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Google+ Going Away (For Real This Time) After Massive Leak
Did you know it was still going? As social media platforms go, there are a handful of major players standing out from among a countless slew of other websites and apps. Some are niche tools, like J-Date or DateACowboy.com, that cater to a specific target audience. Others, like LinkedIn,... Read more
Facebook Could Face Billions In Fines Over Data Breach
It’s more bad news for Facebook. Facebook had to announce last week that yet another cybersecurity and privacy fiasco has taken place with its users’ information. 50 million of those users were compromised, by their estimate, along with a potential 40 million more. By exploiting the tokens related to... Read more
Vishing Attacks Rise 350%
New report reveals alarming increase in voice fraud incidents. There seems to be no end to the number of ways scammers can target your data, and new methods crop up almost every day. From the highest skill sets involved in cybercrime and hacking to the most ordinary, mundane social... Read more
Uber To Pay $148,000,000 Over 2016 Data Breach  
This brings an end to one of several high-profile legal battles Uber is currently involved with across the world. News has emerged that the ride-hailing firm Uber is to hand over $148 million to settle ongoing legal action over the 2016 cyber-attack the company tried to hide, and that exposed data... Read more
Facebook Breach Compromises 50 Million Accounts
Hackers exploit vulnerability in Facebook’s ‘View As’ feature to access 50 million user accounts. In the mad rush to be the king of data collection and use, Facebook has had quite a few privacy slip ups over the years. Perhaps that’s why the public response to today’s announcement of... Read more
Malicious Code Causes WordPress Sites To Redirect To Scams
Outdated plugins exposed WordPress sites to hackers. Earlier this month, security researchers uncovered an alarming find: thousands of WordPress sites had been attacked and had malicious code injected into their pages. By going after vulnerabilities in outdated plugins, hackers caused these pages to redirect to tech support scams. These... Read more
What Is A VPN? Here’s Everything You Need To Know
Are you still not using a VPN? Maybe you should be. This year has already taken a rapid nosedive past the midway point and is quickly coming to a close. So far this year, though, we’ve already experienced record-setting numbers of cybercrimes, security flaws, and data breaches resulting in... Read more
Mirai Botnet Creators Helping FBI Will Avoid Jail Time
The three young hackers expected to be sentenced to work for the FBI instead of jail time. The three notorious hackers behind one of the most powerful pieces of malware ever used on the open internet, the Mirai Botnet, have been working with the FBI for more than a year…according to documents filed in a... Read more
How To Improve Cybersecurity for your Small Business: A Quick 7 Step Guide 
If you own a small business it’s far more important than you might think to take some time to protect yourself from hackers and cyber-criminals. But we get it…It’s a hassle, and unless you are running some sort of IT related company, the idea of implementing effective cybersecurity might seem as... Read more
Should You Pay For Antivirus?
We count down 5 antivirus features we think are worth paying for.  There are a whole bunch of great free antivirus options out there which are more than capable of protecting your computer from the vast majority of threats. However, is it a case of getting what you pay for,... Read more
Highly-Skilled Hackers? More Like User Error
Reports find data breaches more often caused by human error than cyber attacks. The Identity Theft Resource Center continues to track year-over-year record-setting numbers of data breaches that compromise millions of consumer records every year. These attacks take many forms, including malware installed on point-of-sale systems, ransomware, phishing and... Read more
Uber, Lyft Spoofed For Phishing
The inevitable threat to new tech hits lift-sharing services. The internet has given birth to a whole new way for hardworking individuals to earn a serious income. In today’s gig-economy, employers and workers all over the world can connect for both one-and-done opportunities and years’-long working relationships. Unfortunately, this... Read more
Which Antivirus Is Right For You?
There are a heap of antivirus titles to choose from, but what you should look for? Cybercrime is big business these days and the methods used by nefarious digital agents are getting ever more sophisticated. Once upon a time, when the internet was but a fresh-faced young whipper-snapper, wearing... Read more
ExpressVPN Review: A Powerful Anonymous VPN With Tons of Features to Boot | AD
When it comes to VPNs, or virtual private networks, anonymity is everything. For years, users from around the world have been turning to VPNs to help encrypt their communications, unblock geographically restricted content, or both. With an ever-growing demand for more privacy and security—and an ongoing struggle against government... Read more
No, Your iPhone Isn’t Listening To Everything, Apple Says
Apple have insisted in a letter to US Federal authorities that despite the number of conspiracy theories going around, iPhones only listen to their users when they use the ‘Hey Siri’ trigger phrase. Apple has also said that there is a clear visual indicator that lets users know when Siri is listening, to a... Read more
Facebook Dumps Its Data-Gathering VPN
A popular television commercial brought a new phrase to the public vernacular: “That’s not how this works… that’s not how any of this works.” The woman in the commercial obviously has no clue how Facebook works as she shows her friends all the photos she’s posted to her wall…... Read more
AI Pornography Deepfakes Are Dangerous Ground
AI-created “deepfake” videos can be shockingly realistic, causing terrifying concern for misuse. When a video of a foul-mouthed former President Barack Obama (NSFW) went viral last year, it was good for a laugh. The straight-laced favorite leader was finally letting loose and saying the things he wanted to say!... Read more
Banks Warned Of Global Cyberattack
The FBI warns financial institutions of suspected upcoming unlimited operation attack. In cybercrime, an “unlimited operation” (also called an ATM cashout) happens when hackers gain access to a financial institution’s account information and PINs, change the balances in different customers’ accounts, and then use that balance and login information... Read more