Website security certificates are the silent superheroes protecting consumer data and encrypting browser sessions, but do you even know how they work?
How many times have you clicked away browser warnings about expired or incorrect security certificates?
Probably too many for you to even remember, right?
The truth is, most people are totally clueless about how security certificates, “https” websites, and SSL really work to protect their online privacy and data (hint: they’re all the same).
As the staff over at no-track search engine DuckDuckGo tell us, every secure website relies on a two-part process to make sure information is sent securely and received by the correct individuals.
So whether you’re sending credit card information to your favorite online store or uploading your vacation photos to your cloud-based storage drive, security certificates make the internet a safer place—but only when they’re allowed to do their job.
Today we’ll clue you in as to why security certificates matter. We’ll even show you what you can do to make sure your online security isn’t at risk. READ MORE “What Do Website Security Certificates Actually Do for Your Privacy?”
You don’t have to be a high-ranking government official or rich celebrity to have your emails spied on. Learn how to protect the privacy of your emails now:
Email hacks involving celebrities, government officials, and major corporations have become hot news topics, but have you ever thought about the damage an email attack could inflict upon your life?
Sure, you probably don’t think you’re a target since you don’t have millions of dollars in your bank account or the codes to launch nuclear war in your inbox.
But you’d be totally wrong.
Your email data is exactly the kind of prey hackers, advertisers, and employers are looking for.
The real kicker is that most people aren’t even aware that their emails are so vulnerable.
To protect your emails and learn what’s at stake, we take a further look at who’s really peeking in your inbox — and what you can do about it. READ MORE “How to Keep Your Emails Confidential and Secure”
You can’t protect your privacy if you don’t know what you need protection from. We’ll cover the specific online threats you need to watch out for today:
You hear it all the time: The internet is not a safe place.
From foreign hackers to suspicious websites and emails, it’s becoming easier to get access to your most private—and valuable—information online, even though we’re all supposedly becoming wiser to our security vulnerabilities.
Hacking is now a household word, partly because new tools to get the job done faster are becoming more available. Plus, these techniques are becoming so efficient that users with even the most basic skills can accomplish hacks with damaging effects.
Most people believe they’re protected because they have a standard version of antivirus software that came pre-installed on their laptop five years ago. Don’t be this naive.
The key to protecting yourself from online threats is arming yourself with information about them. Then you’ll know how to stop them before they harm your life or business.
Believe us, when a hacker knows your weaknesses, or the security holes you never bothered to patch or update to fix, they’ll totally use this intel to their advantage. You should be just as informed about what they can do.
These are the most common online threats you need to worry about. READ MORE “The Most Common Online Threats You Need to Worry About”
Hackers grow stronger and more sophisticated every day. Are you protecting your information as fast as they’re learning how to steal your data? Learn how:
Have you ever been the victim of cybercrime or identity theft?
Larry Ponemon, head of the Ponemon Institute, an independent research group focused on privacy, data protection, and information security policy, tells CNN:
“If you’re not a data breach victim, you’re not paying attention.”
Cybercrime is happening all the time, whether you realize you’re a victim or not.
See, certain hackers can drain your bank account or make fraudulent purchases on your stolen credit cards, which is easy to spot. But other more sophisticated hackers have the ability to collect your private data, breach major companies, steal your identity, and get you in a mess of financial trouble.
Since most of us are still going to shop online—and we’re definitely not going back to brick-and-mortar banking—it’s crucial to know how to protect your most private information.
Sure, you may already have super strong passwords, but that’s not enough anymore. Take these 5 security measures today if you want to keep your data secure online. READ MORE “5 Security Measures You Need to Take Online (Strong Passwords Aren’t Enough)”
Have you heard about ad blockers, but aren’t quite sure where to start? We cover the “why” behind ad blockers and offer a few of our favorites.
To block, or not to block, that is the question.
Have you ever been fully immersed in an article, only to have your attention hijacked by an ad? Do you feel paranoid that the ads you see are almost reading your mind?
You’re not alone. And luckily, there’s a way to stop them.
Below we dive into what ad blockers actually are, why you should use them, and offer a few of our favorites you can take out for a test drive. READ MORE “What Are Ad Blockers and Why Should I Use Them?”
Want to know how to preserve your already limited privacy? We dive into seven different ways you can up your online privacy game.
Privacy is becoming a rarity these days. There’s probably enough information floating around about you online that it wouldn’t be too difficult to build an accurate representation of who you are offline.
Governments, corporations, advertisers. There’s a giant war going on online, and you’re in the middle of it. Your data, your attention, your very soul is at risk. Beyond companies bidding over your precious data, there are a ton of other risks lurking online, like malware, viruses, phishing, and identity theft scams.
Yikes! Maybe it’s time to unplug and go off the grid. But, if you’re like me (and anyone else who needs the Internet to function, so, um, everyone), there is another way. It just takes a little bit more effort on your part. But when you think of all the potentially disastrous consequences that can be avoided, you’ll probably see it as a great investment.
Below we highlight seven different ways you can preserve and protect your privacy online without sacrificing your sanity. READ MORE “7 Ways to Preserve Your Privacy Online”
Not a week goes by where a data breach doesn’t rear its ugly head – recently we have seen Tumblr and LinkedIn fall victim to cyber attacks, while TalkTalk, Sony and Target have become big name brands synonymous with the ‘mega breach’ moniker, seemingly mentioned in every introductory paragraph of data breach rhetoric. MySpace is reportedly the next giant to be exposed in a mega breach, rumoured to be the biggest data breach yet – though we will have to wait to see if this accolade materialises.
In CBR’s data breach series, we have told you how to identify if a data breach has hit your business, followed with what to do in the first few critical hours after discovery. Response to a data breach must be led by quarantine, blocking the threat and removing the malware or vulnerability. However, there is a non-IT side to every response plan – a side which is just as important as the technical response in the mitigating of damages to the business. READ MORE “The public relations nightmare that is a data breach: How to avoid a PR disaster and protect your business & customer base”