Connecting a computer to the internet without a virus protection program is as reckless as leaving your property in the street. It's an open invitation to hackers... they wrangle these herds of infected computers into massive botnets that can bring down whole websites and web-accessed systems at the touch of a button.
In the wake of the EU Court's decision, Google is now faced with a few problems that not only call into question the principles behind the right to be forgotten but could also have possible damaging effects on its functionality as a search engine tool.
On top of malware, these rogue sites are rife with credit card cons. Two in three of the 30 analysed are guilty of that trick, and more than three in four people who admit to visiting pirate film and TV sites say they've fallen victim to these sorts of scams at some point.
If you're struggling to understand the deluge of information about the Heartbleed vulnerability, you're not alone. Some reports tell us to change all our online passwords immediately, others warn us that this could do more harm than good. There is a lot of misinformation out there.
Snowden has shown us that in the digital world a level of surveillance is possible and practiced that would never have been accepted in analogue democracies. Now people start to rebel
Due to the lack of awareness of these threats, the often overlooked human element and the limited security measures that may be in place, it's becoming easier for cybercriminals to target small, local businesses.
We all face the threat of opportunistic malware designed to steal confidential information from anyone unlucky enough to get infected. But then there are customised attacks that are tailored to infiltrate organisations and harvest highly-sensitive data belonging to the victims.
For many in the technology sector, one of the most discussed topics in recent months has been digital fraud and online security. This is an area in which I have a great deal of interest, as it continues to play a significant role in the demand for specialist skills in the Financial Services & Banking Sectors.
315,000 new samples are analysed every day. Browser-based attacks nearly doubled to 1,700,870,654.Offline attacks (via USB flash-drive, for example) totalled 3 billion, from a total of 1.8 million malicious and potentially unwanted programs.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas the number of online transactions increases dramatically - and with it our risk of being targeted by cyber-criminals.
'You've got a virus,' my little sister said finally, sneering at me in a way that made it perfectly clear that she considered the whole matter beneath her. 'What internet security provider are you using?' I laughed, because internet security software is like ironing, or packing the night before a flight- done only by the neurotic or the elderly.
Think about it. You never know what the guy with the laptop at the next table might be doing. Maybe, like you, he's checking his email, updating his Facebook page or chatting with friends. But maybe he's sniffing the Internet traffic of everyone around him - including yours.
As consumers, we now demand more choice in payment than ever - both offline AND online. Online retailers need to meet this demand or see their customers go elsewhere. And businesses not currently offering online payment are missing out on our custom.
Keeping your business running on a budget isn't always the easiest task. However, you can keep your business computer safe from viruses by using free virus protection software. There are a lot of options out there, so how do you know what is the best? Take a look at some of the top free virus protection software options for your business.
Earlier in the year, I highlighted the importance of using unique, complex passwords for securing our online identities. This is especially true for mobile devices. Many of us today use our phones for the bulk of our online activities. This is very convenient, of course. But it does mean that our online life lies behind a single password.
In the pre-internet era, data security was essentially endless files filled with thousands of documents. It is hard to believe that there was a pre-internet way of doing business securely at all, or that any business that operated during those times is still going today. It must have been a head spinner to adapt to new technologies.