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7 ways to secure your home office

7 ways to secure your home office

People working from home perform most of their tasks online. They are now more exposed to cyber attacks than ever before. Cyber criminals see a great opportunity in the massive growth in working from home and the vulnerabilities of home office security.

What is a Computer Virus?

What is a Computer Virus?

What's a computer virus? We hear about it all the time but do you really know what it is and how to prevent one?

Why should you use a Password Manager?

Why should you use a Password Manager?

How many passwords do you have? Did you know the average Internet user has 100 passwords. That's a lot of passwords to remember on a daily basis. How do manage all those password effectively - a password manager.

BEST 10 Tips to Secure your Smart Home Devices

BEST 10 Tips to Secure your Smart Home Devices

Smart devices are everywhere and rapidly becoming ubiquitous in our lives. Secure them or pay the price.

What to Do if You’ve Fallen Victim to a Phishing Attack

What to Do if You’ve Fallen Victim to a Phishing Attack

Cybercriminals target phishing scam attempts on fatigued workers in the hopes of catching them off guard with an attention-getting email. They also launch phishing schemes against unsuspecting individual users by using fear and intimidation. And it sometimes works.

14 Ways to Secure Your Home Wireless Network

14 Ways to Secure Your Home Wireless Network

Many homeowners are just unaware of the security threats that a wireless network might provide if not adequately safeguarded by a secure Wi-Fi network. We would never leave our house's front door unlocked. So you should do the same and never leave your Wi-Fi networks unprotected since it exposes you to the same or even worse threats.

What is HTTPS?

What is HTTPS?

HTTPs enables web servers and web browsers to establish secure connections. It encrypts data being transmitted in both directions. This helps prevent thieves from stealing  sensitive information along the way.

Strong Passwords. One giant step to protect our digital lives

Strong Passwords. One giant step to protect our digital lives

Here's how to create long, complex, and unique passwords to protect your accounts and keep your sensitive info safe from hackers.

Lock the Door. Bad Passwords: The Greatest Threats to Password Security

Lock the Door. Bad Passwords: The Greatest Threats to Password Security

Bad passwords are the entry way for hackers to get into your accounts. Learn how to protect your cyber assets by using better passwords now.

What is a Rootkit?

What is a Rootkit?

Rootkits are nearly invisible and a dangerous type of malware that allows hackers access to computers without the knowledge of the owners. It is designed in such a way that it can remain in a network or on a computer system undetected for an extended period of time.

What is a Keylogger?

What is a Keylogger?

Keylogger is a digital surveillance tool. They can track every click, touch, key stroke, download and conversation carried out on the device they are installed on

What is AD tracking?

What is AD tracking?

Digital and online ad tracking is the process of gathering data and insights about the performance of online advertising campaigns. Digital systems use methods like cookies, unique tracking URLs, tracking pixels, and other tools

What is a Drive By Download?

What is a Drive By Download?

A "drive by download" is a cyber attack where visiting a website or hovering over an Ad causes malware to infect your computer or device.

What is Shoulder Surfing?

What is Shoulder Surfing?

Shoulder surfing is a form of social engineering that enables cybercriminals to gather information just by looking over their victims’ shoulders. The aim of shoulder surfing is to obtain personal data, such as usernames, passwords or personal identification numbers (PINs), bank account numbers or credit card numbers.

What is Adware?

What is Adware?

Adware, known as advertising supported software, makes money by displaying ads - popups, inline, banner. ANNOYING!!, but typically used to support free software.

What is Hacking?

What is Hacking?

Hacking is an old game in the cyberworld with ever changing players and techniques. It may be done with good intentions or malicious motives. It is growing rapidly because of the proliferation of devices.

What is Typosquatting?

What is Typosquatting?

Cybercriminals target visitors that accidentally mistype website addresses directly into their browsers. They use typosquatting, also called URL hijacking, to deceive visitors and lead them to malicious sites they themselves have set up. 

What is a Hacker?

What is a Hacker?

A hacker is a computer expert. They come in multiple colors and can have positive and negative agendas. They are often called black hat or white hat hackers.

What is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT)?

What is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT)?

A remote access Trojan is a software used by hackers to gain unauthorized access and remote control on a user’s computer or mobile device, including mouse and keyboard manipulation. 

What is Catfishing?

What is Catfishing?

Catfishing is a deceptive technique individuals or criminal entities use to create a fictional personas or fake identities online and use them to scam unwitting victims.

What is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)?

What is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)?

PUPs refer to programs, applications and other software downloaded onto computers or mobile devices that may have an adverse impact on user privacy or security. The term “potentially unwanted program” was coined by McAfee to distinguish the program from malware.

What is Smishing?

What is Smishing?

Smishing is a texting scam. Texts appear to come from reputable companies inducing you to reveal personal information, such as passwords or credit card numbers.

What is Digital Identity?

What is Digital Identity?

A digital identity is a set of unique features and characteristics identifiable to an individual, organization or digital device used for transactions, interactions and representations online. It is essentially any personal data existing online that can be traced back to you.

What is a Password Manager?

What is a Password Manager?

A password manager is an encrypted storage system for keeping and managing passwords usually protected by a master password. Some password managers use biometric data to protect the vaults instead of master passwords. Still others support the use of two factor authentication for higher security.

What is Social Engineering?

What is Social Engineering?

Social Engineering in the digital world is the intentional deception and manipulation of victims to cause the release and sharing of confidential information used to commit fraud and other cybercrimes.

What is a VPN?

What is a VPN?

A VPN is a virtual private connection to a VPN host server to hide your identity, address and online activity when using a public Internet connection. It does this by encrypting your data and turning them into “rubbish” so no one can make sense of it even if they get their hands on it.

What is Malvertising?

What is Malvertising?

Malvertising is advertising malware that infects digital devices with malicious software using online ads and advertising networks as their delivery platforms.

What is Ransomware?

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is particularly vicious malware that infects your digital device, encrypting your data and then holding you hostage until you pay a ransom.

What is Two Factor Authentication

What is Two Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is a security mechanism in which individuals provide two authentication factors to log on to their account. Using a username and a password to log in to an account is in itself a 2FA. So is withdrawing cash from an ATM using your ATM card and a PIN. 

What is a Computer Worm?

What is a Computer Worm?

A computer worm is not a cute, squiggly little creature. It is an evil, malicious piece of software destined to wreak chaos and disaster on many devices.