About Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


Is my computer infected with a virus?

6a0154366bdf49970c01a3fcd7a13e970b-800wiComputer viruses may vary, but they all have one thing in common: they make your life absolutely miserable.

The specific symptoms and the impact to your computer system all depends on exactly what type of virus your computer is infected with; in fact in some cases your computer may not show any signs at all! In that case, how on earth are you supposed to be able to keep track of your computer’s health?

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US is the Capital of Malware

Computer VirusIn the fourth quarter of 2013, the United States of America hosted 44% of all malware.

That’s almost 5 times more than the second-leading malware-hosting nation: the United Kingdom, who only came in at 10%. That’s quite a lead for the U.S.

So which brands are hosting malware, unintentionally? Amazon is reportedly responsible for 16%, while Go Daddy comes in at a close second with 14%. This data is especially interesting, when you think about how many articles cite Eastern Europe as the culprit. Don’t be fooled – the US is now producing more volumes of malware code than anyone else in the world.

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What’s the Most Secure Web Browser?

World Wide WebWith over 10 popular web browsers out there, how are you supposed to know which will protect you and offer you with the services you need? Well, the good news is you don’t. There’s a lot to consider when looking for a good browser, and BullGuard is here to help you find the right one.

By looking at the browsers and checking for basic features like pop-up blocking, html5 support and private browsing, as well as features like flash, acid test scores and IPv6 support, it was easy to cull a few. And after delving into security and privacy features, only a few were left. But when it was all said and done, our vote is Firefox, without a doubt.

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Rewards for Hackers

Rewards for HackersWe may have found a good purpose for Hackers. Before you go into shock, read on…

The company called Wickr, (for those of you that aren’t familiar with it, it’s a secure messaging app), has reached out to hackers and offered them a reward for doing what they do on a daily basis.

That’s right, hackers are being offered $100,000 to uncover and, here’s the important part, ‘responsibly disclose’ any and all critical security flaws in the company’s app.

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Bluetooth-enabled Skimming Devices

Bluetooth-enabled Skimming DevicesIf you haven’t heard of Bluetooth-enabled skimming devices before, you definitely need to read this article. These devices are being used to steal card information. A recent scam resulted in cyber criminals making off with more than $2 million.

Skimming devices are typically installed inside gas pumps or fixed to ATM’s so that they aren’t detectable by the victims using the machines. By installing Bluetooth-enabled skimming devices, the cyber criminals are making their lives easier – the devices never have to be physically removed, because all of the data can be accessed remotely.
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Department of Homeland Security – data breach

Data breachIn January 2014, Homeland Security has been breached by hackers, ironically. A web portal for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security containing private and financial documents for more than 110 organizations was hacked.

Apparently the companies affected had bid on a Science and Technology contract for a division within Homeland Security.  The source is currently undetermined.

 

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Neiman Marcus Data Breach

Data breachIn January, Neiman Marcus confirmed that it had suffered a data breach. Initially only a few details were released – all that was shared was that fraudulent charges were found on credit and debit cards of customers of Neiman Marcus. It did not reveal what types of data were stolen or how many customers were affected. A few weeks later, it was revealed that the data breach was much worse than originally thought. Neiman Marcus has since announced that cyber criminals had hacked into their system and had been operating within it for several months. Over 1.1 million credit and debit cards were affected.

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Red Handed – a Crime Reporting App for iPhone

Crime reporting appWould you report a crime via an app? Well the option is out there. iPhone app Red Handed allows you to film and post videos of any crimes you witness. Instead of an app centered around a social network, this one is more focused on social awareness. Everyone’s always filming the ridiculous things they witness around them, and uploading them to YouTube, this app is just taking advantage of existing behavior and putting it to good use.

 

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Here’s how to spot and avoid eBay scams

Ebay scamAre you wary of making purchases on eBay?

Do you sometimes see a listing and wonder whether it’s a scam?

It’s entirely likely it could be, despite eBay’s best efforts otherwise. The feedback system and the safety net of Paypal does not mean eBay is scam-free. Before we delve into how to avoid eBay scams, let’s talk about some ways to identify them.

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