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  • What do you know about the malware and protection against it? Malware, that is also known as Malicious Software are constantly on the rise are directed towards accessing data on your computer and other mobile devices. There are several different types of malware that includes spyware, viruses, ransomware, adware, worms, and others. Each one of these malware has different capabilities, from keeping track of your online activities to slowing down your personal devices completely, they can create havoc on your system if you do not keep them protected. The best malware software 2019 can help you achieve your protection and to keep your data and privacy protected. Let us look into more detail, how a malware can affect your PC. Effects of Malware on your PC and other Mobile Devices Following are some of the most common effects of malware on your personal computers and other mobile devices. It can cause your computer to slow down and can make it unstable. Certain codes and scripts can cause your computer to crash down. If it is infected by a worm, the connection to the internet slows down as the worm is constantly looking for another computer online to infect. If it is infected by spyware, it has the ability to record the keys that you press on your personal computer and then creates a text file, which can be sent to the hacker. It has the ability to take control of your internet browser and thus redirect to your unwanted websites continuously. It can be used to steal your personal information like passwords, credit card details stored on your system and then send it to cybercriminals. Protection against Malware In order to make sure that none of the things listed above happens to you or your computer, it is imperative to...
  • Vehicle trackers are becoming increasingly popular. Since they first reached the marketplace in the late 20th century, businesses and individuals have been turning to them more and more as a way of protecting their mobile assets. While it is true that GPS trackers are most commonly associated with the monitoring of the location of a vehicle, they also have a number of other different features that can be really helpful as well. Here we have put together just 5 things you may not know about GPS Car Trackers. 1. Installing GPS Trackers If you think that installing GPS tracking on your car is complicated, or that it will take a long time then think again. Many people are, in fact, put off GPS tracking devices because they believe that they will take too long to install. Where you install your GPS tracking device does depend on a few things. Obviously, you want the device to be discreet so that potential thieves do not see it. You will also need to ensure that it is installed where interference from other equipment will not present an issue. Fortunately, trackers are now much smaller than they were making all of this much more manageable. If you don’t feel that installing your tracker is something that you can do, there are companies that can do it for you. 2. They Are Very Accurate Another thing that really surprises people about modern GPS Tracking devices is just how accurate they are. Most of the GPS devices that you can purchase for your car are accurate to within just three metres. This really allows users to gain relatively precise location information. Obviously, there are exceptions. In low-accuracy areas, you can get negatively affected results. However, modern technology is such that it has evolved to ensure both...
  • May 13, 2019

    How to Make Your Smart Home Safe

    Smart technology promises to make your life better — and in many ways, it does. If you have a network of smart devices throughout your home, you can control your environment with your voice, doing everything from changing the music to raising the lights to locking the doors and more. However, smart technology almost certainly also makes your life less secure. From the first releases of smart devices earlier this decade to now, the tools have been found to be riddled with vulnerabilities that hackers can easily identify and exploit. If you want to avoid giving someone else control of your home, here’s how to make your smart tech safe. Understand How Hackers Get in and What Hackers Want The best defense is a good defense, but you can only defend against digital attacks when you know where they are coming from. Cybercriminals tend to attack consumers like you in the easiest way possible; because your home network has only a limited amount of value — unlike corporate targets which can contain multitudes of prized data — attackers don’t want to waste too much time trying to hack into your system. As a result, the ways hackers get in are relatively predictable, even when you factor in new technology like smart devices. Here are the most common ways attackers infiltrate your network: Using known vulnerabilities. Over time, all software develops security gaps that hackers can exploit. IoT devices are particularly guilty of entering the market riddled with security issues. Many smart tools’ vulnerabilities are published online, for any fool to see and take advantage of. Connecting to your network. Having unsecured Wi-Fi might be convenient for you — but it is also convenient for attackers, who can detect your signal from the street and gain access to all your devices....
  • If you follow social media and social media antics then you know how invasive each of these media platforms is. But recently, this intrusion of privacy reached a new low when Facebook was found asking new users for their password to their email accounts. When the users clicked upon an email verification link, some new Facebook users were asked for their private email password – one of the first “DON’T’s” covered in cybersecurity. Why do we need to safeguard our privacy? Surveillance is now the daily reality of our lives. Privacy is in danger because organizations and governments across the world no longer think of it as an intrinsic right. Right from your web browser to mobile devices, and IoT products – almost every digital touchpoint has the potential to obliterate your privacy and security. And as recent news has shown, you cannot trust vendors, applications and social media sites to safeguard your data. Having “nothing to hide” is no longer a good enough reason. Everyone must do whatever they can to protect their personal data and privacy. You deserve to be safe and secure online. Here are some steps you can take to be protected and safe online: Data Management is the core of privacy While data may be a vague concept and may mean different things to different people, here is a good start to break down different sets of data to examine how each aspect is relevant to your security. PERSONALLY, IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION Personally, Identifiable Information is also known as PII and includes things physical home address, email id, birthdate, phone numbers, marital status, Social Security numbers or National Insurance numbers. This can also include information relating to your medical status, family members, employment and education. This type of data, when lost in various kinds of breaches...
  • There many reasons why you might want to know more about a specific address. Maybe you want to know who lives there or find out more about someone who may have lived there in the past. Perhaps it’s for sale and you want more information about the property than was given to you by the real estate listing you found. An online directory can tell you just about everything you could ever want to know, up to and including the following. 1. Information About the Residents Whether you’re looking for the skinny on a new neighbor who just moved in or need to know who might have owned your home before you did, a reverse address lookup can definitely help. A few keystrokes are all it takes to see who’s currently connected to that address, as well as who might have been associated with it in the past. You can then perform additional searches on each of those individuals if you still have questions. 2. Current Telephone Numbers If you just need to know how to get in touch with the people at a given address, you can do a phone lookup by address. You’ll instantly be presented with any current telephone numbers associated with that property. You can also do additional people searches on the individuals you’d like to reach to potentially uncover personal phone numbers or other avenues by which you could get in touch.  3. Real Estate Information Sometimes you need additional information on a specific address because you’re thinking of moving there or purchasing that property. A reverse address lookup makes it easy to find out just about anything you might need to know. For instance, most searches will yield details on the property’s legal description, the current estimated value of the property, and any past sales records associated with the address....
  • As long as people have been going online to explore the internet, there have been bad folks out there looking to ruin that experience. We have all, at some time or another, probably been hit with some sort of virus. Using antivirus software to combat that issue is now a common practice, with the vast majority of new computers coming with some sort of antivirus suite already installed. Things are a little more different nowadays, though, as an antivirus may not be able to protect you from prying eyes intent on seeing what you are up to online. It’s not just hackers and identity thieves that we need to be concerned about in that regard, as major corporations and the government also want to know what you are up to from the moment you open your browser. It can all start to feel a little bit invasive, but the good news is that there is a way to keep those prying eyes out of your business. Installing a virtual private network (VPN) on your computer immediately adds a military grade level of privacy to your browsing experience but how does it work? A VPN works inside of a larger network and encrypts all your date while also concealing your identity. In many cases, you can actually choose a location to display while you surf. You may well be sitting in your office in Atlanta, but make it seem as though you are actually somewhere in the heart of England. As well as being confusing to those looking to track your every move, it also makes it possible for you to access websites and entertainment that are only available to people in a certain part of the world. Want to binge-watch those British TV shows online? Simply set your VPN to...
  • You might think that a hacker would not be bothered with your website, after all, there is nothing of real value on a small business website, surely? Wrong! There are a number of reasons why a hacker might target a small business website, or even a personal one. Searching for Vulnerability Hackers send out special malicious files that scan the web looking for vulnerable computers and websites, and often they find a way in via a webpage plug in. Your website might not be a specific target, but it could be used to gain access to other data that is stored on your computer. If you want to be sure that your website is safe from hackers, there are penetration testing and ethical hacking companies in Sydney who will test your site for security and then make recommendations based upon the results of the testing. Selling Information Data is worth money, and there are unscrupulous hackers who steal data that can be used by marketing companies, which might involve infecting a computer and tracking what websites the user visits. A worst-case scenario would be if a hacker stole a company’s financial data (customer’s credit card details) and in the wrong hands, this data can be used to buy goods online, or even to empty bank accounts. There are also some further reading on why a hacker might be interested in your website, which you should definitely check. Digital Vandalism There are hackers who attack websites purely because they can, and in such a case, they might wish to simply destroy your data, for no other reason than they can. This might involve hacking into the admin account and then deleting all the data posted on a website, and if you haven’t backed up the website, then you have lost everything....
  • In this age of big data, we have to deal with many downsides. Personal identifiable information, financial data and industrial data has become the target of network hackers. With hackers becoming ever smart and always staying a step ahead of network administrators and managers, most affected organizations could only react a few years ago. However, today, there is a way to stay ahead of the hackers and possibly beat them at their own game. This is the ethical hacking way. What is ethical hacking? In layman’s language ethical hacking is doing to your network what a hacker would do. However, you hack your organization’s network with the objective of finding anomalies so that they can be rectified, before the “real” hacker comes. Ethical hacking is also referred to as penetrative testing. This is the main way that organizations can use to stay ahead of hacker by finding and sealing loopholes that such cyber criminals can find and exploit. An ethical hacker uses the same resources, techniques and tools that a criminal hacker would use. Whatever vulnerabilities an ethical hacker finds in the network should be reported to the management. Who is an ethical hacker? This is a person with great technical skills and network knowledge to identify loopholes in a network, penetrate it and attempt to violate it. In every way, this is a person with extreme hacking skills. He is hired for these skills to help companies cover their backside, so to speak, against loss or illegal manipulation of their data. This person can also be referred to as a white hat hacker, while a criminal hacker is called a black hat hacker. If you wish to be an ethical hacker, having one of these best laptops for Linux can be a perfect tool for you to start as...