Parent’s struggle with children’s mobile usage

kids-mobile-useA comprehensive survey of children’s mobile usage reveals that parents are finding it difficult to keep ahead of their children’s surfing habits and harbour concerns about the dangers kids face particularly around stranger danger and cyber bullying.

It may be cold comfort but those parents who have found inappropriate content on their child’s mobile device are not alone. A BullGuard survey of 2,000 parents with children between the ages of 7 and 14 revealed that one in seven parents had discovered something unsuitable on their kid’s smartphone or tablet.

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Cryptolocker Hysteria Exploited by Hackers

Worst computer virusOne of the hottest subjects making headlines in the past few weeks are two related viruses, GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker, and the temporarily takedown of the huge botnet which distributed them.

The reason for the front page news is the amount of damage they have caused worldwide: over $100 million attributed to GameOver Zeus alone, not to mention the amount of money extorted by Cryptolocker from its victims in exchange for file decryption keys.

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NEWS ALERT: eBay security breached

ebayGlobal auction site, eBay is calling on its users to change their passwords.The move comes after hackers apparently got into one of its databases that contain encrypted passwords and email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

The company said it has conducted extensive tests across its networks and has found no evidence of user’s accounts being compromised.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the ApesA virus is set to wipe out humankind while our simian cousins have acquired intelligence equal to, and in some cases, above that of mankind. Apes are set to rule the world while the remaining humans fight against enslavement to chimps, gorillas and orang-utans. And you could find yourself hanging out in the tree tops of an outstandingly beautiful national park near Barcelona. What’s the connection? Read on.

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BullGuard helps children’s wishes come true

BullGuard helps children’s wishes come trueOn April 26th, the Great Radio Marathon will kick off. Radio DJ Lennart Creël will try to break the world record for making radio. He will be broadcasting on Club FM for no less than 190 hours. With this attempt to set a new record, Lennart wants to bring attention to Make A Wish Flanders.

Make a Wish is a charity organisation that helps seriously ill children by granting their wishes.

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NEWS ALERT – Microsoft Word 2010 vulnerability targeted by hackers – Microsoft issues temporary patch

Computer hacked_resizedHackers have been targeting a security hole in the popular word processing application Word 2010. The attacks are limited at the moment to unnamed targets, possibly a number of organisations, but in the meantime Microsoft has issued a temporary fix pending a full investigation.

Microsoft has just announced that Word 2010 has a vulnerability that has already been exploited by hackers.
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Mobile hacking – the new trend in the mobile app hacking world

Mobile hackingThis blog sometimes runs the risk of become something of a Cassandra given the nature of the topics we cover. But we’d be failing in our duty if we didn’t bring things to your attention we think you should be aware of. As the old saying goes, ‘Forewarned is forearmed.’

And that said there’s rarely a dull moment in the online world with headline leading hacks happening on an almost weekly basis.  And the issues that have surfaced recently are very relevant to everyone who makes use of mobile computing.

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Are routers under the attack of hackers?

Are routers under the attack of hackers?That innocuous little plastic box sitting in the corner could be the source of attacks on your computer

Late last year we ran a blog on vulnerabilities in D-Link routers. In recent weeks hacks on routers have reportedly picked up with attacks on Linksys and Asus routers. There are even reports of hackers in Poland launching large-scale router attacks to get log-in details and passwords for online bank accounts.

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