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Information about potential threats to your personal and financial security covering desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.


How to safely manage your voice-controlled gadgets

Devices with voice recognition became much more common throughout the 2010s. The addition of Siri to the iPhone 4S in 2011 spurred major competition among tech vendors looking to put voice-powered assistants at the center of how end users interact with their phones, tablets, speakers and smart TVs. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, among others, […]

Preparing for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019

Each October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the U.S., an occasion to become more knowledgeable about security best practices. For NCSAM 2019, the themes are personal accountability and proactivity. Even a strong password is not necessarily enough to protect your accounts from unauthorized access. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS), […]

Defending against ransomware — Practical steps to take right now

Imagine being locked out of your home. Now think about someone being inside and telling you that could regain access to it, without any of your belongings being harmed, if you simply paid a fine. It’s not a situation you would ever want to be in, but it’s one that many small and midsize businesses […]

3 Tips for Better Android Security

Android is the most popular consumer computing platform in the world, used across billions of phones, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices. However, its popularity and distinctive structure – under which carriers and manufacturers may heavily modify it – make it a magnet for cyberattacks. As an Android user, what can you do to […]

How to easily manage your passwords

Passwords are a pain. Not only do they need to be sufficiently complex to thwart a potential attacker’s brute-force guessing, they must also be memorable enough that you don’t end up having to request a reset each time you forget your login. The most common DIY solution to this problem is to simply recycle the […]

Tips for traveling more safely

“Going on a big #trip for two weeks! Hello #Cancun” might seem like something cool to post to your social media feeds, but in reality it opens you up to some real risks. Broadcasting the fact that you won’t be home for a specific amount of time could increase the chances of someone vandalizing your […]