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The Connected Home – Introducing Little Red Boxes…

This will be old news to those of you who took the time to visit McAfee Focus 2012 , but for the rest – my team took the opportunity to introduce the concept of the McAfee “Little Red Box” in the Innovation roadshow. It’s a prototype project that my team has ...

Identity Protection Mobile and IoT Security

Actress Sofia Vergara’s Personal Photos Hacked or Stolen Via Mobile

In my line of work I get emails such as this one: “Hi Robert, I’m not sure if you saw what had happened on my Facebook page last night, but someone stole my cell phone while I was at a concert, and posted all of my naked pictures off of ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

What Makes My Passwords Vulnerable?

There is no such thing as a truly secure pass­word. There are only more secure or less secure passwords. Passwords are currently the most convenient and effective way to control access to your accounts. Most people aren’t aware of the numerous com­mon techniques for cracking passwords: Dictionary attacks: There are ...

Mobile and IoT Security McAfee Labs

Android Phones Vulnerable to Loss of Data, Apps

Recently security researcher Ravi Borgaonkar discussed a vulnerability that caused a Samsung Galaxy SIII to return to a factory reset just by visiting a special website. Mobile phones have a number of useful codes (USSD/MMI) that can be typed on the dialer screen to bring up system information (IMEI, firmware ...

Consumer

2012 Online Safety Survey – Majority Of Americans Do Not Feel Completely Safe Online

From tweens and teens to silver surfers, more people are jumping onto multiple Internet connected devices every day.  It’s very exciting to see the proliferation of information sharing and communication between people on these devices at any time. Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, it’s a good reminder ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Worried About All Those App Permissions and Your Privacy? McAfee and Verizon Have an App for That!

Listen up, Android users! As Robert Siciliano mentioned in one of his recent blogs, the Android OS has become the most popular target for writers of mobile malware and your beloved apps are the weak link. At McAfee we believe that apps are the new playground for cybercrimes, which means ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Celebrities Are Lures For Scammers

“Just Google it.” You’ve probably heard this phrase a thousand times before, and for good reason—search is one of the top activities we do online[1]. But while you are searching online for information and content, keep in mind that scammers are also searching for victims. Scammers have been very productive ...

Consumer Threat Reports Family Safety

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 ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Malicious Websites – The Web is a Dangerous Place

McAfee’s latest Threats Report shows a growth in malicious websites replacing botnets as the primary infection mechanism. This means that by just simply visiting a website you could be exposed to malicious things that can do harm to your computer, mobile device, finances or identity. Websites with bad reputations are ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

No Surprise – Ransomware On the Rise

McAfee’s latest Threats Report shows a 1.5 million increase in malware since last quarter. 2012 is in fact, far and away the busiest year ever for malware with an estimated total of 100 million malware samples worldwide by Q3 2012. With the malware growth rate up nearly 100,000 per day, ...

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