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The Importance of Protecting Your Identity

You’re taking all the right steps to keep your passwords from falling into the wrong hands. Great! But are you putting the same effort into protecting your identity? Your risk of identity theft can vary, depending on variables that may not even occur to you like which state you reside in to where you park […]

Privacy, Security and Cybercrime Awareness

Data breaches. Hackers. Passwords. ID Theft. Privacy. Cyber security terms appear in the headlines so often that many of us have grown immune to them. Instead of raising our awareness – and therefore our ability to react appropriately – the abundance of news may have a desensitizing effect. Instead of helping us identify problem areas […]

Security Now!

In today’s world of instant gratification, it would really be strange if we didn’t have the same expectations for security and online safety that we have for watching movies on Netflix or getting the latest scores: we want it immediately and with as little effort as possible. But is that realistic? Too many folks think […]

The Basics of Online Safety

When you think about it, many of the day-to-day things we do to protect ourselves in the physical world involve following basic rules. When crossing the street, for example, it’s enough to know to look both ways and to cross at the green, not in between before stepping into the crosswalk. We don’t have to […]

Your Child’s Security is a Team Sport

We talk to a lot of parents who ask what they should do about the security and privacy issues that go hand-in-hand with their kids’ online lives. It’s really tough for parents these days. It’s not just the keeping up with the Joneses aspect of children pressuring us to following the latest and greatest trend […]

The Security Risks of Using ‘Forgot My Password’ to Manage Passwords

Being involved in security means that lots of people are only too happy to share their – let’s say – idiosyncratic ideas on how to protect one thing or another. (“Here’s what I do…”) When it comes to passwords, just about everyone has his or her own idea about the best way of staying safe […]

Security and Passwords Aren’t a Technical IQ Test (Audio)

When it comes to your passwords and online security, common sense and awareness often trump technology. Does that surprise or shock you? As you’ll soon hear, it isn’t nearly as controversial as it may seem. I enjoyed listening to a short chat with Urban Schrott, ESET Ireland’s IT Security & Cybercrime Analyst, on Irish radio […]

Passwords, Online Security and Multitasking

Multi-tasking. Most of us think that we’re really good at it. A high level of confidence in our own ability to do several things at once seems to overcome us when we start walking and chewing gum at the same time. (“Pay attention to what you’re doing, Johnny!”) From then on, the sky is the […]

The Digital Disconnect

What’s that, you’ve never heard of the digital disconnect? The digital disconnect is the gulf in communication between those raised in an online, constantly-connected environment and those who came before them. It’s kids versus parents. It’s digital natives versus outsiders. It’s young versus old. It’s virtual reality versus playing outside. It’s social media versus ‘in […]

Have Password, Will Sell!?

We just went to see the new Jason Bourne movie. Without giving anything away, the movie is light on accuracy as far as computers and cyber security go. For example, whoever approved the throwaway line that they were going to “use SQL to corrupt their databases” should get a new fact checker. But I guess […]