The advent of social media has enabled advertisers to target their consumers better than ever before. But, are you aware that your operating system could also be helping companies display personalized ads based on your online searches? Read on to learn more about Windows 10’s flawed privacy settings and how you can fix them.
Two vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown and Spectre, have been found affecting almost every Windows desktop and server. Computers affected by these two vulnerabilities are susceptible to having their data stolen, such as personal photos and passwords.
When it comes to security updates, time is usually of the essence. The longer you wait to install a fix from a vendor, the higher the risk of being compromised. But in the cases of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, you might be better off waiting until a more reliable patch is released.
According to security researchers, a bulk of the world’s computer processors have gaping flaws. The flaws, grouped under the term ‘Spectre,’ affect many critical systems including web browsers like Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox. Here’s a quick rundown of these major vulnerabilities and what you can do to secure them.
Bloatware is generally considered harmless, but what about when these unnecessary apps turn into a security risk? A recent report shows that a pre-installed app in some versions of Windows 10 had an alarming plugin flaw:
Tavis Ormandy, a researcher from Google’s Project Zero, recently discovered that a compromised password management app, Keeper, had been installed with some versions of Windows 10. For a brief period, Keeper’s browser extension, when enabled, allowed websites to easily steal login credentials.
You might be entering credit card details on a website to purchase something online or filling in your personal information to subscribe to a service, thinking you’re safe behind the keyboard. And you probably are — if the computer you’re using doesn’t have a keylogger installed.
Protecting your business data goes beyond making sure your office computers and networks are safe. Because of this, businesses are recognizing the importance of a mobile threat detection (MTD) strategy, which puts up barriers in your company’s mobile devices in order to block mobile malware and other threats.
If the browser you’re using can’t guarantee your safety, you could be one click away from downloading malware into your computer. Although it’s easy to click ‘X’ on suspicious pop-up ads, some threats are more difficult to detect. Google addresses this and other web safety risks by substantially changing Chrome’s security settings.
There’s plenty to get excited about in Android 8.0: improved auto-fill functionality, picture-in-picture capability, greater notification control, and plenty more. While these features are all-impressive, Android has also included a number of significant security enhancements that you shouldn’t miss.
From cloud hacks to malicious macros, hackers are becoming more creative in how they breach Microsoft Office. And although Microsoft releases security patches as soon as vulnerabilities are discovered, there’s a new hacking technique that allows cybercriminals to slip past traditional threat detection tools.