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Security & Privacy

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


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 […]

The current state of ransomware

Ransomware is not new – it dates back to the 1980s – but it has undergone a renaissance throughout the 2010s, to the extent that it looks almost nothing like it did in its early days. Perpetrators have enhanced various strains with strong encryption (CryptoLocker), designed them to exploit protocols such as Microsoft Windows SMB […]

4 tips to keep your information private online

Privacy is harder than ever to maintain. But you still have some good options for protecting your data.

Is your Android AV software putting you at risk?

Android is the world’s most popular consumer operating system, powering billions of phones, tablets and other internet-connected devices. Since its earliest days, though, the OS has had a reputation for being less secure than its primary competitor, Apple iOS. The main reasons behind this perception have included the extensive permissions in the Android API that […]

How to be safer with voice-powered assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Talking about artificial intelligence (AI) can easily bring to mind images of human-like robots carrying out advanced tasks, a la the androids in TV shows like “Star Trek: The Next Generation” or “The Orville.” In reality, AI is much more mundane, but still very powerful. What AI looks like in real life Have you ever […]