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

Are You Stressed Out About Passwords? Consider a Simple Option

Used correctly, passwords help keep your personal information safe, and if you’re like me, you probably have dozens (or in my case hundreds) of online accounts and mobile apps that require one. So it’s no surprise that people have adapted some coping strategies to make passwords memorable yet distinctive. The ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Two Steps are Better Than One: Make a Hacker’s Job Harder with Two-step Verification

Every day, life for many consumers has become more “digital” than before—this has made day-to-day tasks easier for many of us, but it also creates new challenges. From online banking to medical records, the need to protect our private, personal information is imperative. Too often, the same password is used ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Six Easy Steps to Help Keep Hackers at Bay

Cybercriminals are adopting complex and powerful techniques to “hack,” or take control of online accounts belonging to other people or organizations. Often, they do this by identifying the passwords belonging to an account user. This used to be a complicated task, but, as The Atlantic notes, discovering passwords today can ...

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Phishing Scam Targets Online Customers

Late last week, Walmart alerted the public to an email-based scam that used the company’s name (misspelled as “Wallmart”) to illegally gather information about users. The email sported the title “Thanks for your order,” and after confused users clicked on links within the emails, their Walmart accounts were charged. ...

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Riddle: What’s the One Password You’ll NEVER Forget?

Last week during his keynote speech at the Interop IT conference, PayPal’s Chief Information Security Officer Michael Barrett pointed to a slide depicting a tombstone for passwords with the dates 1961-2013. According to Barrett, while passwords are still required for so many applications and services, they have simply outlived their ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Visualizing A DDoS Cyber Attack

A denial-of-service (DDoS) attack occurs when hackers flood a target website with large amounts of traffic. This traffic is often generated through the hacker’s botnet, or network of infected computers. Usually, when a cybercriminal launches a DDoS attack on a website, there isn’t much for a user like you or me ...

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Are Google and Bing Serving You Safe Search Results?

New research has concluded that despite best efforts to keep search results clean, Google and Bing often serve malware-infected sites among their top search results. This malware (or malicious software) can include sites infected with viruses, Trojans, computer worms, and more, making it extremely important for consumers to pay close ...

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Smartphone Shopping 101: Are Mobile Devices Less Secure than PCs?

According to a recent survey, nearly half of all consumers believe that their smartphones and other mobile devices are less secure than their laptop or desktop computers.  In the same survey, only 36% of respondents said they trust online retail sites to keep their personal data safe. Still, holiday shopping ...

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Tax Season Email Scam Aims to Steal from Uncle Sam

Every year around tax season, we see a huge spike in tax-related social engineering attacks. Social engineering is a type of cyber attack that attempts to psychologically manipulate users, tricking them into downloading malicious software or divulging confidential information. Very often, these attacks take the form of a fraudulent email ...

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Pros and Cons of Mobile Banking

Many major commercial banks are now offering consumers the choice to make deposits, send money, and perform other routine tasks using a mobile app. Bank customers can now use a smartphone or tablet for basic transactions like check deposits and bill payments, making it easier to keep an eye on ...

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