April Fools’ Day is a time of mirth. Funny stories do the rounds in the press such as chickens laying square eggs complete with pictures and the Queen setting up a fracking rig in the grounds of Buckingham Place. But a word to the wise, as a ‘calendar day’ April Fools’ Day is also used by online tricksters. Discover some of the funny, or not so funny viruses, that have tricked people in the past and arm yourself with some simple information to keep you safe.
The number of organizations that have been hit by hackers reads like a ‘who’s who’ of just about every major operation on the planet. The list includes retail giants, the US military and one of the world’s largest employers, the UK’s National Health Service. That said hacks have become so common we’ve almost become accustomed to the implications – identity theft, financial loss and the sale of our personal details.
Your Windows or Office software usually comes bundled on your computer, along with discs that contain the product license key. But losing these discs is easy and once lost you no longer have access to the product key. So should you want to reinstall the software you could, on the surface, have a problem. However, you can recover your product license keys from the Windows Registry and it’s a lot simpler than you might think with third-party utilities. Here’s how.
Do you want to extend the battery life of your Android device so you don’t get caught out with a dead smartphone in the middle of the night or simply when you’re out and about? There are actually many ways you can stop all the juice quickly draining from your battery. And they’re really simple to put in place.
There are over one billion smartphones in use today. It’s an enormous number and to put it in context it’s approximately one sixth of the world’s population. Smartphones are powerful tools enabling us to do all sorts of things while on the go. However, they can also track your every move and scoop up reams of personal information – without you knowing anything about it. If your phone has its geo-location services switched on, it most certainly will be monitoring your journeys.
Computer passwords; they’re mundane and every day and even the most complex can be cracked – eventually. But that shouldn’t stop you from protecting your digital life with a password that will give hackers headaches until an alternative comes along such as the pill which is activated by stomach acid and sends out an 18-bit ECG-like signal or a RFID chip injected into your body. Sounds crazy but being they’re being worked on as you read this. To find out more and how to set a real tough nut password read on.
Malware exploit kits are believed to account for most malware infections today. These kits are rented out to hackers, spammers and phishers so they can out their nefarious activities. Find out all you need to know about malware exploit kits from where they originate to how to protect yourself.
The European Union’s decision to change data protection laws is a massive boost for individual privacy. It puts privacy back in the hands of individuals and firmly places the onus on companies to gain consent from individuals before sinking them beneath an unwanted avalanche of direct marketing. Here’s what it means for you.
With so many attacks aimed at everyday computer users, it’s often difficult to nail hacker motives. But a recent analysis of cyber theft during 2014 data reveals a startling new trend – ID theft is the top priority for hackers, over and above credit card information theft for example. In the light of these figures, if you weren’t already, it’s time to get serious about protection.