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Protect Your Privacy – Are Browser Extensions Safe?

Are Browser Extensions Safe

Browser extensions are meant to make internet browsing easier and personalized, but are browser extensions safe? It depends. There are some potentially dangerous implications to consider when installing browser extensions. Extensions Can Be Hijacked – Extensions are vulnerable to hacking. Unseasoned Web Developers may also be unintentionally putting your computer at risk with sloppy code that’s easily hacked, even if the extension’s purpose was not originally malicious. It’s best practice to stay away from browser extensions from non-reputable Web Developers because they are the most vulnerable to being hacked. Extensions Can Be Sold – Let’s say a developer creates an…

I’m Careful Online – Do I Need an Antivirus?

Do I need an antivirus

There are certain habits when using the internet and opening email which can make you significantly more vulnerable to viruses and malware. If you avoid these kinds of risky behaviors, you may be wondering, “Do I need an antivirus?” The answer is yes, you do need an antivirus. Just because you don’t click on strange links, visit sketchy websites, or activate lots of plugins, doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk. Even fully patched, reputable internet browsers can be vulnerable to malware. Security flaws are found all the time and patched once they are found, but this means that there’s always…

What is Two Factor Authentication?

Two Factor Authentication

It’s no longer enough to just have secure passwords or a password vault to protect your online accounts. Now days, two factor authentication is implemented on just about every major platform, but you might be wondering, “What is two factor authentication?” What is Two Factor Authentication (2FA)? Two factor authentication requires an account holder to verify their identity by entering two pieces of information instead of one to login to their account. For example, to login to your email, you may be required to enter your password and then also enter a code that was sent via SMS to your…

What is the Safest Internet Browser?

Safest Internet Browser

When it comes to browsing the internet, safety is a concern for protecting your computer. You may have wondered, what is the safest internet browser? Let’s take a closer look. NSS Labs Study – Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox An independent study by NSS Labs has been used to tout that Microsoft Edge is the leader for internet browsing safety when it comes to socially engineered malware (SEM). While all three browsers use a method to check web pages and applications against a list of known threats and warn users of potential threats, this study suggests that Microsoft Edge…

Beware the Newest Identical Domain Phishing Scam – Firefox and Chrome

Identical Domain Phishing Scam

Phishing is one of the top methods to trick unsuspecting people into giving up personal information on the internet. Phishing is typically carried out through email. A scammer sends out emails posing to be a legitimate company in an attempt to get you to click on their link and attempt to login to your account. While there are some obvious signs of a phishing attempt, some are not so obvious: beware the newest identical domain phishing scam. Identical Domain Phishing Scam – Firefox and Chrome This newest scam is almost impossible to catch unless you know what you’re looking for….

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Hacking and rumors of hacking have been scattered all over the news and social media since the election came to a conclusion. No matter who you voted for, hacking is a legitimate concern for every individual or business plugged into the internet or other network. To top it off, there’s been a new wave of fake Amazon delivery emails going out which can increase your risks of being hacked (or scammed!) Here are some basic tips to prevent hacking: Four Tips to Prevent Hacking Use advanced passwords and 2-step authentication-– This is a no-brainer but one that is commonly overlooked….

I Forgot My Wi-Fi Password – Wi-Fi Password Retrieval

Wi-fi password retrieval

If you’ve forgotten or don’t know your Wi-Fi password but are needing to add a device to the wireless network, don’t panic just yet. There are two easy ways for Wi-Fi password retrieval that might help and don’t require you to make any phone calls. Wi-Fi Password Retrieval Like most people, you may not have ever changed the super long default password that came with your router. If the password has never been changed, Wi-Fi password retrieval is easy because it’s typically found on the side of the router. If it isn’t there, it’s likely in the documentation that came…

Keep Your Data Safe – 9 Password Security Tips

Password Security Tips

A recent BuzzFeed News article was recently released advising everyone who had a Dropbox account in mid-2012 to change their passwords immediately due to a hacker security breach. Hackers often publish information publically or sell the information on the black market, so it’s important to take steps to protect your accounts. Here are 10 password security tips to help keep your data safe. 9 Password Security Tips to Keep Your Data Safe Choose strong passwords. For help on how to create strong and memorable passwords, check out this blog post. Change your passwords often. Set up reminders and don’t repeat…

Wireless Internet Connection Troubleshooting Tips

Wireless Internet Connection Troubleshooting

There are few exceptions to more frustrating events than to suddenly lose your wireless internet connection. Once you understand the basic wireless setup, wireless internet connection troubleshooting should only take you a few minutes before you’re up and running again (in most cases). Wireless Internet Connection Troubleshooting Tips For wireless internet connection troubleshooting, there are four areas you’re going to be checking. Here they are: Computer Device – Check your device to make sure you have wireless internet enabled. Some keyboards have a key that, when accidentally tapped, will disable your wireless connection. For older Windows platforms, settings can usually…

The Tor Project – The “Anonymous Internet”

The Tor Project – The “Anonymous Internet”

The Tor (“The Onion Router”) Project has again made headlines following the Christmas Day hacks on the Xbox Live and PlayStation networks. Credit for these attacks were claimed by the hacker group Lizard Squad, who has since laid claims to infiltrating The Tor Project. What is The Tor Project? If you’ve never heard of The Tor Project, you’re not alone. The Tor Project was originally a large network of servers worldwide, which was developed by the US Navy to protect US government communications. It has since evolved into a non-profit organization with the purpose of exploring and developing internet privacy…