How to Avoid Being a Victim to This Malware

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Security researchers at Kaspersky have identified various apps and games in the Google Play store that have a secret function: they’re using your Android device’s processor to mine cryptocurrencies.

Worried that your phone’s recent slowdown might be because it’s getting old? Well, hold that upgrade: it could be down to Android cryptojacking. Here’s what’s going on, and what you can do to stop it.

Cryptomining Malware on Android

In April 2018, Kaspersky revealed that it had discovered a cryptomining campaign on Google Play, and advised Google of the details. In short, this meant that a bunch of apps and games had been cryptojacking […]

Opera Shuts Down Its VPN App for Android and iOS

Opera has announced that it’s shutting down its VPN app at the end of this month. The Opera VPN app, which provided Android and iOS users with a free VPN for their phones, is to be permanently discontinued as of April 30, 2018. Which sucks.

For the past couple of years, Opera has offered its own VPN service. The desktop browser has a free VPN built into it

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The Best Way to Lock Your Android Phone

With the amount of personal data we keep on our phones, security is essential. Android phones are encrypted by default, and provide multiple methods for locking and unlocking them. Some are more secure, while others more convenient to use.

So what’s the best way to unlock your Android phone? Let’s take a look.

Password

Pros: A strong password is very secure.
Cons: Not convenient to type many times each day.
When to use it: When you need the highest level of security.

For all its faults, the password is still the most secure way of locking your phone. A strong password—or better yet, a passphrase
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5 Ways Data Can Be Stolen From Your PC or Network

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Got your data security sorted? Reckon there’s no way anyone can steal data from your computer or network devices? Great! That must mean you’ve solved the worst security problem plaguing corporations around the world.

In truth, data security is complex and difficult. If you think you’re completely secure, it probably means there are vulnerabilities you just aren’t aware of. That’s why it’s important to know the following ways data can be stolen from your PC or network drives.

1. USB Stick

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They fit in your pocket or hang on your keyring. They’re compact, easily hidden, and even able to be […]

Google Is Making HTTPS the Chrome Default

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With well over half of all websites now encrypted, it’s time to think of HTTPS as the default option rather than the exception. That is, at least, according to Google, which is changing the way Chrome handles secure vs. non-secure web pages. And about time too.

Over the last year there has been a push to switch all websites to use HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure). Google has been especially keen for sites to make the switch, and with more sites complying, it’s time to change the way we view the web.

Switching From HTTP to HTTPS

At the moment, sites that […]

7 Ways Wi-Fi Cameras Can Make You a Better Parent

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Being a parent is tough. No matter if you’re raising a toddler or a teenager, there are times when you really need to have eyes behind your head.

Thankfully, a new generation of wireless cameras can help parents keep a closer eye on their children.

1. Monitoring If Teens Made Their Curfew

Keeping an eye on your kids doesn’t mean “big brother” style surveillance or that you don’t trust them. It’s simply automating a part of parenting. There’s very little sense in staying up until midnight waiting to make sure your teen makes curfew, when you can let technology do the staying up […]

5 Free Security Tools You Likely Haven’t Heard Of (But Should Install)

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You probably know that your online security is important. But are you using the right tools? Various online attacks target computers every minute of the day, and while standard antivirus tools are good, they’re not designed to cover every base.

The following free security tools will help you to improve your system and network security. You’ve probably never heard of them, but they’re vital to your ongoing online security.

Why Haven’t I Heard of These Tools?

You’re probably thinking, “I have an online security suite installed already, why do I need these tools?”

The answer is simple: online security suites can’t look after every […]

5 Private Things Websites Learn About You Without Your Knowledge

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Browsing the internet seems like such an innocent activity, doesn’t it? You search Google, visit a few websites, and read interesting information. Would you be surprised to know that websites are collecting lots of information about you as you read?

The following five things websites can learn about you when you visit may shock you. In every case, you should understand what your browser is sharing with the owners of those sites, and how you can prevent it.

1. Where You Live

One of the easiest pieces of information a website can learn about you, is where you live. This is because the […]