You know when your computer is not doing its thing when you click on something and you can count the seconds before the computer responds. And given that we’re so used to performance at the speed of light those seconds can feel like minutes and hours.
It’s almost natural to assume that its part of the computer’s ageing process, a bit like a body that simply wears out over time. But before you begin gnashing your teeth and pointedly digging a pen into your desk, it’s worth considering that performance problems can be fixed. There are many reasons why computers run slow and by and large they tend to form a common pattern.
That’s almost 5 times more than the second-leading malware-hosting nation: the United Kingdom, who only came in at 10%. That’s quite a lead for the U.S.
So which brands are hosting malware, unintentionally? Amazon is reportedly responsible for 16%, while Go Daddy comes in at a close second with 14%. This data is especially interesting, when you think about how many articles cite Eastern Europe as the culprit. Don’t be fooled – the US is now producing more volumes of malware code than anyone else in the world.
This blog sometimes runs the risk of become something of a Cassandra given the nature of the topics we cover. But we’d be failing in our duty if we didn’t bring things to your attention we think you should be aware of. As the old saying goes, ‘Forewarned is forearmed.’
And that said there’s rarely a dull moment in the online world with headline leading hacks happening on an almost weekly basis. And the issues that have surfaced recently are very relevant to everyone who makes use of mobile computing.
With over 10 popular web browsers out there, how are you supposed to know which will protect you and offer you with the services you need? Well, the good news is you don’t. There’s a lot to consider when looking for a good browser, and BullGuard is here to help you find the right one.
By looking at the browsers and checking for basic features like pop-up blocking, html5 support and private browsing, as well as features like flash, acid test scores and IPv6 support, it was easy to cull a few. And after delving into security and privacy features, only a few were left. But when it was all said and done, our vote is Firefox, without a doubt.
The company called Wickr, (for those of you that aren’t familiar with it, it’s a secure messaging app), has reached out to hackers and offered them a reward for doing what they do on a daily basis.
That’s right, hackers are being offered $100,000 to uncover and, here’s the important part, ‘responsibly disclose’ any and all critical security flaws in the company’s app.
Just before Christmas last year the mother of all hacks took place in the US. Target, a retailer which sells everything from kid’s swings and outdoor flooring to curling irons and razor sharp HD smart TVs had its point of sales (PoS) systems hacked.
Information from up to 40 million customer’s credit and debit cards was lifted by hackers. Within days, this information started appearing on underground web sites which specialize in this type of information. Some of the credit card details were going for about $20 each. So worried were the banks that some of them even dived into the deep web and bought up the credit/debit card information to protect their reputation and their customer’s bank accounts.
If you haven’t heard of Bluetooth-enabled skimming devices before, you definitely need to read this article. These devices are being used to steal card information. A recent scam resulted in cyber criminals making off with more than $2 million.
Skimming devices are typically installed inside gas pumps or fixed to ATM’s so that they aren’t detectable by the victims using the machines. By installing Bluetooth-enabled skimming devices, the cyber criminals are making their lives easier – the devices never have to be physically removed, because all of the data can be accessed remotely.
In January 2014, Homeland Security has been breached by hackers, ironically. A web portal for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security containing private and financial documents for more than 110 organizations was hacked.
Apparently the companies affected had bid on a Science and Technology contract for a division within Homeland Security. The source is currently undetermined.
In January, Neiman Marcus confirmed that it had suffered a data breach. Initially only a few details were released – all that was shared was that fraudulent charges were found on credit and debit cards of customers of Neiman Marcus. It did not reveal what types of data were stolen or how many customers were affected. A few weeks later, it was revealed that the data breach was much worse than originally thought. Neiman Marcus has since announced that cyber criminals had hacked into their system and had been operating within it for several months. Over 1.1 million credit and debit cards were affected.
Late last year we ran a blog on vulnerabilities in D-Link routers. In recent weeks hacks on routers have reportedly picked up with attacks on Linksys and Asus routers. There are even reports of hackers in Poland launching large-scale router attacks to get log-in details and passwords for online bank accounts.