Spooky silence

HalloweenBet you didn’t know that according to Wikipedia Halloween is a Christian feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Thought so. But does it matter? Today Halloween is great fun for children… and hackers. Hackers? In the parlance it’s a calendar event that is used to slip all sorts of rogue malware beneath the radar. But this Halloween it’s eerily quiet on the hacking front, which begs the question, what’s cooking in the cyber crime cauldron?

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Blog it… and back it up

blog hackedWith something like 500 million blogs out there some of them are inevitably going to be compromised by hackers. If you find that your blog has been hacked the first step is to check whether the web hosting company that provides the blog platform has been hacked. If not, then you’re probably the victim of a specific attack. If so, there are a few simple things you can do to get you and up and running again… and to stop any future attacks.

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Media storm sets the scene

hackWith high profile cyber hacks happening almost every week and the media often covering them in a breathless and sensationalist manner you’d be forgiven for thinking that going on to the internet is the equivalent of heading to Raqqa in Syria waving a large crucifix – a suicide mission. While of course, there are many dangers for the unprotected we’re not under siege by cyber misfits, we’re simply dealing with the downside of an interconnected world.

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Ten top tips for safe online banking and shopping

credit cardOnline banking and shopping are great ways to keep on top of your finances and buy the things you need without having to elbow, and be elbowed, your way through high street crowds. However, both activities are targets for hackers keen to get their digital paws on your personal information. That said, follow a few simple rules, as set out below, and you’ll be safe.

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Why Windows ended XP support

windows xpMicrosoft stopped supporting its Windows XP operating system for ordinary users back in April of this year. But there are still millions of people using it for various reasons from software that is incompatible with newer versions of Windows to hardware designed specifically to run off XP. As such there are ways to protect XP users but in the final analysis XP signals the end of an era as we slide into mobile, anywhere, anytime computing.

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Data breaches – a security risk

Hacker stealing data from a laptopSome data breaches are small such as stolen laptops and some are enormous like retailers that get hacked and lose millions of customer details. But all have the potential to wreak great damage. In the face of what sometimes seems like a deluge of personal data exposures many people might feel powerless. However, there are simple and effective measures that can be taken to safeguard data and protect against the negligence of others.

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What are Botnet DDoS attacks?

DDoS attackBotnets are responsible for much of the online fraud, scams and hack attacks that we see today. Consisting of networks of hijacked computers, and remotely controlled by hackers, they’ve been around a while and they’re going to be around a while longer too. That said, it’s relatively easy to ensure your computer doesn’t become a ’slave’ device to a hacker’s plans.

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The safest internet browser?

internet browserAn internet browser is not only a tool for accessing all those websites out there. It should also provide some basic levels of security. It’s not a security solution as such but at the very least you need to know that it won’t expose you to vulnerabilities. We provide a rundown on the security of today’s most popular browsers. 

So which internet browser do you prefer? Is it Internet Explorer from Microsoft loaded by default when you buy and boot up a new computer? Or do you lean towards open source such as Firefox as way of sticking up a single finger to the proprietary browsers that, some argue, seek to dominate the browser industry?  Or do you prefer the simplicity of Chrome, or even Opera the one that often sits below the radar?

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All about cookies and malware

cookiesIf you’ve ever wondered what cookies are, what they do on your computer and whether they pose a threat to you then read on and you’ll find out.

We’ve all heard of cookies, not the sugary biscuit things that we munch on, but those little files that sit on our computers and identify us when we visit a website.

If you want to know what a cookie does then try deleting them from your computer.  Simply go to ‘history’ in your browser and tick the ‘cookies’ box in the ‘clear browsing data’ section.

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