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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 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….

Gone Phishing – How to Identify a Phishing Scam

Identify a phishing scam

Phishing is a type of cyber-attack/scam where an attempt to obtain personal information is made by posing as a legitimate company, typically via email, to gain your trust. Companies such as AOL, Sony, and Target have all fallen victim to phishing scams. Cyber scams are constantly evolving, so how do you identify a phishing scam? How to Identify a Phishing Scam – 5 Ways While some phishing scams can be quite obvious and rather hilarious, don’t be caught off guard. Here are some tips you and your employees can use to help identify a phishing scam: The email address or…