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 ...

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, ...

Consumer Threat Notices Family Safety

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 ...

Family Safety

How Do I Protect Myself When Using Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is everywhere. Whether you travel for business or simply need Internet access while out and about, your options are plentiful. You can sign on at airports, hotels, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, and now, even airplanes. Wi-Fi wasn’t born to be secure; it was born to be convenient. Wireless ...

Family Safety

What Does It Take To Be Digitally Secure?

Let’s get one thing straight: it’s no longer possible to deny that your life in the physical world and your digital life are one and the same. Meaning, while you are present here on the ground, you also exist online, whether you know it or like it or not. Coming ...

McAfee Labs

Hacker Leaves Online Trail, Loses Anonymity

Since March 20, the @Anonw0rmer Twitter account has been silent. Its owner, w0rmer, is known as a member of the CabinCr3w group, a hacker team linked to Anonymous. In early February, as part of the Operations PiggyBank and PigRoast, the CabinCr3w members were suspected of hacking various police department- or ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Protect Yourself from Vishing

“Vishing” occurs when criminals cold-call victims and attempt to persuade them to divulge personal information over the phone. These scammers are generally after credit card numbers and personal identifying information, which can then be used to commit financial theft. Vishing can occur both on your landline phone or via your ...

McAfee Labs

Android DIY DoS App Boosts Hacktivism in South America

Hacktivism has become very popular in recent years; one of its leading agents is the online community Anonymous. Hacktivist groups use digital tools to perform denial of service (DoS) attacks for pursue political ends or to protest against controversial laws in countries around the world. One of the most common ...

McAfee Labs

Networked Printers at Risk

Multifunction printers (MFPs) have been common in offices for years. They let employees print, scan, and copy documents. Two separate talks at the 28th Chaos Communications Congress (28c3) show how attackers can infect these trusted office devices. Hacking MFPs In Andrei Costin’s presentation “Hacking MFPs,” he covered the history of printer ...

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