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What Are Cookies Doing to Your Computer?

You know those not-so-yummy types of cookies that show up on your computer? The ones that aren't baked into perfect, melt-in-your-mouth sugary bites of happiness? We're talking about the cookies used to transfer information between the website you're visiting and your browser. They help the

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The Hidden Danger of Planes, Hotels and Coffee Shops

It's not that difficult to hack into information being sent and received over public WiFi on a plane, in a coffee shop or even at a hotel. You just need a laptop, special software and a base knowledge about what tools can record and decipher the information. That's why Kent Lawson decided to come

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Top 4 Tips for Making Your Password Safe on World Password Day

World Password Day was created to promote better password habits across the world. Here are some of the best password habits to follow:

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WiFi Safety Tips for Travelers

With summer approaching, many of us are gearing up for fun, sunny vacations where we plan to escape from reality a bit and enjoy some well deserved time off. Without dampening the carefree spirit of vacation, we wanted to share some tips on how to keep your personal information safer when using

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What Really Happens When You Hit 'Delete'?

Don't you sometimes wish that life had a DELETE button? You say something stupid to your spouse, just hit delete. You burp in front of the CEO, just hit delete.

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The 'Most Hackable' Gifts of the Holiday Season

It's that time of year again: the time for a gauntlet of ads, shopping trips, and crowds as we begin the holiday season. Like most years, gift-givers will be looking for the latest and greatest in toys and tech gadgets for those on their list. Many of these connect to the Internet or other devices,

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The 2015 Most Dangerous Celebrities

Who doesn't love to search for celebrities online? From red carpet photos, to clips of the latest fashion faux pas, Hollywood gossip on the Web has a lot of us hooked. But sometimes, our interest in the stars can lead us into the digital danger zone. Cybercriminals take advantage of our interest in

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Phishing Scams: Don't Click that Link!

You're sitting on your front porch. You see a stranger walking towards your property. You have no idea whom he is. But he's nicely dressed. He asks to come inside your house and look through your bank account records, view your checkbook routing number and account number, and jot down the 16-digit

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