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How to Protect Your Devices from a Fast Spreading Java Virus

Last week, a new security issue surfaced for a popular programming language known as Java. This Java security issue is classified as a zero-day threat, and it spreads malicious files to unprotected computers. A zero-day threat is an attack that exploits a previously unknown vulnerability in a computer application (in this case Java), ...

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A Look Back: Top 5 Security Trends of 2012

As we look back on 2012, it’s impossible not to recall the many high-profile breaches and cybersecurity incidents that took place this year. 2012 has certainly been a rocky one for online safety and consumer security as a whole, with numerous high-traffic websites breached and more malware and mobile threats ...

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W32/Autorun Worm: A Nasty Bug for Your Computer

What do you think of when you hear the word “malware”? Most people think of the general term “virus”–something that a hacker puts on your computer that disrupts activity or steals information. In reality, malware (malicious software) can encompass a variety of different hacker tools, and true viruses are just ...

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Hackers Gone Hipster: Are Tumblr and Instagram Users Still at Risk?

Two newsworthy vulnerabilities hit the stands this week, both of particular interest to many of our at-home users. Monday morning, an infectious Tumblr virus was found after it published offensive messages to a few high-profile blogs. On the same day, a new Instagram vulnerability was made public that could allow ...

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The Top 12 Scams Of Christmas To Watch Out For

McAfee Latest 2012 Holiday-Related Online Scams and Security Tips for Consumers The holidays are just around the corner and amid the hustle and bustle many of us will fire up our devices to go online, order gifts, plan travel and spread Offers cheer. But while we’re getting festive, the cybercriminals ...

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Hack the Vote: Pros and Cons of Electronic Voting

After 17 months and billions in campaign spending, it was up to the scores of American people who flooded churches, schools, homes and auditoriums to cast their ballots for the future of American leadership. But amidst the highs and lows of election night, there was an ongoing conversation on how ...

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McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity 2012 – And The Riskiest Are…

Emma Watson has replaced Heidi Klum as McAfee’s 2012 Most Dangerous Celebrity to search for online. For the sixth year in a row, McAfee researched popular culture’s most famous people to reveal the riskiest Hollywood actors, athletes, musicians, politicians, designers, and comedians on the Web.  The McAfee Most Dangerous CelebritiesTM ...

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Yahoo! Hacked: 15 Tips To Better Password Security

In light of the Yahoo Voices hack where 450,000 passwords have been compromised, it’s time again to let the world know what they are doing wrong when it comes to passwords. CNET pointed out that: 2,295: The number of times a sequential list of numbers was used, with “123456” by far ...

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‘Flame’ Has Been Lit in Cyberspace – What Consumers Should Know

This week, a new complex malware, known as Flame or Skywyper, was uncovered and has reportedly affected Iran’s energy sector. Currently, this form of cyber warfare appears to only target select businesses and governments. In the chance that cyber criminals change its focus, the McAfee Labs team is actively monitoring ...

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Security Threat Concerns ATM Industry

Today, there are over 2.2 million ATMs worldwide, and by 2015 there will be around 3 million. ATM skimming accounts for as much as 30% of all data theft. That’s about $350,000 in fraud every day in the United States alone, or more than a billion dollars a year. The ...

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