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Internet Browser Cookies: Not What Grandma Used To Make

Imagine you’re surfing the web in search of a new pair of shoes on Zappos.com. You browse the website, look over a number of tennis shoes in your size. If you already have an account, you log in and save a couple of your favorites to a wish list. Eventually, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 Walmart.com 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 Walmart.com 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 ...

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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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Fake Vertu App Infects Korean and Japanese Android Users

A new threat has surfaced targeting users in Korea and Japan, but this attack, unlike others making the news, is not one motivated by political or ideological dogma. Instead, this one is based purely on old-fashioned greed. Vertu phone owners or those looking for a localized Vertu theme in Korean ...

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