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Pay attention to permission requests from recently installed mobile apps

Cybercriminals can use mobile apps to infect your device with malware and gain access to your private data. When you download a new application, never give it access to other apps unless it’s absolutely necessary. If you download a new iPhone game, for example, don’t accept its request for access to your photos or location.

Delete old social media profiles

In order to stay protected from cybercriminals, try to leave the smallest digital footprint possible. The size of your digital footprint will depend on your overall internet activity, including how many online profiles you have. Personal pages on legacy sites like Myspace or Friendster typically contain personal data. So if you’re not using those sites […]

Understanding malware and how to protect yourself from it

Malware, or malicious software, is designed to infect systems and devices, harvest data therein (or otherwise compromise their normal functionality), and possibly use that information for financial gain. It’s an umbrella term for a variety of software variants, including spyware, ransomware and viruses. Hackers leverage a wide range of malware variants, and once you’ve been […]

Don’t plug foreign hard drives into your computer

Did you recently fill up your hard drive and now you need a new one? In this case, always buy a fresh hard drive from a trusted provider. Don’t make the mistake of taking the cheaper option by using an old one. If you find an extra hard drive in a desk drawer in your […]

Be cautious before you connect public Wi-Fi hotspots

Like on an airplane or in an airport, hotel, train/bus station or café — be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login processes with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. Cybercriminals can easily create a similarly named network hoping that users will overlook which network is the valid […]

E-skimming attacks on the rise as peak online shopping season begins

With the holidays right around the corner, online shopping is poised for a record-breaking season in 2019. Emarketer predicts that consumers will spend over $135 billion this upcoming holiday season. The e-commerce boom precipitated a new cybersecurity threat known as e-skimming, which involves the theft of consumer payment information from online stores. If you’re thinking […]