How to tell if your computer has a virus

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, viruses can stealthily infect computers, avoiding detection from antivirus software. How can we know if a computer is infected without antivirus software alerting us to it? An infected computer might display one or more these symptoms: Poor Performance- If a computer performs slowly, taking more time to process actions than […]

Social Engineering 101: How to hack the mind

When exploiting computer system vulnerabilities isn’t enough, cybercriminals use old-fashioned human trickery to steal information; a practice commonly known as Social Engineering. Social Engineering is the use of deceptive practices to trick users into giving sensitive information and/or compromising their own computer systems. Attackers trick users into giving them their passwords or downloading malware onto […]

How easy is it for data breaches to happen?

A data breach is the unauthorized accessing of secure data. When cyber criminals break into an organization and access people’s personal information (like with Equifax recently), that’s what a data breach is. A good organization will use the best security tools and methods available to prevent data breaches from occurring, but no organization can ever […]

Uber Hacked: Millions of users’ data compromised

It has been reported that Uber was hacked in 2016, compromising the data of 57 million users. According to SecurityWeek, “the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of customers around the world” was stolen. Uber paid a $100,000 ransom to the attackers, saying that they ‘subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the […]

Drive-by Downloads

One of the ways a cyber criminal can compromise your system is by luring you to a malicious website, or by infecting a legitimate site with malicious code. When you visit such a site, your browser automatically downloads the bad code to your computer without you knowing. This is called a Drive-by download. Drive-by downloads […]

Why everyone should be a hacker

Hacking is all about understanding how things work, which is a skill that everyone should have and can be used for either good or evil. The word “hacker” typically has a negative connotation to it. The media portrays hackers as hooded figures sitting at a computer, trying to access someone else’s private information. While that […]