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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 some of these


The latest in cybercrime: Ransomware

Imagine this: a hacker steals all the files from your computer—all your photos, personal documents, emails, account documents and everything else you've saved over the years. If you want your files and photos and videos back, you must pay a ransom. This is called ransomware, a rising threat used


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


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