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Protect your data from ransomware with Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released in October 2017, Microsoft introduced a new feature called Controlled Folder Access,  designed to protect your data from unauthorised changes. In this article, we’re looking at how to protect your data from attacks such as the WannaCry ransomware that affected the NHS earlier this year. Controlled Folder […]

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You can have strong passwords and remember them across various devices!

Regardless of where you read just now, there seems to be article after article being published about the latest web site or service that has had its users’ passwords hacked or stolen.  We are being constantly reminded to change our passwords with something that’s strong, not easy to guess, must be a minimum of 8 […]

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Ransomware targets Mac OS X users with “Your browser has been locked” scam

Researchers at Malwarebytes have discovered a scam targeting Mac OS X demanding that users pay a fine to remove the message, “your browser has been locked“.  The scam does not allow the user to close the web browser and re-appears even after the computer has been shut down. This type of scam is not uncommon […]

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Malware delivered in fake Amazon.co.uk e-mails

Unsuspecting users are being warned to look out for fake Amazon.co.uk e-mails that appear to be sent by Amazon about a recent order but actually contain malware that could infect your computer. The e-mails have the subject title, Your Order with Amazon.co.uk and appear genuine.  It is disguised to trick unsuspecting users into opening the attached file, Your […]

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Microsoft Security Essentials fails antivirus tests; BitDefender takes the top-spot

Microsoft Security Essentials has failed an independent antivirus test and certification for the second time, whilst BitDefender Internet Security has taken the top-spot for the second time. AV-TEST, The Independent IT Security Institute, conducted the tests in December 2012 for Microsoft Windows 7 and looked at the level of protection, repair and usability of 25 different […]

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Happy holidays? It won’t be, if you book a room at a bogus hotel!

We’ve all seen the types of scams in the past where you’ll receive suspicious e-mails asking you to confirm a hotel booking that you never made. It seems now, cyber-criminals have taken things a step further and have actually set up web sites waiting for unsuspecting guests to make a booking at a bogus hotel! […]

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Lloyds TSB E-mail Hoax: Online Membership Verification

There’s another phishing scam, found by Hoax-Slayer, involving Lloyds TSB in the latest attempt to trick users in to handing over their identity and banking details. This latest scam includes a genuine-looking e-mail that directs users to a web site that mimics the official Internet banking web site for Lloyds TSB and then continues to […]

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Facebook: “Your friend added a new photo with you to the album” e-mail contains a trojan

It’s not like this type of phishing scam hasn’t been seen before, where you receive an e-mail that looks like it’s been sent by Facebook telling you that a friend has added a photo with you in it. This time though, the e-mail comes with an attachment containing a malicious trojan that can infect your […]

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Fake WhatsApp Facebook apps trick users into installing potentially malicious software

The popular cross-platform mobile instant messenger, WhatsApp, has found popularity with scammers using its branding to trick users into giving access to contact details as well as installing potentially malicious software. No official Facebook app for WhatsApp It’s easy to identify which Facebook apps are fake as WhatsApp themselves do not have an official app […]

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Apple ignores Safari vulnerabilities for Windows and Snow Leopard users

It’s been a bad year for Apple on the security front with various exploits and vulnerabilities. So bad in fact, that Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of the security firm, Kaspersky Labs, commented, “Apple are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security“. It seems Apple still don’t care as they release Safari 6 along with the […]

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Malware distributed by e-mail for fake Groupon discounts code

An e-mail purporting to have been sent by one of your friends offering discounts for Groupon deals contains an attachment containing malware that could infect your PC, if opened. The poorly spelled e-mail has a subject line like, “Groupon dicount gifts” and claims that one of your friends found a deal on the Groupon web […]

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More than 450,000 e-mail addresses and passwords stolen from Yahoo Voices

Yahoo has become the latest victim of high-profile data breaches where more than 450,000 e-mail addresses and passwords have been stolen. More worryingly, the information was not stored in an encrypted format and has been published online. Whilst Yahoo is investigating the breach, it is likely to affect users of Yahoo Voices. Along with the information […]

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What’s the big deal with Facebook email addresses?

You might have heard about the news recently of Facebook changing the default e-mail address of its users to an @facebook.com e-mail address. If you haven’t heard, you might Like to check your Facebook contact details. There’s a good chance your primary e-mail address is your name followed by @facebook.com! I’m not usually one for […]

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Users targeted in phishing scams after LinkedIn passwords breach

After the security breach where millions of LinkedIn passwords were stolen, LinkedIn users now face being targeted in phishing scams to confirm their e-mail address. Potentially, further phishing scams may appear providing links to reset your password. E-mails have been sent, which appear to be from the social networking site, containing a link prompting users […]

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1.5 million eHarmony passwords stolen and Last.fm users warned of potential password leak

Following the high-profile theft of user passwords from LinkedIn, the online dating web site eHarmony has posted that it is resetting passwords for its users, whilst Last.fm warns its customers to change their passwords whilst it investigates another potential password leak. Password breaches The 1.5 million users of eHarmony that are affected by the password […]

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LinkedIn confirms reports of millions of user passwords stolen – more than 60% cracked!

Following yesterday’s article amid rumours that 6.5 million passwords of LinkedIn users were stolen, these rumours have now officially been confirmed by LinkedIn. In addition, Sophos Labs have identified that 3.5 million of these stolen passwords have already been cracked. That means that more than 60% of the stolen passwords have been published publicly online. […]

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Millions of LinkedIn passwords potentially leaked online

A database containing millions of LinkedIn passwords has been published on a Russian forum. The passwords are encrypted, although they do supposedly belong to LinkedIn users. The individuals that published the database seemingly were requesting help to decrypt the 6.5 million passwords that have been stolen. It is rumoured that 300,000 passwords have already been cracked. It appears […]

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Malware spreads through instant messaging and social media like Facebook

Instant messaging (IM) services and social media sites are used for connecting and sharing with others. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are using this to their advantage and malware spreads through instant messaging and social media too. Trend Micro have identified a worm, known as Worm_Steckct.evl, that is spread by sending private messages on Facebook, as well as other […]

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Users warned Hotmail account has been blocked by e-mail phishing scam

Users of Windows Live services should be on the lookout for a fake e-mail with the subject, “E-mail account alert!”. It contains the Windows Live Hotmail logo and warns that your Hotmail account has been blocked for sending a high volume of junk e-mail. The e-mail message attempts to trick unwary users that someone else […]

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Throwing out your old PC? Remove personal information from your computer first

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has posted results of a study that have revealed 11% of second-hand hard drives contain personal information, including bank details and statements, tax information and photographs. That’s the equivalent of one hard drive in every ten being thrown out where the original owner did not remove personal information first. NCC […]

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