In May, almost 300 million hacked email addresses have been discovered – yet again – so it’s time to shore up your password defences. Most of this data was outdated and of little use, but it’s still a timely reminder that your first line of defence should be strong password. It’s a lot easier than you think to set an infinitely tough password that is next to impossible to crack. Do this and if your email address is filched of some website you can kick back and cackle with glee knowing that a hacker might have your email address but they’ll never get into any of your accounts.
In the past few months there has been a significant uptick in the amount of ransomware that has been detected. It’s time to take this dastardly ransomware threat seriously, if you’re not already doing so.
The latest news from the world of cyber skulduggery from LinkedIn passwords for sale, the re-emergence of ATM malware, fears in the US about banking and shopping online and even real live pirates swinging from the rigging to descend on precious cargo identified by hacking a shipping company’s systems. You can also learn how to simply set a password that takes hundreds of years to crack. There’s a bit more too.
With many people using online banking as a preferred means of managing finances it’s absolutely vital that you know how to protect yourself from hackers, scammers and fraudsters keen to exploit vulnerabilities and a lack of awareness. Read on for protection tips.
Password managers are an essential tool to keep your personal information safe, allowing you to set really strong passwords and making them easy to use so you don’t have to remember the complex password formulas you have created. We’ve flagged up eight of the most popular – check them out, there’s sure to be one for you.
Welcome to part II of how stay anonymous online. This blog largely goes a little technically deeper than part 1 but that doesn’t mean to says it’s technically complex. Some of the steps are quite easy and require little more than downloads rather than tinkering around with settings. If you’re serious about protecting your online privacy, then this is for you.
The idea of privacy online has just about been blown out of the water following the relatively recent revelations about government snooping. That said, there are some simple steps you can take, often requiring no more than a few seconds of your time, to protect your privacy whether its anonymous browsing or whether you simply want to stop your browsing activities from being tracked. In the first part of this blog we look at some really simple steps you can take that effectively stop you from being tracked and stalked by ads.
Unsurprisingly this week’s headlines have featured a lot of jaw jaw about Talk Talk who with three cyber breaches in a year clearly do not listen listen. People are upset, disturbed and not a little angry. One website is advising customers how to get out of their contracts. M&S and British Gas have also experienced some cyber embarrassment – as have their customers who have had personal details put on public view. A botnet consisting of 900 CCTV cameras has been discovered while out of work Russian IT workers may just well be gearing up for an assault on Western critical infrastructure, because – they’re out of work.
From out-of-control cars and hacks that come beaming into your radio riding the notes of a song, to the perils of ‘butt dialling’ and the inevitable growth in cybercrime it’s a week full of hacking shenanigans, more flaws and disturbing insights.
The fall-out from the hack of the Milan-based Hacking Team continues with all sorts of revelations about how the powerful would like to continue spying on the largely powerless. Adobe Flash vulnerabilities continue to be revealed while the US National Security Agency will be pretty hacked off following the discovery of its latest spying techniques. Meanwhile users of a website that facilitates affairs must be feeling nervous as hackers promise to spill the beans on names, addresses and even sexual fantasies.