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ZenMate VPN offers unlimited device protection
If you’re a regular reader of FileHippo’s articles, you already know that we really think you need a VPN if you have any concerns at all about being tracked or having your personal data stolen. But for those of you who might have missed it, we’ll reiterate: you need... Read more
Telegram: The best free messaging app you’ve never heard of
Ask a friend about which messaging app she uses and you’re likely to hear Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and maybe Hangouts by Google (although that’s a lot less likely). But since 2013 there’s been another messaging tool out there called Telegram, which offers several key benefits over its more commercial... Read more
Sophos harnesses artificial intelligence to turbocharge its free antivirus software
Disclosure: Our team is always looking for things we think our readers will value. We have received compensation for publishing this article. Since its development in the late 1940’s, artificial intelligence (AI) has been used for everything from game playing to helping to improve healthcare. Broadly speaking, AI involves... Read more
BitDefender Total Security 2019 review
In the crowded field of antivirus security programs, it can be hard for developers to make their software stand out. There are lots of credible options out there, and increasingly it is becoming easier for the discernible user to seek out all the pro level security features for free... Read more
NordVPN Review
VPNs create a secure and encrypted tunnel between your PC and the servers the VPN providers have placed around the world. These tunnels even bypass your internet service provider meaning they can provide an extremely effective way of protecting your privacy online. If the company who provides your connection... Read more
Avast 2019 Review
Going online in 2019 can be a dangerous business. With huge new modern threats like ransomware bursting onto the scene in the last few years, it has become more important than ever to deploy a robust antivirus solution on all the devices you use to go online. Even if... Read more
How to make Apple’s Safari browser as secure as possible
Apple products have a much-deserved reputation for having robust protections against hackers, phishers, malware peddlers and other ne’er-do-wells of the online community. But when it comes to Apple’s web browser, Safari, it’s important to take the same steps to protect your private information as you would using any other... Read more
What you need to know about romance and confidence fraud
A heart-breaking statistic has recently been discussed by security software experts, yet it’s perhaps not a surprising one. Avast posted an article about romance and confidence fraud to its blog following contact with an FBI expert. Titled ‘Romance and confidence fraud: Cybercrime’s $363 million secret’, Jeff Elder’s article is... 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
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
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
How To Improve Your Cyber Security In 5 Simple Steps
Using a quality antivirus, strong passwords, and a VPN for internet connections, with regular software updates and data backups, improves your cyber security. In previous instalments of this series, we discussed the basics of computer viruses and other forms of malicious software, and considered the basic principles and practices... Read more
What Is Cyber Security?
Understand the essence of cyber security and the issues facing digital, internet and mobile users. What is cyber security, and what kinds of security threats and implications face personal and business users of the internet and digital realm? These questions often confuse and occasionally overwhelm, as we’re bombarded on an... Read more
Cryptojacking A Bigger Threat Than Ransomware
Cryptojacking to mine Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency is about to surpass ransomware as the most common cyberactivity for financial gain. For the last couple of years, ransomware attacks have been on the rise, for a variety of reasons. First, they’re fairly simple to pull off; even better, they’re easy to... Read more
Humans Are The Weakest Link In Tech
Curiosity and trust prove to be our downfall online.  In an era of record-setting numbers of data breaches, hacking events, and compromised consumer records, it’s easy to blame the technology for letting us down. But a new report sheds a little light on the real problem in cybersecurity: human... Read more
Mastermind Behind Cyber Gang’s $1 Billion Crime Spree Arrested In Spain
Cybercrime syndicate infiltrated over 100 financial institutions in 40 countries hacking banks and ATMs via malware. For the past five years, the gang of hackers known as Carbanak has been targeting banks around the world, stealing well over $1 billion in total. Europol, the pan European police agency have said they’ve... Read more
Girl Scouts To Become Cybersecurity Experts With New Badges
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Palo Alto Networks announce collaboration for first-ever national cybersecurity badges. Girl Scouts of the USA are set to become experts who will be capable of taking future cybersecurity challenges head-on, thanks to the first-ever set of National Cybersecurity badges for girls in grades... Read more
Cryptocurrency WannaMine Attacks On The Rise
Anyone can be infected by mine hackers, so it’s important to upgrade your AV protection to include a block against WannaMine and similar threats. Another day, another headline about the cryptocurrency craze… If anyone else is starting to feel like cryptocurrency is just a giant game of Farmville where... Read more