Mobile App Developers Unwittingly Aid Criminals

The explosive growth of smartphones and mobile apps has created an ideal advertising platform for marketers to serve up personalized content and ads tailored specifically to location and personal demographics.

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In turn, app developers eager to earn revenues from their hard work find it lucrative to collect as much data…
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Wi-Fi Protected Setup is a security risk

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is a standard way to connect to a secure connection without having to enter a complex key. However, it’s very vulnerable, and should be disabled…

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Wi-Fi security Using Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet is certainly handy. However, it's very important to make sure that…
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The easiest way to get your hands on sensitive data

Not a day goes by without a new article appearing about the mass collection of personal data by companies and other organizations. The number of reports about hacked servers, which often involve the theft of many people’s personal information, is also on the rise. On top of that, there are the reports about data losses as a result of lost or stolen devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. Antimalware vendors are also identifying an ever increasing number of items of malware that are getting ever better at infecting computers to steal data.

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Two thoughts come to mind when I read reports about data security and the protection of personal data: the responsibility of…
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The changing perception of cybercrime

Has technology affected your perception of crime? While the list of criminal acts that take place around the world is still as long as ever, cybercrime in particular seems to be getting more attention than ever before.

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In the minds of many, cybercrime was just something that was poorly depicted in movies from the past couple of…
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3 social media dangers to avoid

It’s no secret that the Internet brings a number of dangerous threats with it, but the rise of social media has added an even more complicated layer of problems to the situation. Whether they realize it or not, the truth is that many people let their guard down when communicating through social networks because they feel like they offer a personal experience. That can be true to a large extent, but it’s still a good idea to keep your guard up when using social media

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Included below are three different social media dangers that can become a problem from time to time. Fake Influence -…
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Internationalization and the Internet

The Internet is a child of the United States of America, so it does not come as a surprise that only Latin letters and some scientific characters were used when the systems and the software (then called ARPANET) were designed. In today’s world, where roughly half the global population, with its different letters and alphabets […]

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The Internet is a child of the United States of America, so it does not come as a surprise that…
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2015 Resolutions: The Nerd’s List

Check out what some of the coolest Avira nerds have planned for next year. It will give you a good hint of our guilty little pleasures.

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We like nerds. We love nerds. We are nerds. And, as any respectable nerd would do, we have already thought…
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On Neuroscience and Phishing Attacks

All kinds of fun facts bounce around the internet. You might have seen the one about contextual reading: It deson’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod aepapr, you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm. See how this neuro-scientific peculiarity helps phishing criminals earn lots of money and what simple things you can do to protect yourself.

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All kinds of fun facts bounce around the internet. You might have seen the one about contextual reading: It deson’t…
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How to Prevent Holiday Shopping Hacks

As the holiday times approach, many of us increase our online shopping. Unfortunately, along with the increase in online purchases comes an increase in phishing scams, credit card data breaches and even hacks to physical point-of-sale (POS) terminals.

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As the holiday times approach, many of us increase our online shopping. But if the 2014 year taught us anything,…
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3 Tips for Geeks to Save Their Holidays

Here are a few tips for geeks to save their holidays: simple explanations of 3 of the biggest infosec-related threats of the year 2014, to share with their friends & relatives.

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If you're a geek, like most people, you'll probably visit your family for Christmas. Like most people, you probably want to…
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