Online Safety

Five Fast Fixes When Your Computer Slows Down

Now that computers have been part of our daily lives for a couple of decades, it’s easy to take for granted that they work just the way we want them to every minute of every day. Lightning-fast processors, broadband connections, streaming video, and real-time video capabilities make us want it all, want it fast, and want it now. That’s what makes things so exasperating when our computers slow down. They slow down our productivity at work. They limit our entertainment options. They frustrate us when we try to catch up with family and friends.

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Do Data Breaches Harm Our Youth?

It’s easy to assume that adults are the only people affected by data breaches. After all, these breaches typically expose credit card information, social security numbers, and other details used for identity theft. Anyone under 18 does not seem like a valuable target. In reality, however, children are specifically targeted by hackers. A report published by Javelin Strategy & Research showed that over a million children had their identity stolen in 2017.

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Security in Online Gaming

Humans naturally like to feel safe. It is a characteristic that has stayed with us from the Ice Age, although now we are fighting internet hackers rather than Sabretooth Tigers. The web is a fantastic marketplace that many of us could not do without. The amount of money that flows through it every day is astronomical and needs to be safeguarded at every turn to stop these online fiends committing raids.

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The Ultimate Guide to Phishing Protection

For those of you who are not familiar with the phishing term, here is a simple definition: phishing consists in personal information theft (through any means) in order to get access to one’s bank accounts. Of course, the final goal is to steal money. Those who practice phishing are called cybercriminals. In 2008, there were more than 5 million phishing victims in USA alone.

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Is LastPass Secure?

LastPass is a popular cloud-based password manager that has quickly become popular for those looking for an easy solution to create and keep their passwords safe. There are many software and cloud-based solutions available for managing passwords, such as RoboForm and KeePass, but for many users – myself included – LastPass is what they prefer. Of course, as with any software that stores personal information, the question on how secure LastPass really is has come up in many discussions online.

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How You Can Create Stronger Passwords

It seems that news about a breach of security that results in the stealing of usernames and passwords seems to be an everyday occurrence these days. The news, from Hold Security, that Russian hackers have created a list of 1.2 billion usernames and passwords come as a surprise because of the number of login credentials that have been stolen.

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Why Common Sense is Vital to Computer Security

I read an article about the how Justice Department in Canada launched a mock scam as a security exercise to determine how the employees react to a phishing e-mail. Much like a real phishing e-mail, the mock e-mail was made to look like an official government or financial institution e-mail, with a link to a fake website made to look like a real site.

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