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.


The incidence of identity theft has increased drastically over the last few years and it continues to be one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States. There is a thriving online international black market in stolen identities that local, state, federal, and international law enforcement seem powerless to stop.

In fact, it has gotten so easy to steal and sell identities that prices have come down dramatically over the past two years. Why does it seem like it is getting easier for the bad guys and harder for good people like us? Because our information is spread out around the Internet and its protection is out of your hands.


It’s hard to believe but social media has now certainly become an integral part of our dailiy lives, whether we like it or not. Nearly three-quarters of adults who go online use a social network of some kind.


The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) recently released a report exposing that the number of phishing sites in the first quarter of 2014 leaped 10.7 percent over the previous quarter. 2013 is considered seen as one of the heaviest years for phishing on record. Q1 2014 perpetuated that trend posting the second-highest number of phishing attacks ever recorded in a first quarter.