2014 was certainly not a great year for cyber security. We saw high-end data breaches of large companies such as Ebay, Target, Sony, Home Depot and JP Morgan to name a few. Millions of data, personal records and financial information were stolen and sold on the black market in a matter of days. 

Criminals are certainly stepping up their game and data breaches are becoming both common and devastating. To see the enormity of data breaches in the past years, Information is Beautiful has compiled a great interactive visual that includes all of the major hacks dating back from 2004 until today.

Online shopping provides a sense of convenience for everyone. The fact that we are able to buy goods online without having to physically go out to a store is definitely one of the main appeal for many consumers.

How to Remove Zwinky

by News Editor on April 30th, 2015 in Security Tips.

Zwinky is a browser extension developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. Apart from the fact that the toolbar in question provides you with a shortcut to Zwinky virtual world, there is not much it can offer. Aside from Zwinky shortcut, it only has Facebook and Weather feeds, as well as a customized search box that provides you with search results via Ask Search.

Mapsgalaxy is a browser hijacker and toolbar developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. This program is capable of modifying your browser homepages to its own. It may be unknowingly installed through product bundling with a third party application. Unfortunately, once installed it will also add the MapsGalaxy toolbar, change your browser homepage and set your default search engine to Ask.com.

The software we use on our computers is in regular need of attention. Like a racing car needing to find the optimum performance or a pair of socks in the ‘make do and mend’ post-war days, your software must be patched up on a regular basis to keep it fit for use. 

We use our internet browser every day to check emails, log in to our social media accounts, manage our online banking and even do some e-shopping. Your browser tends to hold onto various information and files to ensure maximum optimization and faster load time. Unfortunately, this could cause problems over time. 

It's always a good idea to clear out the cache, browser history and clear cookies on a regular basis. This allows you to avoid browser errors as well as allowing you to preserve your online security.

Think about everything you’ve downloaded to your PC over the past six months. Can you remember each program or file you downloaded, and where that download came from? Most likely not, and even if you can, you may have gotten more than you bargained for – in fact, you may be infected with spyware that can be used for keylogging.

In 2014, close to one billion online records were compromised in 1,922 confirmed incidents, including high profile data breaches such as Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase, Michaels and Neiman Marcus. The compromised records consist of usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and more.

Ad-Aware has been chosen by TechRadar as one of the top five best free anti-spyware in 2015!

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.

By Andrew Browne, Malware Labs Director at Lavasoft

As technology and Internet-ready devices continue to become central to our everyday lives, hackers are finding more channels and new ways to gain access to the personal information of unsuspecting targets. From individuals to huge corporations, no one is safe from cybercrime.