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What is a Zero-Day Exploit?

Thumbnail image for What is a Zero-Day Exploit? by Barbara J. Feldman March 31, 2014

A zero-day exploit (also called a zero-day attack, hack, malware, virus, trojan horse or worm) is one in which the first known occurrence of the attack happens the very same day the software vulnerability is discovered. This means that the author/publisher of the compromised software has not had any time (zero days) to fix the […]

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Why Did I End Up in a Facebook Closet?

Thumbnail image for Why Did I End Up in a Facebook Closet? by Barbara J. Feldman November 21, 2013

Those of us that keep on eye on such things, have seen an increase in successful password hacks recently. It seems like there’s another high-profile site whose passwords have been exposed every week. If you have an account compromised at one of these sites, you’ll likely get an email from the affected site asking you […]

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Secure Your PayPal Account with Free App

Thumbnail image for Secure Your PayPal Account with Free App by Barbara J. Feldman September 2, 2013

Frequent readers already know I am a big fan of two-factor authentication. I use it on my Google account, my WordPress accounts, Facebook, and now PayPal. To turn on free two-factor authentication at PayPal, first download the VIP Access phone app from Symantec. To find it, simply visit m.verisign.com on your mobile phone. Install the […]

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Twitter Adds Double Authentication

Thumbnail image for Twitter Adds Double Authentication by Barbara J. Feldman May 28, 2013

Twitter is the newest social network to add an extra layer of security to their login process by giving users the option to use double authentication (also known as two-factor authentication.) Twitter’s double auth works like this. When logging into Twitter.com from an unknown device, Twitter will text a PIN to your mobile phone, and […]

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Clean Out Your Wallet, Protect Against Identity Theft

Thumbnail image for Clean Out Your Wallet,  Protect Against Identity Theft by Barbara J. Feldman January 23, 2013

Identity Theft Protection Infographic – Courtesy of Shoeboxed.

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Mac Gets Hit with Malware Threat

by Barbara J. Feldman December 3, 2012

Naked Security from Sophos has reported that Macs are getting infected with malware by visiting a Dalai Lama site. If infected, all your keystrokes could be recorded, thereby exposing all your important data such as bank passwords. Two things I’d recommend. First is an anti-virus for your Mac, such as the free one published by […]

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