Bet 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?
There are some great apps out there for kids this Halloween. They make great gifts, provide lots of fun and also offer educational focus for younger children. We’ve put together a list of what we think are some of the most entertaining and accessible apps – but watch out, make sure the spooks don’t get you.
With 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.
With 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.
Online 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.
The 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.
On 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.
National Express is one of the largest transport companies in the UK. Listed on the FTSE, its coaches are a familiar sight on motorways with about 550 every day travelling close to 1,000 destinations. The company is a household name and it’s also rapidly expanding into bus and rail transport in new regions of the world.
Cyberbullying is a word we’re all very familiar with, typically in reference to children and teenagers, but how often do you hear of adult cyberbullying? According to a recent study in Australia, 35% of adults have identified as being victims of cyberbullying.
If you’re a regular reader of the BullGuard blog (if you’re not, you should be – sign up here!), you’ll know that with so many frequent privacy updates on Facebook, it can be hard to stay on top of these updates and how it could impact you and your account.