteer at a variety of charities and non-profits in more than 25 countries across the globe, I think it’s safe to say that the day was a success. Between delivering meals ...

Consumer Threat Notices

What is ‘Covert Redirect’ and Should You be Worried?

When Heartbleed struck in April, it shook the Internet to its core in an almost literal sense: the vulnerability, which could allow hackers to trick servers into surrendering sensitive data, took advantage of how communications are made online. Now, there’s a new vulnerability in town claiming to be the next ...

Consumer Threat Notices

You’ve Got Mail — But it Might be a ‘Spoof’

As Internet users everywhere are on heightened alert following the discovery of the password-compromising Heartbleed bug earlier this month, it appears as though some web surfers just can’t catch a break. This weekend, news of a potential AOL Mail breach came to light, with users airing their frustrations on Twitter ...

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How Online Casinos Help Hackers Keep Illegal Loot

In Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film, “Casino,” Robert DeNiro’s character is charged with operating a 1970’s Las Vegas casino for the Chicago mafia. He and his partner in crime (played by Joe Pesci), shake down the strip, skimming millions in casino earnings. The story ends in disaster for the pair—but the ...

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