When Good Apps Go Bad: How to Avoid Malicious Software

Fake apps proliferate online, and it’s hard to tell the good apps from the bad. Scammers are getting sneakier by hiding their malicious apps behind the smokescreen of reputable ones. Your garden-variety fake app is typically malware disguised as a fun game or useful utility. Behind the shiny exterior lies code that can steal your … Continue reading When Good Apps Go Bad: How to Avoid Malicious Software

You Need Better Antivirus Than Your Computer’s Built-In Software

Your computer’s built-in antivirus software is no match against today’s Internet threats. Here’s why you should replace it with something stronger. Windows and Mac computers both have default antivirus programs, Windows Defender and Apple’s XProtect. (If you haven’t noticed XProtect running on your Mac, that’s because it runs silently in the background as part of … Continue reading You Need Better Antivirus Than Your Computer’s Built-In Software

What You Need to Know About Tech Support Scams

Tech support scams are a continuing threat to consumers, especially with so many people working from home. Here’s how to avoid them, and how to find real tech support. A tech support scam usually starts with a fake phone call, phishing email, or pop-up ad. Phone calls are an especially popular choice for reaching consumers … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Tech Support Scams

Ransomware: A Dangerous Threat to Your Computer

Ransomware is a particularly nasty form of computer virus that encrypts your data, then demands payment for the encryption key. Why is ransomware so hazardous, and how can you remove it? Ransomware is vicious because it doesn’t just render your computer unusable. It encrypts all of your files, including those on networked computers, removable drives, … Continue reading Ransomware: A Dangerous Threat to Your Computer

A Home User’s Guide to Mobile Device Internet Security

Few of us maintain the same security precautions on our tablets and phones that we do on our computers. But mobile devices contain personal data, and they go wherever we do. Here’s what you need to know to keep your mobile devices protected. In general the same security rules we use for computers also apply … Continue reading A Home User’s Guide to Mobile Device Internet Security

How to Stop Your Webcam and Microphone From Spying On You

With everyone relying on webcams and microphones these days, it’s vital to know how to protect yourself from accidental—or intentional—spying. Cameras can be hijacked in a number of ways. Cybercriminals can commandeer them with viruses or ransomware, then extort you by demanding money for the deletion of potentially embarrassing photos and videos. There’s always the … Continue reading How to Stop Your Webcam and Microphone From Spying On You

Ten Ways to Tell If Your Computer Has a Virus (And What to Do About It)

Ever get the sinking feeling that something's wrong with your computer? Here are ten ways to tell if your computer is infected with a virus, and what to do if it is. Run a virus scanA bit obvious, isn't it? While you're at it, make sure your antivirus program has been updated recently. If you … Continue reading Ten Ways to Tell If Your Computer Has a Virus (And What to Do About It)

The Risks Of Sharenting: When Parents Post Too Much About Their Kids Online (And How To Share Safely)

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “sharenting,” or parents oversharing information about their children on the Internet. Some parents believe they should be able to share their parenting experience as they see fit. But many children, as they grow older and realize the plethora of information that their parents have posted about them, … Continue reading The Risks Of Sharenting: When Parents Post Too Much About Their Kids Online (And How To Share Safely)

Why You Should Upgrade Your Old Version Of Windows

If you run Windows 7, you may have noticed a message on your computer recommending that you upgrade to Windows 10. That’s not just Microsoft shilling for more money. Older operating systems pose a greater risk to consumers, because they are more vulnerable to modern viruses and malware. I strongly recommend that you upgrade to … Continue reading Why You Should Upgrade Your Old Version Of Windows