laptop security: How to Prevent your Devices From Spying on You - 02/27/20 04:13 AM
You might not realize it, but your electronic devices may be tracking you. They know what you are doing, what you are reading, and the things you like to do. In almost every case, you give these devices permission to collect this info when you start using them. Here are some tips to help you prevent your devices from spying on you:
If you are using a macOS computer, you can limit the information you are sending to Apple by choosing the Apple menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy. Click the “Privacy” tab, and then you will see options about … (27 comments)

laptop security: How a Wi-Fi Hacker Snoops on Your Laptop and Mobile - 01/30/20 07:42 AM
You have likely heard of the dangers of using unsecure public Wi-Fi, so you know that hackers are out there snooping. It is pretty easy to hack into a laptop or mobile device that is on a public Wi-Fi connection with no protection. Hackers can read your emails, steal passwords, and even hijack your website log ins.
Let’s imagine that you are in a local coffee shop with your laptop. All someone has to do is download a wireless network analyzer, which usually has a free trial, and with the right hardware and additional software they can often see what everyone is … (36 comments)

laptop security: Eight security tips for travelers with laptop - 11/11/15 09:36 PM
These days, who doesn’t travel with their laptop? But commonality doesn’t make it inherently safe for your sensitive information that’s stored in the device. In fact, traveling with your laptop is inherently unsecure.
Whether you’re traveling for business or to visit family this holiday season, here are some ways to protect your laptop and your personal data:
Get a cable lock for your laptop. It’s a great way to deter a potential thief, especially if there are lots of people around. Register with an anti-theft service to track your laptop should it get stolen or “lost.” Carry your laptop in a bag … (37 comments)

laptop security: Huge IE Attack: Will Microsoft fix It in Time? - 04/28/14 11:36 PM
If you have IE 6 through 11, watch out. There’s a glitch that enables hackers to exploit flaws in these systems. Microsoft is racing to fix this vulnerability bug. Unfortunately, news is not so good for those using Windows XP, because Microsoft has ceased support, period. This means no security updates. It’s estimated that almost 30 percent of all the personal computers across the world are using Windows XP. Business owners and other decision makers of organizations need to overestimate just how risky it is to cling onto an old favorite rather than promptly switch to a new system that has … (5 comments)

laptop security: 7 Laptop Security tips for the Traveler - 02/26/14 12:56 AM
Here are nine ways you can add a lot of security to your laptop when traveling.

Bag it. Keep the laptop in a sturdy bag that’s specially designed for laptops. The sleeve should be well-padded and the bag TSA-compliant. The bag should be collapsible and expandable (depending on contents), and easy to wear near your body for extended periods. Don’t part with it. Pretend your laptop is a baby. In public, you wouldn’t leave your baby unattended while you went to the restroom or moved around in your location. Likewise, take your laptop with you wherever you go in public, … (3 comments)

laptop security: Laptop Theft is a Serious Problem - 11/28/12 12:47 PM
Almost all of us know someone who has lost or had their mobile device stolen. Thieves are becoming more sophisticated every day. They are after your personal information.
But what about losing your laptop computer?  Petty thieves used to steal a laptop for its quick resale value. But as laptop prices have come down and their computing power goes up, it is the data contained on them where the money is for a criminal.
With readily available IT tools, they can access your hard disk and extract all your personal information. The results can be much more serious than leaving your … (0 comments)

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