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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 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 ransom...

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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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76% Say Free WiFi Can Lead to Identity Theft

They're so popular, those ubiquitous mobile devices. For better or...

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Russian Hackers Collect 1.2 Billion Passwords!

‚ÄčThere has been another breach! According to the New York Times, 1.2 billion usernames and passwords have been stolen by a Russian gang. Security researchers have suggested that it is now the LARGEST known collection of stolen Internet credentials. Not only were usernames and passwords stolen, but a...

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What is a Computer Hacker?

A computer hacker is someone who develops, changes or attempts to circumvent computer security hardware or software. This can either happen for negative (criminal) or positive reasons. Criminal hackers develop computer malware o...

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Top 10 Passwords You Should Never Use

If you've chosen an easy-to-remember password, such as your username or even the word "password," you may want to think seriously about changing it. ASAP. Easily guessed passwords can compromise your personal identity, privacy and financial accounts.

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