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Hackers Go for the Gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics

b2ap3_thumbnail_sochi_winter_olympics_400.jpgIn Sochi, Russia, the world's best athletes aren't the only ones having spent years preparing for the Winter Olympics. Russian hackers have also readied themselves for the world's arrival. Hackers have tapped every public WiFi network in the vicinity of the games. We can learn a thing or two about the WiFi problems in Sochi.

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Don’t Underestimate the Black Market Value of Your Email

b2ap3_thumbnail_email_value_400.jpgDue to the many different forms of digital communication, you may check your email less than ever before. However, just because you may not use your email account very often, it doesn't mean that a hacker will leave it alone. Every email account is full of valuable information and should be protected with the strongest security measures available.

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Biometrics: The New Standard in Security

b2ap3_thumbnail_biometrics_future_of_security_400.jpgWith the introduction of Microsoft's Kinect and Apple's iPhone 5s, biometrics has exploded! Both of these tools are being utilized for security purposes to lock others out of your device and accounts. Biometrics for these devices are also being employed to grant you access to your technology. As biometrics becomes more popular, you are sure to see it used for your business in the not too distant future.

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Where Did Internet Spam Come From?

b2ap3_thumbnail_spammy400.jpgSpam in your email inbox is extremely annoying. Email spam is always an eyesore, and swallows up valuable time wasted on sifting through your inbox. Have you ever wondered how email spam got its name? You may be surprised to find the answer. Here's a hint: it has something to do with Vikings, a diner, canned meat, and a British comedy.

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Protect Your Critical Data with VPN

b2ap3_thumbnail_vpnet400.jpgWhen getting work done on the Internet, users are faced with a slew of threats that could hack sensitive company and personal data. Integrating a VPN solution may be your best option in securing your company network and files from online attacks. What is VPN, and why should your company be using it?

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2 Million Stolen Passwords Recovered

b2ap3_thumbnail_pwrrrd400.jpgSecurity company Trustwave made a discovery last week that sent the online world into a frenzy. They recovered two million stolen passwords from 93,000 different websites. This password cache included user accounts from major companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo. Is your password part of this haul?

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Can the CryptoLocker Virus be Stopped?

b2ap3_thumbnail_ransom400.jpgLast September, the Internet was introduced to CryptoLocker, a dangerous ransomware that has quickly spread and become one of the worst viruses we have seen. CryptoLocker will literally take your files hostage by encrypting them so it can force you to pay for the encryption key. A business hit with CryptoLocker will be locked out of their computers and unable to get work done.

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The Copyright Alert System

b2ap3_thumbnail_copyright400.jpgSince the dawn of the digital age in the 1990s, illegal downloading of information, music, movies, software, and content has become an issue leading to major shifting in the way these industries do business. It's been hard to contain this issue of illegal downloading, but the latest attempt, the Copyright Alert System, looks promising.

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Don’t Fall for Fake Facebook Friends

b2ap3_thumbnail_friend400.jpgIt's a trap! As more people subscribe to social media networking sites, we can expect more scammers to weasel their way into our friend bases. Especially when using Facebook, you'll need to be on the look out for scammers. Here are some warning signs of fake Facebook friends to consider in order to keep your profile safe.

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What can You do to Keep Your Data in the Cloud Safe?

b2ap3_thumbnail_threebucksforthis400.jpgIn October of 2013, Adobe disclosed to their 2.9 million customers that their hosted information was compromised due to a data breach. Adobe sent out letters stating, "The attackers may have obtained access to your Adobe ID and encrypted password." For anyone that uses companies like Adobe to host their data, you will want to be prepared for a breach.

 

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Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A The Newest and Nastiest Ransomware on the Web

b2ap3_thumbnail_virus1-400.jpgThe latest nasty virus to hit the Internet is called Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A, a ransomware that first showed its ugly head on September 10th, 2013. This virus is capable of locking you out of your computer and stealing your sensitive information. Here's everything you need to know about this new ransomware and how to stop it.

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Why You Should Never Put Off Your Security Maintenances

b2ap3_thumbnail_safecomp400.jpgHow do you know if your IT security system is doing its job? Security is a silent system, which means if the system is functioning properly, then you won't notice it. However, strong IT security requires maintenance, and if this upkeep is neglected, then your silent system will fail.

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What to do when a Dragon Attacks Your Business

b2ap3_thumbnail_dragonrev400.jpgYou know it's important to have a firewall to keep your data safe, but did you know the needs of your business demand stronger firewall software than what comes with your Windows operating system? When dealing with a complex business network, it's highly recommended that you go with a hardware firewall solution that's up for the task.

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Get Rid of Virtual Zombies Once and For All

b2ap3_thumbnail_zomb400.jpgIs your computer infected with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) virus? If your workstation is infected with DDOS, then you wouldn't know about it. DDOS is a virus that compromises web servers by creating a zombie command-and-control center. This allows hackers to take control of your servers for the purpose of using your computers for malicious activities.

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Russian Communicationist Find a Better Solution

b2ap3_thumbnail_keys400.jpgToday's international headlines are dominated with stories like WikiLeaks spreading secret documents, and the United States' NSA spy scandal. These stories are making people doubt how secure their communications really are, which is why Russia is taking the drastic measure of using paper to communicate in a digital age.

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Lockdown Your Sensitive Files with TrueCrypt

b2ap3_thumbnail_truecrypt400.pngWhat if you walked away from your PC and someone else jumped on with bad intentions? How much digging around would they have to do before they discovered your most sensitive files? If your personal files are encrypted, then a thief will be stopped in their tracks and your identity will be safe.

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What Happens to Your Accounts After Death?

b2ap3_thumbnail_inactive400.jpgIt's 3 o'clock in the morning and you just shotgunned your last Red Bull to finish up debugging some code for the new software your company plans to launch next week. You decide to take a break and log into your Facebook account and find that John, who recently passed away, just shared a blog titled, "From Beyond the Grave" with you. Spooky right?

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Watch Out for Cellphone Thieves!

b2ap3_thumbnail_CellPhoneTheft400.jpgIt seems like everybody owns a cellphone. This might actually be the case; 175 million cellphones were sold last year in the U.S. alone. With the proliferation of cellphones in pockets, comes more cellphones being picked from pockets. Cellphone theft is on the rise, accounting for 1/3 of all thefts in the US. What's being done to stop cellphone theft?

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What’s in Your Firewall?

b2ap3_thumbnail_Firewall400.jpgIt is vital that you have a firewall in place to protect your network. Unlike the name suggests, a firewall will not protect your PC from an actual fire, but rather, a firewall will protect your computers from cyber-threats. Network firewalls are a little more complex than brick and mortar; here is a basic explanation on how firewalls work.

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Is Your Business Appealing to Hackers?

b2ap3_thumbnail_HackingAppeal400.jpgYou may think that just because you are a small and local company that hackers won’t want to waste their time on you. Wouldn’t a hacker prefer to go after a large corporation? If your business has poor network security, then your company is more appealing to hackers then even the biggest banks.

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