Watch out, an Exe is about

email malware .exe attachments are a favourite tool for cyber villains to download malware onto your computer. That said they’re easy to identify and safeguard against if you know what you’re looking for. But hackers take it as a given that most people don’t know how to identify different file types hence the continued popularity of .exe attachments to hide malware.

One of the most common tricks used by hackers is to get unsuspecting users to click on a malicious .exe file which leads to malware being downloaded onto a computer. They’re usually sent to you as an email attachment with the email offering some form of compelling inducement to get you to open the attachment.

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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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Digital Mission Creep

privacyThe UK’s National Health Service is set to launch a sweeping scheme designed to promote better healthcare and greater efficiencies. To be successful it requires the collating of patient data in a centralised database. But critics point out that private medical records could be exposed to all and everybody. The argument illustrates how the notion of privacy is being rapidly eroded in the digital age.

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Shell shocked… by Shellshock

cybercrimeOn paper the recently discovered Shellshock virus has the potential to cause widespread chaos. In reality, it’s likely to affect only those who have poor and outdated security practises – though that might well be a large number.

The recent discovery of the Shellshock vulnerability certainly sent shockwaves rippling around the world with concerns about the potential damage to critical national infrastructure. The UK’s cyber security team Cert-UK sent an alert to all government departments saying the flaw had the ‘highest possible’ threat ratings. The US National Cyber Security Division ranked it ten out of ten for severity.

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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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Child Safety Week and how to use parental control software

Child Safety Week and how to use parental control softwareThe coming days are dedicated to flagging up potential dangers faced by children. Given that many parents are unsure about parental control software we thought it is an appropriate time to remind everyone just how useful online parental control is and also just how simple it is to use.

This week is Child Safety Week.  It’s an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and is designed to raise awareness about child accidents and how they can be prevented.

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