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In Light of Major Retail Hacks, Protect Your Credit Card Numbers

b2ap3_thumbnail_protect_your_credit_card_400.jpgThe Target data breach seems but a distant memory now, yet the same malware strikes again, this time at Home Depot. The hacking attack targeted the millions of credit and debit cards used at these large retailers, but these attacks could have been mitigated with proper precaution.

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4½ Million Medical Records Compromised. Are Your Health Secrets Safe?

b2ap3_thumbnail_healthcare_hacker_400.jpgWe've got yet another major data breach to report that affects millions of users, this one of a very personal nature. This week, it was revealed that Chinese hackers compromised 4.5 million medical records from Community Health Systems, a hospital network with 206 facilities in the United States. Ask your doctor today if identity theft prevention is right for you.

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Are You Being Hacked by Your Neighbor’s Cat?

b2ap3_thumbnail_hacked_by_neighbors_cat_400.jpgYes, you read that title right. If your WiFi isn't protected, you can be hacked by the furry little creature that wanders around your backyard when you're not home. Coco, a Siamese cat from Washington, D.C., was able to discover dozens of weak or unprotected WiFi networks in his neighborhood with his high-tech collar.

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Malware BadUSB Challenges Our Dependency on USB Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_usb_malware_400.jpgYour office is likely full-to-bursting with devices utilizing USB technology. It's been a popular way to connect external devices to PCs since the 1.1 version was released in 1998. However, it may be the technology's popularity that will cause its downfall as hackers develop ways to use the device to their advantage.

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Is Antivirus on Its Last Leg?

b2ap3_thumbnail_does_antivirus_still_protect_you_400.jpgAll of the recent vulnerabilities and bugs over the past few months, such as Heartbleed, GameOver Zeus, and the zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability have many people thinking - just how strong is antivirus in the face of such threats? Symantec told The Wall Street Journal their opinion on the subject: Antivirus is "dead."

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Avast Recovers Hundreds of Naked Pictures from Secondhand Android Smartphones

b2ap3_thumbnail_cell_phone_data_400.jpgSmartphone users routinely cycle out their old device for a new one every two years or so. When it's time to upgrade, many users see an opportunity to sell their old phone for extra cash. However, a device that's improperly wiped of its data could lead to identity theft if the data is recovered by the new owner.

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Would Anti-Surveillance Technology Prevent NSA Spying, or Weaken National Security?

b2ap3_thumbnail_you_are_being_watched_400.jpgOn Saturday, July 21st 2014, the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference took place in New York City. It's a place where hackers discuss ways to improve the society in which we live. One of the more controversial panelists, Edward Snowden, has suggested hackers pool their efforts into creating anti-surveillance technology to decrease government espionage.

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Apple Enthusiasts, Look Out: iOS May Sport Hidden Backdoors for Apple and Law Enforcement

b2ap3_thumbnail_ios_has_vulnerabilities_400.jpgApple's iOS operating system is notorious for being fairly secure from external attacks, but what about internal threats? There have been reports of backdoors being found in the operating system, which allow Apple and subsidiaries of the law (i.e. the NSA) to access devices that run it.

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Hackers Want to Keep You in the Dark

b2ap3_thumbnail_hackers_want_to_take_everything_400.jpgWhen it comes to hackers, they are shrouded in darkness and treachery. They lurk in the shadows, waiting for us to make a mistake and to steal our life savings, or other equally nefarious things. But there are a few assumptions that they make concerning their prey, and they wish to hide these from us at all costs.

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Alert: Cryptolocker Threat Returns with a Vengeance!

b2ap3_thumbnail_warning_malware_400.jpgTwo weeks ago, the National Communications Administration managed to weaken a set of malware designed to steal banking and personal credentials from unsuspecting users. They warned the world that GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker ransomware would be back with a vengeance, and that immediate action could prevent a whole lot of pain later.

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Danger: GameOver Zeus Botnet Threatens Windows Users

b2ap3_thumbnail_gameover_botnet_400.jpgA new botnet threat could spell "game over" for unaware Windows users - the threat targets almost all versions of Windows and Windows Server (excluding Windows 8.1). Even though the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Justice have disrupted it, users are still at risk. Thankfully, they still have time - two weeks, until the threat returns.

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Protect Your Little Bundle of Joy, Before You Get a Bundle of Terror Instead!

b2ap3_thumbnail_protect_your_family_400.jpgToday's home has all sorts of conveniences when it comes to security and wireless devices, such as mobile-controlled security systems, temperature gauges, and light switches. These devices can also be connected to the Internet for ease of access. You think it's safe behind passwords, firewalls, and security applications, but you're wrong. Anything that's connected is at risk - even baby monitors.

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For Hackers, Microsoft Security Patches are Roadmaps to Access Your Data

b2ap3_thumbnail_windows_eight_point_one_400.jpgLately, there's been a string of computer security issues making the news, like the vulnerability found within Internet Explorer, the Heartbleed bug, and the host of issues associated with the recently-expired Windows XP. Is it possible that the security patches issued by Microsoft are making the problem worse for users of older systems like Windows XP?

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Alert: Siri’s Leaking Secrets - iPhone Lock Screen Vulnerability

b2ap3_thumbnail_ios_vuln_400.jpgApple's iOS 7.1.1. operating system has been affected by a series of bugs throughout this month. The first bug was emails being sent unencrypted, but now a new threat lurks in the shadows - a lock screen flaw that allows hackers to access your contacts list without unlocking the phone.

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Is Microsoft Ending Support for Windows 8.1?

b2ap3_thumbnail_win_8_one_update_400.jpgIn an interesting twist to the Microsoft OS saga, Microsoft announced that it will cease providing security updates for Windows 8.1 unless users upgrade the software to Windows 8.1 Update (the newest Microsoft OS update). What's Microsoft's reasoning behind this verdict?

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4 Tips to Keep the Phish From Biting

b2ap3_thumbnail_phishing_400.jpgJust like the dark waters of the benthic ocean trenches, the Internet is filled with wondrous creatures that have never been seen before. However, there are also rather ugly things lurking in the depths as well. No matter how deep you swim, there are always the deep sea phishermen that will try to rip you away from everything you hold dear – your personal and professional data.

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Cyber Punks – Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

b2ap3_thumbnail_security_from_threats_400.jpgIn high school, there were always the rebellious kids who never wanted to do what their teachers said. They would vandalize the bathroom stalls, walk around the halls without permission, skip classes, and make the school an overall unpleasant environment. The teachers eventually decided that enough was enough, and they banned certain privileges that the students had. Bathroom breaks became timed. Hall monitors stalked the halls looking for troublemakers. Our liberty was stolen by these hooligans.

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WARNING: Huge Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Affects Everybody, No Fix for XP

b2ap3_thumbnail_alert_red_400.jpgAlert! Those using Windows Internet Explorer as your preferred web browser might want to take a short break from it and consider using a different browser like Chrome or Firefox until Microsoft works out a recently-discovered vulnerability.

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The Heartbleed Aftermath

b2ap3_thumbnail_heartbleed_aftermath_400.jpgThe Heartbleed bug, one of the nastiest deficiencies in Internet security to date, was found last week. More than two-thirds of the Internet's secure information could have been leaked from websites utilizing the OpenSSL cryptographic library's encryption style. Most major websites have already issued a patch to resolve the problem, but that doesn't change the fact that this information has been available to anyone looking for it for over two years. Worse still is that you would have no idea how to tell whether your data has been compromised.

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Warning: Heartbleed Bug Assails the Web

b2ap3_thumbnail_heart_bleed_two_400.jpgThe same day that Microsoft ceased supporting Windows XP with security patches was also the day a vicious little monster was discovered – the Heartbleed bug, which renders privacy in the OpenSSL cryptographic library completely obsolete. Basically, anything utilizing the OpenSSL open source library is at risk here. Websites utilizing this form of encryption include Yahoo! Google, and Facebook. To put it in perspective, sites that utilize OpenSSL number more than two-thirds of the entire worldwide web. Though this bug only applies to versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 beta of OpenSSL, hackers are able to obtain private keys which can be used to obtain sensitive information from countless people all around the world. Nothing says "heartbreak" like having your identity stolen and your sensitive data Shanghaied.

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