Internet / Network Security: Most Popular Articles
For the sake of the safety of you and your family, there is some information that you should never post on Facebook. Here are 5 things you should consider removing or not posting to Facebook and/or other social networks.
Have you lost the admin password to your wireless router or need to change your wireless router password because you never changed it from the factory default. Here are some tips on how to reset / change your wireless router's admin password.
Do you think it's time to change your Wi-Fi password? Learn how to change it by checking out our guide
Do you want to prevent people from seeing which pages you like on Facebook? Here's how to hide your liked pages on Facebook:
Selling your iPhone or trading it in? There are a couple of steps you need to take to erase the data on your iPhone before you sell it.
How to setup a iPhone controlled home security camera system for under $100.
Was your Facebook account just hacked? Here is what you need to do to get things back to normal if you believe your Facebook account has been compromised.
Moral and legal implications aside, is jailbreaking your iPhone a safe endeavor? Do the benefits outweigh the risks or is it the other way around?
How can you tell if someone is using your wireless connection without your permission? Let's take a look at what you can do to detect and remove wireless freeloaders from your network.
If you don't like the idea of advertising the location where you took a picture with your iPhone, follow theses steps to remove geotags from your images:
Are there sketchy people following you on Twitter? Learn how to get rid of unwanted followers and prevent them from following you in the first place.
This article explains all the steps necessary to enable parental controls (restrictions) on your child's iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
If you're a little freaked out by the fact that you can click the Facebook Places map and see everywhere you've taken a picture or checked in, you're not alone. Let's learn how to turn off this creepy feature.
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Are you a parent trying to figure out if there are any parental controls for YouTube? We'll show you a couple of steps you can take to try and limit your child's access to inappropriate video content
The Find My iPhone app is a great tool for tracking your iPhone provided thieves don't turn it off after they have stolen your phone. Let's find out how you can make it harder for thieves to turn off your iPhone's homing beacon.
To secure your wireless access point or router you need to change the default username and password used to access the administration screen and change the configuration settings
Is your wireless router a target for hackers? The answer is yes. We'll show you the steps you need to take to hack-proof your wireless router.
Are you afraid of becoming the next victim of a wireless hack attack? Here are 4 secrets that wireless hackers don't want you to know about wireless security. Learn the facts so you won't become their next victim.
Check out these tips on how to avoid credit card skimming before you swipe your card at the ATM or the gas pump.
Are you new to Google+ and wondering how to set your Google+ security and privacy settings to keep the world out of your business? Here are some tips on how you can use Google+'s security and privacy options to make your Google+ experience a safe one.
Did you lock yourself out of your own computer and are trying to hack your way back in? Follow these tips to get your virtual house keys back so you don't have to start over from scratch.
So you've got a wireless network setup but you noticed that something is slowing your internet browsing to a crawl. It could be your Internet leeching neighbor who is freeloading of your connection. Learn what you can do hide your wireless network so you can stop their bandwidth sucking gravy train.
The SSID is one of the pieces of information needed for a wireless device to attach to your wireless network. You should change the default SSID to something unique, but not something identifiable like your last name. This step-by-step guide will walk you through how to do that on a Linksys wireless router.
Most home routers, wireless or wired, provide some form of DHCP which automatically assigns IP addresses to devices as they connect. To reduce the possibility of an unauthorized party accessing your network, you can disable DHCP and manually assign static IP addresses to your devices
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Craigslist can be a great resource for buying and selling things. Follow these tips to make your Craigslist experience a safe and profitable one.
It's time to get rid of your old computer and get a new one. Let's review a couple of things you need to do before you chuck that old paperweight of a PC.
Deleting data or even formatting a hard drive before selling or disposing of it is not good enough. The data can still be recovered. This article describes the steps you need to take before getting rid of a hard drive.
Facebook's new Timeline is like a scrapbook for stalkers. Learn what you can do to secure it and make it safer.
Is that really the president calling you at home or have you just been Caller ID spoofed?
Are you trying to distance yourself from a Facebook creeper without hurting their feelings? Here is a kinder, gentler way to unfriend a creeper.
How to keep your Internet Parental Controls from being circumvented by your curious kids.
You've got IP security cameras setup and monitoring things 24/7 but have you thought about what happens if the bad guys steal the computer your saving your security camera footage on? Let's learn how to backup your IP security camera to off-site cloud-based storage so you can still catch the bad guys
5 quick and easy MacBook security tips you can use to make your MacBook an impenetrable and unstealable mobile data fortress:
Learn how to test your network firewall to see if it is doing its job?
A brief article introducing the concepts of packet sniffing- how it works, what information can be gathered, what you can do to protect yourself and how you might use packet sniffing information to help protect or secure your network
Are you relying on a 4-digit passcode to protect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod? There is a simple settings change that can make your screen lock passcode a lot harder to crack. Let's learn how to set a complex password on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
Tips and tools to help you block pop-up ads while browsing the Web. Using these techniques can help you to reduce or eliminate pop-up ads and other Web-surfing annoyances.
Tips to make yourself virtually invisible online so you can remain anonymous, avoid targeted advertising, evade hackers, deter online stalkers, and prevent other invasions of privacy.
From encrypting your phone calls, to arming your security system after you've already left the house, these must-have security apps for iPhone have got you covered.
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Your friend says he just added the dislike button and you can too! All you have to do is install this sketchy-looking app. Let's learn more about the dislike scam and other popular Facebook scams / myths.
One way to protect your wireless network is to establish MAC address filtering. By only allowing the devices with the MAC addresses you identify to connect to your network you greatly reduce the ability for an attacker to gain unauthorized access.
For your safety and the safety of your friends and family, avoid posting these 10 things on any social networks.
Did someone steal your iPhone or iPad? Learn how to remotely wipe its data so that the bad guys can't steal your personal information.
Have you just been scammed online? Here are some tips to help you stop the scammers before they make off with more of your money or open any more accounts using your identity.
The Internet Explorer AutoComplete feature can remember Web addresses you have typed and form information such as your address. It can also remember your username and password for various sites. This may seem convenient, but it is also a huge security concern. Anyone who sits down at your computer is able to access your personal sites and information. This Quick Tip will show you how to turn off the AutoComplete feature, or at least disable the storage of usernames and passwords
Think your wireless network is safe because you're using WPA2 encryption instead of WEP? Think again (but think
Are you afraid of Wi-Fi freeloaders connecting to your hotspot and racking up data overages that you'll have to pay for? Learn how to keep Wi-Fi leeches and hackers from stealing your gigabytes by reading this article.
This is part of an article I wrote for CertCities.com describing my top 10 tips to help people study for and pass the CISSP certification exam. Excerpted from CertCities.com with permission
Let's learn why some people send out fake friend requests and how you can spot a false or malicious one:
Information on how to report internet-based scams / fraud.
Tips to make your password really hard for bad guys to crack
Learn why the 2GIG Go!Control Wireless Home Security system might just be considered the iPhone of Home Security Systems.
Tamper Data might just be one of the best kept hacker secrets. Learn what this innocent-looking browser plug-in can do and why web application developers should worry.
Free intrusion detection (IDS) and prevention (IPS) software to help you identify and respond to malicious or suspicious network activity on your network and stop any hackers, viruses, trojans or other malware from spreading
A brief article introducing the concepts of Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)- how they work, what sorts of things they monitor for, what the results mean to you and how you might use an IDS to monitor for and detect suspicious or malicious activity on your network and alert you so that you can respond
Do you know what a packet sniffer is or what it's used for? Let's learn how packet sniffers can be both a great diagnostic tool for network technicians and a dangerous weapon in the hands of hackers.
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Did you just get a text that says you signed up for Trivia Facts, Ring Tones, or something similar? Did you get a bill saying you owe $9.99 for Premium SMS content? I bet you don't even remember signing up for it, because you probably didn't.
A definition of the network security term email spoofing
Wouldn't it be nice if you could block a site so that your children can't get to it no matter what device your child is using to try and access it? Let's look at implementing parental controls at the router level.
Think twice before you set your out-of-office auto reply, you might reveal information that is useful to scammers and spammers.
Follow these security tips to help turn your iPad into a mobile information fortress.
VPN's: IPSec vs. SSL is an article comparing and contrasting internet protocol security (IPSec) virtual private networks (VPN) with secure sockets layer (SSL) VPN's from your About.com Guide for Internet / Network Security, Tony Bradley
Is there an easy way to backup all the pictures, videos, links, etc, that you've ever posted to Facebook in case your account gets hacked, deleted, or disabled? The answer is yes, and I'll show you how to archive your Facebook content quickly and easily.
Pop-Up windows often appear to look like normal message windows. Users may feel that simply clicking
Did your grandmother just post a Facebook link to Shocking Sexy Pics of Britney Spears? Maybe that's just how your grandma rolls, but chances are it's the hacker who just
There are many misperceptions and much confusion about where the legal and ethical line is for buying, downloading, sharing or copying music. This article addresses some common myths.
5 tips to help you get your foot in the door in the IT Security field.
It seems like almost weekly a major security breach is announced involving the compromise of hundreds of thousands or even millions of customer's personal information. Some look to network security as the solution. Some look to legislation and penalties as the solution. The reality is that most identity theft is actually very low-tech and it is up to you to guard your own identity. These ten tips will help you protect yourself from identity theft.
Free spyware removal tools and utilities to help you block, or at least detect and remove spyware and adware that can infest your computer and bog it down severely and may even perform malicious functions like capturing your passwords.
Are hackers listening in to your cordless phone conversations or is it just your nosy neighbor? Learn how to protect yourself from cordless phone eavesdroppers.
Learn why you should think twice before you click that short link
Are you being geo-stalked? Is someone using your location tags to hunt you down? Learn how to protect yourself from Geo-stalkers.
When does oversharing on Facebook become dangerous? Learn about the perils of oversharing and what you should keep in mind before you share too much.
Did you forget to log out of Facebook on a friend's computer? Are you worried someone might happen upon your Facebook Graph Search history? Here's how to clear your Facebook search history:
Introduction to Port Scanning is a basic overview of TCP/IP port scanning - how to do it and what the results will or won't tell you- from your About.com Guide for Internet / Network Security, Tony Bradley
You just tried to Google something but instead of getting a Google results page, your browser takes you to some sketchy-looking search engine that you've never heard of. Your web browser has just been hijacked.
It is great to be able to transmit data back and forth from your wireless device to your wireless router or access point, but what if someone else intercepts those airwaves as well? You can protect your wireless data by enabling encryption.
Can something as simple as your choice of wireless network name make you a more appealing target for hackers trying to crack your wireless network's password? The answer is yes and here's why:
Rainbow Tables may not sound like something sinister, but they are your password's worst nightmare. Rainbow Tables are yet another hacker tool in their ever growing arsenal. Don't let their cute name fool you, these things are scary.
Are your IP security cameras safe from Internet voyeurs and hackers? Check out these tips to help you secure your IP Security cameras:
Is your wireless network traffic safe from hackers and eavesdroppers? Learn why your current wireless encryption might not be adequate and what you can do to protect your network.
This article provides will show users how ton enable the security features that are built-in to OS X, but are disabled by default.
LinkedIn can be a great resource for professional networking but if you're not careful you might give out too much information to the wrong people. Here are some tips for staying safe on LinkedIn.
Did you know that your wireless router may have a built-in firewall hidden within its configuration settings? Let's learn how to enable your wireless router's built-in firewall:
Got a shiny new wireless router? Follow these tips to help make it more secure:
Oh SNAP! You just got Clickjacked!! Learn more about clickjacking and find out how you can avoid getting your clicks jacked.
A review of the Foscam FI8905W Outdoor IP Security Camera
A review of alarm.com's interactive alarm monitoring service
This article examines the challenge of trying to remember the passwords and usernames to a wide variety of sites and applications and discusses the tools available to help users securely store and remember their passwords
An article on incident response when you think you've been hacked. how do you collect clues and evidence of your perpetrator- when they attacked? what they did? How do you restore your system and how do you protect yourself from future occurrences??
Geofence Technology: Parental control on steroids and likely your child's worse nightmare.
Can you bring files back from the dead? In some cases, the answer is yes. I'm not talking about the recycle bin, I'm talking about when you deleted the stew out of them. Find out how to resurrect dead files.
We all hate leaving our pets at home while we're at work. What if you could check in on them whenever your wanted from you iPhone or Android? I'll show you how to make a low-cost Pet Cam for less than $100
Most security experts recommend that you log into your computer system as a regular user instead of Administrator. By using the 'Run As' option in Microsoft Windows, you can still execute programs with Administrator privileges even when you are logged in as a regular user.
Learn how criminals are using Google Maps Street View to help them 'case the joint' before they rob your house. We'll also show you how to protect yourself by making your property invisible in Street View so that all the bad guys will see is a big fat blur.
VPNs aren't just for big corporations anymore. Learn how a personal VPN service can help protect your privacy and keep the hackers at bay.
Links to free packet sniffer software to capture and analyze network traffic on your network
Since the introduction of product activation in Microsoft products, many people have complained. For those who dread having to activate the product again with Microsoft just because they reinstall the software, this tip will show you how to transfer the activation data over.
Are you worried that someone is spying on you via your webcam? Here are some tips for securing your webcam:
A brief article describing why you should encrypt your email communications and some tips on how to do it
Is the crime rate up in your area? Are burglars treating your neighborhood like it's an all-you can-steal buffet? It's time to upgrade your neighborhood watch to version 2.0.
A quick tip illustrating how to configure Windows XP to automatically erase the page file when Windows shuts down to remove any sensitive information.
BackTrack is a free security audit toolkit comprised of hundreds of open-source security tools used by both security professionals as well as hackers. Did I mention that it's free?
A review of the best-selling thriller The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It has only loose connections to cyber security or cyber fiction through some code-breaking and cryptography, but it is an excellent book.
A brief overview of file and directory access rights in Unix and Linux operating systems and using the chmod command to alter or modify file and directory permissions.
Are you on vacation and about to post a picture of your delicious meal to Facebook? Read this article before you post, or you might come home to an empty house.
Is your new Tinder match too good to be true? Here are 5 warning signs that they might be a scam bot in disguise:
Someone just stole your phone, little do they know that you've booby trapped it. They are in for a real surprise. Let's explore your smartphone booby trapping options.
Is Siri telling all your secrets? If you have a new iPhone and are using the Siri assistant, there is a potential Siri-related security hole that a simple settings change can fix.
Smishing is basically phishing scams that are sent over Short Message Service (SMS) text messages. Here are a few tips to help you tell spot SMiShing.
Article on password security. Passwords need to be long enough and complicated enough to protect you, but not so complicated you forget them. Also, due to password cracking algorithms and the format of the encrypted password hash, sometimes a shorter password can be better than a longer password
Windows EFS (Encrypted File System) can help you add extra security and protection for your files to make sure that unauthorized users are unable to view or use them.
One of the mantras of computer security is to keep your computer patched and updated against known vulnerabilities. Sounds simple enough. But, how do you make sure that your computer is patched and updated?
If you read news headlines you may have heard about the overwhelming onslaught of 'bots' or 'zombies'. If you had no other context, you might think they were talking about an invasion of Earth
Check out these tips on how to make Google a little safer for your kids to search
A frequently asked question (faq) explainin what a BHO (browser helper object) is and how they can be used to attack your computer system.
Did you remember to lock your front door when you left the house this morning? Let's learn how you can remotely lock up your home and even turn lights on and off via your smartphone.
If you can't remember your Windows XP password and even the password hint isn't helping, you can use an account with Administrator rights to reset the password so you can once again access your account. Page 2.
Foscam Surveillance Pro is a great app for keeping an eye on your home from your iPhone. Check out our review for more information.
Do you know who's following your child on Twitter? Here are some Twitter privacy and safety tips to help keep you and your family safe.
Who's talking about you or your business online on social media, blogs, and other websites? What are they saying? Let's look at some steps you can take to monitor and protect your online reputation.
How secure is your HomePlug Powerline Network? Let's learn how you can implement the security features of your HomePlug Powerline Network.
Did your computer just pop up a message that won't go away? Is it demanding that you pay a fine? You've just become a victim of Ransomware.
Let's learn how to use Google Voice as your very own telephone privacy firewall.
Your 3-year-old is playing with your phone and just made 300 dollars worth of in-app purchases, and she doesn't even know how to read yet. Let's learn how to prevent your kids and others from making unauthorized in-app purchases.
Wireless networks have a beacon which broadcasts information. Learn how to disable the SSID broadcast so no random wireless devices know your network.
A list of top Computer and Network Security books from your Guide, Tony Bradley
A brief article introducing the concepts of vulnerability scanning- how it works, what sorts of things it checks for, what the results mean to you and how you might use a vulnerability scanner to detect weaknesses in your network and fix them before they are used against you
If antivirus, firewalls, anti-spyware and other protective measures don't work, you can simply go back in time to a point before your computer had problems by using System Restore.
A brief overview of the Center for Internet Security (CIS) security benchmarks for the Apple iPhone (OS 2.2.1)
Do you know what it takes to shop safe online? Use these 10 tips to give you some peace of mind.
Does that link look infected? Want to find out how to check the safety of a link without actually clicking on it? Here's how:
A tutorial article providing tips to use peer-to-peer (p2p) networking sites such as BitTorrent or eMule safely and securely.
Your virus scanner says everything is OK, but your computer is acting very strange and won't let you open any files. It's time for a second opinion malware scanner to see what your antivirus software might have missed.
Free software to help you detect and block viruses, trojans, worms and other malware and also to clean-up any infections that may slip into your computer system.
Before you sell or trade your iPad make sure you wipe it clean of your personal data. Learn how in this article:
Is the free wireless hotspot you just connected to a legitimate one, or is it an Evil Twin hotspot setup to steal your passwords and other personal information? Let's learn about Evil Twin hotspots and how to guard against them.
Are you prepared if the walking dead come knocking at your door during a zombie apocalypse? Follow these perimeter security tips.
Check out our review of Dr. Paul Ekman's online course on recognizing Micro Expressions and learn how it might be used to fend off social engineering attacks.
Free tools to monitor and protect your wireless connection or test your WEP encryption. There are wireless IDS (intrusion detection systems), wireless scanners that detect hidden networks and access points and more.
A profile of Wireshark, maintained and developed by the creator and core development team from Ethereal, and the features and functions of the application.
Is your personal information appearing in search results? Would you prefer to limit what Google shares about you? Here's how:
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'Tech Support' just called you and said your computer has a problem. You let them into your computer and may have given them your credit card information before you realized it was a scam. What do you do now?
There are certain bits of personal information that you may want to leave out of your Facebook profile for privacy and safety reasons. Here are 5 of them:
Is your wireless network secure? Here are 5 steps you can take to help better secure your wireless network.