Tagged: network security

Justice Department Shuts Down Two Notorious Web Viruses

While law enforcement believes they were able to hunt down and destroy all instances of both GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker — two of the most notorious web viruses operating today — there is no way to know for sure. Even if they did destroy all copies of both viruses, there will certainly be more of this kind of malware released by other hackers in the future. Keep reading to learn things you can do to protect yourself from botnets and ransomware.

WifiForward and the Future of WiFi

According to WifiForward, a group of companies concerned with making WiFi better, we are in for a WiFi crunch in a few years. Having better WiFi connections can only lead to a brighter future, but as we move into this WiFi-centric world, we would do well to keep online security issues in mind.

Child Porn Cases Highlight the Dangers of Unsecure Home WiFi

When you think about the danger of cyber criminals invading your home WiFi network, what’s your biggest fear? If you’re like most consumers, it’s likely to be having your sensitive information stolen and used to commit identity fraud.

Failing to secure your home WiFi connection could lead to your home network being hijacked and used to commit many kinds of crimes — read what’s happened to innocent people just like you.

Cloud Storage: A Goldmine for Hackers?

Although some people may believe “cloud storage” has something to do with weather fronts, it’s simply an easy way for anyone to save data with a remote, third-party database. And it’s becoming more and more mainstream. Any time you use Gmail to send an email, or upload photos to Shutterfly, as just two examples, you’re entrusting your personal and sensitive information to cloud storage.

New York City’s Payphone Hotspots Could Be a Payday for Hackers

In the age of smartphones, why would anyone want to use an outdated New York City payphone? To connect to a free WiFi hotspot, of course!  That’s what NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is counting on as he embarks on a bold plan to create one of the largest public WiFi networks in the country. Politicians and public interest and trade groups are jumping on the payphone hotspot bandwagon. But wait a minute! Is anybody thinking about security, which is non-existent at WiFi hotspots?

Hotel WiFi is a Favorite Place for Hackers

When we are traveling, there’s nothing more convenient than hotels offering WiFi so we can check our email and possibly even get a little work done. Since we usually pay a premium to access the hotel’s WiFi network, many of us probably assume that it must be secure.

Hackers Steal Data from Microsoft and the Army

If companies like Microsoft can’t safeguard their own proprietary information, how well can they protect your information? Keep reading to find out what hackers allegedly did with popular video games such as “Call of Duty” and “Gears of War 3” as well as other software systems.

Piggybackers Use Senior’s Unsecure Home WiFi Network for an Online Joyride

No one expects to get a $600 bill for basic wireless Internet service. But according to CBC News, that’s exactly what happened to Darlene Davies of Chilliwack, British Columbia. Davies normally pays $60 a month to use Rogers unsecured Rocket hub WiFi hotspot access point at home. So she was shocked when her monthly bill arrived and it was for 10 times that amount.

Davies said she didn’t know she had to add password protection to secure her home WiFi network. That left the door wide open for piggybackers to hop on her WiFi and rack up a huge bill.

In a Multi-device World, Expect More Risks to Your Online Security

Humanity reached an important mobile milestone this year. There are now more mobile devices than people on the planet.  Not surprisingly, part of what’s feeding the mobile frenzy is the growing number of consumers who are multi-device owners. More than 60% of online adults use at least two devices every day, according to a new study by GfK commissioned by Facebook. And more than 40% of those surveyed sometimes start an activity on one device but finish it on another. While that can make completing online tasks a lot more convenient, it can also expose your sensitive information to more online security risks. Each mobile device gives cybercriminals another access point they can exploit.

Wireless Security Threats Abound At the Olympic Games

When it comes to wireless security at the Winter Games in Sochi, you’re in a high risk environment. Cybercriminals routinely exploit high profile events that draw huge crowds. That’s why the U.S. government is warning travelers to the Olympics what they should expect – namely that none of their communications should be considered private.