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These Cute Teddy Bears Have Been Recording Your Kids

When we think of cyberhacks, we often think of criminals trying to break into a network of important information protected behind a screen. You might think of enterprises and large organizations as victims of cyberattacks, but actors are moving their target to the home. Living with thr...

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Think you've been hacked? Here's what to do.

Do you have the feeling you've been hacked? Are your passwords not working, files disappearing or have you noticed new programs on your computer that you didn't put there? Whether you have solid proof or just a sneaking suspicion, the idea of someone stealing your private information i...

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The Many Faces of Malware

Malware refers to a number of different types of malicious software created by cyber-criminals to gain access to your devices and steal personal information or cause damage. Keep reading to find out more about how malware attacks and what kinds of damage it could do to your computer. Plus, we've thr...

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Wireless Safety Tips for Travelers

Packing smartphones, tablets and laptops seems like a no-brainer when it comes to traveling, whether you're flying, driving or riding to your destination. Being connected on-the-go is convenient and entertaining (and keeps kids occupied for extended periods of time), but it can also be...

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The Most Hackable Holiday Gifts and Tips to Help Secure Them

From tablets to electronic toys, drones, media players and fitness trackers, gadgets make popular gifts during the holidays. They also make potentially easy prey to cybercriminals, if used without the proper security precautions. In all the excitement of unwrapping and powering on your...

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How to Protect Yourself from Online Phishing Attacks

What is Phishing? Phishing is the attempt by cybercriminals to steal your personal information—including usernames, passwords and credit card details—by posing as a legitimate company. Phishers may send emails asking you to click on a link to verify an account, update...

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The Most Dangerous Celebrities of 2016

Everybody loves some celebrity gossip once in a while. Whether you sift through tabloids in the checkout aisle, or bookmark fan sites on your browser, we're all suckers for a good Hollywood story. But did you know that your love for red carpet stars can be dangerous? This ye...

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Diet Ads: To Click or Not To Click?

We've all seen them before. Online ads claiming to have the cure for weight loss, complete with before and after photos showing the potential impact their product or program could have on your body. Plenty of weight loss websites that consumers will visit are safe and secure, but so...

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