Ten years of phishing

phishingIn 2004 phishing was officially recognized as a global, industrial-scale problem. Since then it has become even more entrenched with scammers all over the world, from the Ukraine and India, to the US and Belgium, adopting it. But today, it is also mutating into spear phishing, precise attacks aimed at specific and lucrative targets.

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Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet DayToday is Safer Internet Day. The aim is to promote safer and more responsible use of technology, especially amongst children and young people across the world. In keeping with the theme BullGuard carried out a survey to find out how parent’s think about their children’s use of technology. Unsurprisingly parents think their kids spend too long using technology. Surprisingly, perhaps in a fit of honesty, parents admit to doing the same. Read on.

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Who’s tracking your smartphone?

who is tracking your smartphoneThere are so many organisations keen on scooping up your personal data it might be more pertinent to ask who isn’t tracking your smartphone? From third party data agents to app creators, retailers, social networks and intelligence agencies the list is lengthy. And ironically many people don’t even know it’s happening – so here is what’s going on and why and also useful tips to protect yourself from the snoopers.

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The Phablet Phenomenon

The Phablet PhenomenonThe Western World is rapidly moving towards mobile computing; it’s fast, easy and powerful and in most cases can enable the same, and higher, levels of computing as desktop PCs and laptops. As a result, phablets, a hybrid smartphone and tablet are becoming increasingly popular with analysts predicting that their growth will eventually outstrip that of tablets and traditional smartphones. They are serious devices, but they also need serious protection.

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Have you seen what you look like online?

data privacy day

Everything we post online is forever present in cyberspace. Emails, updates, messages – even those old photos and videos that make us cringe are stored somewhere in the World Wide Web and can be found if you know where to look. There’s no such thing as a delete button online and given that social networks are often the first port of call for potential employers (or admirers!) it pays to clean up our profiles. BullGuard offers some simple tips on how to come across well online and avoid leaving behind a trail of digital mischief. We also reveal the results of a survey which show just how savvy people are when it comes to looking after their online profile – you might be surprised.

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Anonymous takes on jihadists

AnonymousHacktivist collective Anonymous has set about taking down jihadi websites and accounts, ironically putting it on the same side as European governments. But many Islamic fundamentalists are socially media savvy and have on Twitter for example, created a web of interlinking accounts to protect themselves. Is a cyber-war brewing and does Anonymous have the collective will to pursue its aims long after the atrocities of recent weeks have dropped out of the headlines?

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Another bitcoin exchange hacked

bitcoinBitstamp, a trusted bitcoin exchange, has been hacked to the tune of over £3 million. ‘Don’t worry,’ says the company, it’s only a fraction of what it holds in its reserves. It’s also the latest in a long line of bitcoin hacks.

Another bitcoin exchange has been hacked with the theft of about £3.4 million in virtual currency. This time it was Bitstamp, one of the largest and most trusted of bitcoin exchanges.

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North Korea and the US on common ground

ExploitYou’ve probably heard of zero-day exploits but might not know what exactly it means. It’s a type of virus that is extremely dangerous, and relatively common. Traditional antivirus detection doesn’t halt zero-day exploits however, they can be stopped. And intriguingly, governments around the world from North Korea to the US pay a lot of money for information on zero-day discoveries – so they can turn them against others.

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