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Remember code red – the worm that gave the internet a fever

Ever heard of the Code Red worm? Imagine a digital monster hopping from computer to computer, causing chaos and mayhem back in 2001. But this wasn’t a Hollywood movie – it was a real threat that shook the internet to its core. Let’s take a trip back in time to see how this digital villain […]

Stay safe in your inbox: manage html image downloads

In today’s digital world, email remains a primary communication tool, but it also carries potential security risks. One common practice is for email services to automatically download images embedded in the body of emails. While this can enhance the visual appeal of emails, it also introduces potential security vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals can exploit these embedded images […]

Beware of malicious code sent through external media

Malicious code, also called SQL injection, is a type of attack that places unwanted files on your computer. They may automatically install themselves into your device without your explicit permission. One good way to avoid these attacks is by disabling AutoRun or AutoPlay for external media sources. This prevents external media infected with malicious code […]

Be on the lookout for shortened URLs

Hackers will often use shortened URLs in messages or posts to disguise malicious links. It can even have a misleading path accompanying it to make you believe it’s safe. There are several tools online where you can copy and paste the link, after which the tool will tell you where the link actually leads. If […]

Guard data entry points

With the advent of machine learning (ML), data-gathering and analysis is faster, easier and more scalable than ever. However, it also creates a new vulnerability. Malicious users can send bad data in through your collection system, in what is known as ML poisoning. Make sure your incoming data is isolated until it can be cleaned […]

Protect your computer – install or update your antivirus software

Antivirus software is designed to prevent malicious software programs from embedding on your computer. If it detects malicious code, like a virus or a worm, it works to disarm or remove it. Viruses can infect computers without users’ knowledge. Most types of antivirus software, including Total Defense, can be set up to update automatically.