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AOL Digital Matters - Computer Security

A Travel-Smart Checklist for Being A Cybersecure Traveler

Reservations confirmed. Check Gas in the car. Check Out-of-Office notifications turned on. Check Pet sitter lined up. Check Mail delivery on hold. Check Bags packed. Check Home security system turned on. Check Just waitttttt a minute…. I know you’re excited to get out the door, but you need to add some items to your checklist …

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Protecting Yourself Online After Natural Disasters

2017 will surely leave its mark in the record books when it comes to hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and other natural disasters. Fortunately for us, these incidents inspire a lot of people to go online seeking news and information and ways to help those in need. Unfortunately, the high-volume of online traffic, particularly internet search traffic, …

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What Really Happens When You Watch Stolen TV Episodes

To watch or not watch, that’s the big question. You’re a huge fan of the season’s most popular show and you hear the news that spoilers of upcoming episodes have been stolen and posted online. Episodes of other popular shows you like to watch have also been leaked and are taunting you, just waiting for …

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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 is creepy enough to warrant taking some safety …

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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 thrown in some helpful tips …

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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 risky. Whether you’re using wifi on a plane or at a …

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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 personal or financial information related to an existing account or to confirm an anticipated …

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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 website and any advertisers on the website track when you …

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