2014 was publicly regarded as "The Year of Breaches". With major data breaches involving major companies including Target, Home Depot, eBay and JP Morgan, this year is a good time to reflect and have a clear overview on what happened last year to motivate us to be more vigilant.


WHAT IS BACKUP?

According to Wikipedia, a backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying and archiving of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.

In simpler form, a backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails.

Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.


Fraud Prevention Month is an annual public awareness campaign held in March that works to prevent Canadians from becoming victims of fraud by helping them "Recognize it. Report it. Stop it."

Even though this effort is focused only to Canadians, we feel that it’s important to share the information with our friends from all over the world. It doesn’t matter where we are, we should always be cautious with any forms of fraud.

Scam artists use various tactics every year to try to steal your money and your personal information and they are certainly getting smarter every day.


We don’t want to unduly excite anyone, but we’re pretty sure we’ve found the secret to happiness, to optimism, and to the ability to look ahead and see only good things on the horizon. And that secret would be: never examine the details of anything.


If you’ve been around a teenager recently, chances are they’ve not been more than an arm’s length away from their cell phone.  They’re talking about their Twitter feed or something they saw online that a friend of a friend sent them.

Cyberbullying, or bullying/teasing online, is becoming a fad that is all too easy with the availability of Internet-ready devices at teens’ fingertips. Cyberbullying can take on many forms and can become toxic quickly.


Did you know that February 9th is National Clean Up Your Computer Day? The Institute for Business Technology originally sponsored it several years ago, assigning it to the second Monday in February. It is the time you’re encouraged to give your machine a good scrubbing inside and out.

 


Since Jan 15, it is now illegal in Canada for websites to install any updates or installations without permission from the user. This also applies to app updates on your smartphones and tablets.

This means no more automatic downloads; “Implied” consent is not enough, the permission must be clearly stated before any download can take place. However, there are some exemptions—these include HTML, Javascript, operating system cookies and bug fixes.


With 2014 in the rear view mirror, it is fun to look forward to the year ahead and see if we can predict what may happen over the next twelve months. Our Director at Malware Labs, Andrew Browne has prepared an overview of what we can expect in terms of malware trends in the coming year.


As the holiday shopping bustle approaches, don't just think about buying the perfect gift and getting a great deal. For a happy and healthy season, remember that being cyber secure when you make your holiday purchases online is just as important!

This year PRIVATE WiFi has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance to help consumers be safe online when using their mobile devices are they shop.


Retailers are ready for you. The National Retail Federation said holiday sales in November and December are expected to reach $616.9 billion, an increase of 4.1 percent over 2013.

Scammers are ready to try to make it their happy holidays too. They'll try to tempt you with confusing deals, bait and switch, hacking and outright fraud.


We have to admit that cyber criminals and scammers are very artistic and inventive individuals. They seem to always find a way or two in trying to trick computer users into falling to their traps.

For most of us, these three terms seem to denote the same thing. However, they are very different from each other. Let’s take a look at their definitions.


With the recent data breaches involving a few business giants including Target, Home Depot and Staples, data protection has never been more significant than ever.

Cyber security is certainly a responsibility that should be shared by everyone. People and employees are the most valuable asset of any organization, yet human errors cause the lion’s share of information security breaches.