How to Protect Your Computer From Scammers During Valentine’s Day

How to Protect Your Computer From Scammers During Valentine’s Day February is a time for falling in love, but there is definitely one thing you shouldn’t fall for – scams. Scammers are lurking around every corner and they are very skilled at what they do. Follow these tips to ensure you will only fall for you significant other this Valentine’s Day. Photo credit: valart2008 / Foter / CC BY Protect Your Computer The first step to preventing scammers from taking advantage of your information is to protect your computer. Figure out which firewall you need for your computing needs and install it. Make sure you have the latest antivirus software…

Law Firms Beware – Preventing CryptoWall Ransomware

Law Firms Beware – Preventing CryptoWall Ransomware About five months ago, a computer hack made its way through over 600,000 computers called CryptoWall Ransomware. PCWorld reported over 5 billion files were encrypted. The virus quieted down in November, but now it is back and the hack’s main target is law firms. Photo credit: Don Hankins / Foter / CC BY The version circulating from British Columbia down through North America has been dubbed CryptoWall 3.0 by attackers, according to ComputerWorld. The program relies on ransomware, encrypting the files of affected computers and offering a decryption key for $500 in Bitcoin currency. CryptoWall finds its way into your system through weak…

Business Travelers Feel The Heat From Hotel Computer Virus

Business Travelers Feel The Heat From Hotel Computer Virus The next time you travel, be extra cautious when logging into the hotel Wi-Fi. That’s because hackers have developed a new virus aimed at business travelers in an attempt to gain access to corporate information. The virus, called “Dark Hotel,” tricks travelers into thinking they need to download updates to their computer in order to access the hotel Wi-Fi system. If the hotel guest downloads the virus, hackers are able to install a key-logging tool which can allow hackers to access passwords and other private information within an organization. According to CNBC, the most targeted business travelers by “Dark Hotel” are…

How to Avoid cyber monday scams and keep your computer and mobiles devices secure for the holiday seasons

How to Avoid cyber monday scams and keep your computer and mobiles devices secure for the holiday seasons Cyber Monday is quickly creeping up on shoppers who want to grab the best deals possible from the favorite online retailers. But it also means cyber criminals are busy putting together their holiday lists of websites and shoppers to target. Photo credit: Vanderelbe.de / Foter / CC BY-SA Each year, more and more shoppers fall prey to “unbeatable deals” that are actually false links for hackers to gain access to your information to do holiday shopping of their own. Pop ups looking like they are from popular online retailers like Amazon can…

A Prescription To Avoid Computer Viruses

A Prescription To Avoid Computer Viruses We’ve talked a lot lately about different kinds of computer viruses out there that could be lurking and waiting to attack your computer. From Ebola to Jimmy Kimmel, you never can be too sure of what’s safe and what’s dangerous. So we’ve compiled a list (a prescription of sorts) of ways you can be vigilant in keeping your computer, files and personal information safe. Photo credit: IntelFreePress / Foter / CC BY According to AngiesList, the number one way you can protect your computer from hackers is to not use the same password over and over again. You’ve probably seen a lot about company…

Ebola Virus Could Be Coming To Your Inbox

Ebola Virus Could Be Coming To Your Inbox You’ve probably heard about a fair share of viruses that could infect your computer just from clicking a link in your email – from sweepstakes scams to fake password reset links from online shopping sites. Now there’s even more reason to be mindful of the emails you open and links you click: an Ebola hack could be lurking in your inbox. Photo credit: NIAID / Foter / CC BY According to The International Business Times, a new strain of malware is being distributed by hackers in the form of an email from the World Health Organization, WHO. The email is being sent…

Celebrities: How They Can Attack Your Computer With Viruses

Celebrities: How They Can Attack Your Computer With Viruses Photo credit: Don Hankins / Foter / CC BY The next time you search for your favorite celebrity online, you might want to think twice before clicking a link from a site you aren’t familiar with. That’s because some celebrities are more likely than others to link you to a website with spyware, malware or other viruses. According to McAfee, Jimmy Kimmel is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. McAfee said Kimmel has a 19 percent chance of sending your computer to a site that could cause harm. Cyber-criminals use malware and spyware in an attempt to steal your…

Keeping Data Out Of Hackers’ Hands

Keeping Data Out Of Hackers’ Hands Photo credit: Johan Larsson / Foter/ Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Recently, Russian hackers made off with 1.2 billion username/password combinations and over 500 million email addresses, in what the New York Times says is “the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials.” Here are a few simple but effective steps Forbes has shared that should be taken to protect yourself from hackers. -Wi-Fi hotspots should be used with caution. The free Wi-Fi in your hotel lobby or the downtown coffee shop is never going to be secure, even if you have to ask for the password. Being free to the…

PF Chang’s is Latest Victim of Data Breach

PF Chang’s is Latest Victim of Data Breach Data breaches have affected several major U.S. corporations recently, Target Corp., Michaels Stores Inc., Sally Beauty Holding Inc. and Neiman Marcus to name a few. PF Chang’s China Bistro Inc. can now be added to the list. The restaurant chain, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has provided a list of 33 locations where credit and debit cards used may have had information stolen. The potentially stolen data includes the card number and possibly the cardholders name and/or the card’s expiration date. Mark Dryer, CEO of MDL Technology, an IT and managed services firm in Kansas City, said that companies need to make sure…

What You Need To Know About Computer Viruses:

What You Need To Know About Computer Viruses: ‘Virus’ is a blanket term typically used to reference computer malware. Malware simply stands for malicious software. Viruses and malware usually have two main functions: to spread and do cause damage or theft. They also possess the ability to avoid detection and replicate.   Hoax emails that warn about viruses are becoming increasingly popular. According to the University of Cambridge, emails such as these typically ask you to forward the “warning” to as many people as possible. Do not open or forward these, delete them. A study by toptenreviews revealed that 32% of the worlds computers were affected with some type of…