How to Remove False Personal Information on the Internet

Almost everyone has some harmless piece of personal information floating around on the internet. Now, it’s almost unavoidable. But it’s a completely different story when someone writes something libelous about you or exposes a sensitive piece of information. If you find false or private data on the web, you need to learn how to remove information from the internet. Follow along to find out what you need to do to act. What Is Libel? In the United States and in many countries around the world, truthful statements about another person are safe to publish. However, publishing outright lies with the...Read the...

Concerning 5G Security Risks You Need to Know About

5G phones and other devices have already begun to appear in stores. And soon the super-fast 5G will become the new standard for cellular technologies. With a 5G connection you’ll be able to stream high-quality video and play online games on your mobile device more easily. However, as with any new technology, 5G comes with certain security concerns. Here we’ll explain some of the security risks of 5G so you can be more informed when you purchase or use 5G devices. 1. Optional Security Features in 5G Concerns about 5G have been around for some time. US Senator Ron Wyden...Read the...

Yes, VPNs Can Be Hacked: What That Means for Your Privacy

We thought VPNs were secure, but with an increasing number of secure services reporting server breaches, that seems not to be the case. But how do these secure services get hacked in the first place, and how do hackers capitalize on it? Here’s how VPNs get hacked and what it means for your privacy. The VPN’s (Seemingly) Unbreakable Security Image Credit: vaeenma/DepositPhotos If we take a brief look at how a VPN works, it looks unhackable. This is the primary draw of a VPN, as people feel they can trust the service to maintain their privacy. For one, your computer...Read the...

5 Ways Your WhatsApp Messages Can Be Hacked

WhatsApp is a popular and easy to use messaging program. It has some security features, like the use of end-to-end encryption to keep messages private. However, hacks targeting WhatsApp could compromise the privacy of your messages and contacts. Here are five ways that WhatsApp can be hacked. 1. Remote Code Execution via GIF SONY DSC In October 2019, security researcher Awakened revealed a vulnerability in WhatsApp that let hackers take control of the app using a GIF image. The hack works by taking advantage of the way that WhatsApp processes images when the user opens the Gallery view to send...Read the...

You Can Now Use Google Maps in Incognito Mode

Google is rolling out Incognito mode for Google Maps. Incognito mode for Google Maps is now available on Android, with iOS also getting the feature in the future. Which means you no longer have to worry about Google knowing your whereabouts. What Does Incognito Mode Do? Incognito mode has been a staple of Google Chrome for many years. Once enabled, it means you can browse the web privately, without other people who use the same device from being able to see your online activity. This doesn’t offer VPN-levels of online privacy, so your ISP, the websites you visit, and your...Read the...

How to Quickly Create Temporary Email Addresses With YOPmail

When you want to safeguard your privacy online a good place to start is by using a disposable email address. It allows you to sign up to services or send messages anonymously, or just cut down on the amount of spam your real email address receives. One of the best options for creating temporary email addresses is YOPmail. Let’s take a look at how to use it. What Is YOPmail? YOPmail is a disposable email service. It lets you use any “yopmail.com” email address you want and gives you access to the inbox for that address—even if someone else is...Read the...

How Artificial Intelligence Will Shape the Future of Malware

As we move into the future, the prospect of AI-driven systems becomes more appealing. Artificial Intelligence will help us make decisions, power our smart cities, and—unfortunately—infect our computers with nasty strains of malware. Let’s explore what the future of AI means for malware. What Is AI in Malware? When we use the term “AI-driven malware,” it’s easy to imagine a Terminator-style case of an AI “gone rogue” and causing havoc. In reality, a malicious AI-controlled program wouldn’t be sending robots back through time; it would be sneakier than that. AI-driven malware is conventional malware altered via Artificial Intelligence to make...Read the...

Google’s Password Checkup Helps You Stay Safe Online

Google has launched the Password Checkup. This is a new tool built into Google’s Password Manager, which is built into your Google account. The Password Checkup is designed to keep you safe online by checking the strength and security of your passwords. Research suggests that as many as one in four Americans use common passwords. Things like ABC123 and Password1111. Furthermore, many people use the same password across multiple sites. So if it’s involved in a breach, multiple accounts are vulnerable. In an effort to help people stay safe online, Google has launched the Password Checkup. How Does Google’s Password...Read the...

6 Free Hash Checkers to Check the Integrity of Any File

At times when you download files online, you are provided with a file hash to check the integrity of the file. Rightly or wrongly, most people ignore file hash verification, the assumption being that if the file is malicious, the site owner would realize and take it down. That or their antivirus would stomp out the suspicious download before it executes. Wondering how you check the file hash? Here are six tools you can use to verify the file you’re downloading is safe. 1. Check File Hash Using PowerShell Handily, Windows comes with an integrated file hash checker. It is...Read the...