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robert-siciliano's picture
Mar.30.2014
You may have heard news reports about popular websites such as CNN, Amazon and Yahoo! being taken down by a DoS attack, but have you ever wondered what DoS means? This common tech term stands for “denial-of-service,” where an attacker attempts to prevent legitimate users from accessing a website...
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Mar.21.2014
“Ransomware” is what holds data hostage by invading one’s computer when the user clicks on a malicious link in an e-mail or downloads an infected attachment. Visiting a fraudulent web site can also trigger an attack. Ransomware then goes to work at putting your files on lockdown so you can’t...
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Feb.19.2014
Would you reasonably expect success when attempting to drive cross country in a 1975 Pinto with balled tires, no brakes, dried cracked belts and with already 250k on the motor? You might if you didn’t stop and think about things. The same is true of an individual or a business who’s still using a...
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Jan.09.2014
As we wind down the year, it’s a time to reflect, but also to look forward. Some of us may be thinking about resolutions and what we need to do in the upcoming year—exercise more, eat better, have better work/life balance, etc. Others of us will be thinking about how we’re going to ring in the New...
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Jul.15.2013
Earlier this week McAfee Labs™ released the McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2013, which reported that malware shows no sign of changing its steady growth, which has risen steeply during the last two quarters. Many of the most significant growth trends from previous three quarters actually...
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May.17.2013
“Malware” is a shortened version of the words malicious software. It is defined as: a generic term used to describe any type of software or code specifically designed to exploit a computer/mobile device or the data it contains, without consent. Most malware is designed to have some financial gain...
robert-siciliano's picture
Dec.01.2012
  iPhones, Androids and other smartphones are much more than just a way to call our friends and family and store their phone numbers. Today’s smartphones have become our most personal computer and contain much more than pictures and contacts. They now allow us to access financial data, bank...
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Apr.29.2012
Consumers tend to be oblivious to the various layers of security financial institutions utilize to protect their bank accounts. But having a better understanding of what occurs behind the scenes can help consumers adapt to influential new technologies. The Federal Financial Institutions...
dale-estey's picture
Apr.05.2012
Just as I don't really understand how all the images get on my TV, or what all happens when I turn the key in the car, so the machinations of my computer astound me. So, if there is a method to help keep my machine free from harm, I'll take it. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * How to Scan Your Site...
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Mar.25.2012
You’ve seen barcodes all your life. So you know what they look like: rectangles “boxes” comprised of a series of vertical lines. When a cashier scans a barcode, you hear a familiar beep and you are charged for that item. A QR code looks different and offers more functionality. QR stands for “quick...