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Cybersecurity Advice to Share With Your Family Over Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is usually a good opportunity to catch up with family and friends. This year, consider taking a moment to help anyone who needs it brush up on their cybersecurity practices. The busy holiday shopping season, which really kicks into gear the day after Thanksgiving, is a big time of the year for cybercriminals looking […]

Know the dangers of torrenting

BitTorrent is a popular way to download content from the internet. It comes with many risks, though, including bandwidth throttling by your ISP and possible malware infection. Use alternatives or, at the very least, guard your activity with a VPN.

Be careful with “free” VPN services

A virtual private network is a great way to protect your online activity by encrypting your connection. However, in many instances you get what you pay for. Free VPNs might still log your actions and keep those records or sell them to third-parties; the Facebook-owned Onavo VPN, recently removed from the iOS App Store, showed […]

Get savvy about WiFi hotspots

Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, which means that anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your mobile device while you are connected. Limit what you do on public WiFi and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and financial services on these networks. Consider using a virtual private network […]

Watch out for man-in-the-middle attacks

A man-in-the-middle attack involves someone interfering with your attempted communications with another party, typically a website or application. It might entail monitoring your traffic via a non-secure public Wi-Fi connection or sending you to a compromised website. To stay safe, make sure your URL bar always displays HTTPS when conducting sensitive transactions, and use a […]

Don’t bank or shop on untrustworthy networks

When checking your online bank balance or making a purchase, it’s best to avoid networks you don’t normally use, especially public Wi-Fi hotspots that might expose your activity to unwanted third parties. Conduct important transactions on your password-protected home network or with the help of a virtual private network (VPN) service.