The holiday shopping season is right around the corner and 'tis the season to be safe. These 5 tips will help you to safely shop online and to stay away from hackers, identity thieves and scammers.



Phishing is a deviously clever strategy used by cybercriminals to steal your personal information (e.g., username, password or banking account information) by fooling you in handing it over to them.

By masquerading themselves as legitimate institutions and businesses you know and trust, cyber thieves bait users to hand over their passwords, Facebook accounts, banking information and even SIN numbers.


Beware of Christmas scams

by Jerome on November 23rd, 2011 in Security Tips.

Scammers absolutely love the holiday season. There are likely to be more online scam victims during those busy shopping and travelling December days than at any other time during the year. As such, we compiled a list of Christmas scams you should beware of.


Why install security updates?

by Andy on November 22nd, 2011 in Security Tips.

It's common to hear security vendors advise people to "keep their computer up to date with the latest patches" but what does that actually mean and why is it important?

Malware can infiltrate PCs via a number of attack surfaces, one of which being bugs in Windows and the programs on your PC.


Microsoft have published a Security Bulletin Summary for November 2011. A number of updates have been released including one "critical" and two "important" severity updates.

The patches address remote code execution, elevation of privilege and denial of service vulnerabilities. Importantly, an update has been released to patch the critical vulnerability in the TCP/IP stack (MS11-083). Microsoft report that "the vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends a continuous flow of specially crafted UDP packets to a closed port on a target system."