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Ransomware primer: The risks and what you can do

Ransomware is one of the fastest growing forms of malware.

Keep a clean machine

Update the security software, operating system, and web browser on all of your Internet-connected devices. Keeping your security software up to date will prevent attackers from taking advantage of known vulnerabilities. Use a tool like our PC Tune-up to keep your PC running like new.

Periodically clear your web cache, cookies and history

Collecting these three items enables web browsers to speed up your experience by loading already-saved resources instead of making new copies. However, their accumulation can create security risks and performance issues. An incident involving Yahoo’s use of cookies exposed many accounts to hijacking. Storage of cookies also requires disk space and CPU resources. Clear everything […]

Regularly review the apps connected to your social accounts

If you have ever signed into a site using your Facebook, Google or Twitter account, then you have already shared some of your data with a third party. It’s a good idea to occasionally look at which services are connected to your social networks. Incidents such as the Cambridge Analytica leak illustrate the risks of […]

Enable parental controls to limit the content your kids can see

If you are a parent, you might wish to restrict your family’s access to certain apps or sites. All major computing platforms have features allowing you to do so. For example, you can disable specific programs for individual users, monitor a child’s device and/or require your express approval for any purchases.

What you need to know to donate safely online

When making online donations make sure any charity you donate to is a legitimate non-profit organization and that you type in the web address instead of following a link. Know your charity. Online or offline never give to a charity that you know nothing about.