Ransomware is a form of malware that allows cybercriminals to hold your PC, or files on it, for ransom. This is typically much worse than your average spyware or spam, as the crooks behind the ransomware can ask for a great deal of money.
With all of the news about data breaches and other cybercriminal activity, you may have heard the term “ransomware” mentioned. But what is it exactly? In short, ransomware is harmful software (malware) that allows criminals to use extortion and hold your computer and the files on it for a big buck ransom fee.
The end-of-the-year holidays allow us all to take a festive break and reflect on the past year. But cybercriminals…? They never take a break. To them, the annual increase in online shopping is their prime hunting season—with your bank account and private information as their target.
As tech evolves, so does cybercrime. The bad guys are constantly honing their skills and attacks, hoping to reap even bigger financial rewards. As a result, your computer is no longer the only device to make criminals gleefully rub their hands together in anticipation.
As you’ve probably heard, 2013 was the year of the mega breach. Cybercriminals unleashed the most damaging series of cyberattacks in history with tens of millions of data records being stolen.* Now, more than ever, you’ve got to be careful online as we face new attacks that are more vicious than ever.
Have you read the news lately? It seems that scams are in season everywhere. Celebrities from Jackie Chan to Will Smith died (only that was news to them) and Instagram decided to delete accounts left and right (or not).
With online spying in the news, you may be wondering who’s watching where you go online and what sites you visit. This is a legitimate concern. After all, where you go and what you read on the Internet is your business, right?
Would you like some identity theft to go with your café latte? No? Good. Despite this, many people run the risk of being hacked almost every day by offering up private info at public hotspots. Some cybercriminals even set up ad hoc networks with the name “free public WiFi” to lure people in so they can capture private data.
We’re all social creatures.
And keeping up with relatives or friends is now even easier with social networks, which is part of their appeal. How else are you going to discover what your old classmates’ favorite TV shows are? This is important information here!
Shopping online is now easier than ever. It seems that practically all retailers have some form of an online store ready to show and sell their wares. From PCs to tablets to smartphones, we’re able to lean back and browse in comfort.
The newest version of Windows launched back in October, 2012, with a whole fanfare of new features—including its own antivirus protection baked into the operating system. This is in the form of Windows Defender.