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.
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.
Do you think it's time to change your Wi-Fi password? Learn how to change it by checking out our guide
What makes you an attractive target for hackers? Check out these 5 common mistakes that might get you hacked.
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.
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.
Do you want to prevent people from seeing which pages you like on Facebook? Here's how to hide your liked pages on Facebook:
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.
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How to setup a iPhone controlled home security camera system for under $100.
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?
Are you worried that someone is spying on you via your webcam? Here are some tips for securing your webcam:
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
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:
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.
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.
Is your new Tinder match too good to be true? Here are 5 warning signs that they might be a scam bot in disguise:
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 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.
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.
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.
Tips to make your password really hard for bad guys to crack
Check out these tips on how to make Google a little safer for your kids to search
For your safety and the safety of your friends and family, avoid posting these 10 things on any social networks.
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.
This article explains all the steps necessary to enable parental controls (restrictions) on your child's iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
Craigslist can be a great resource for buying and selling things. Follow these tips to make your Craigslist experience a safe and profitable 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.
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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
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.
Oh SNAP! You just got Clickjacked!! Learn more about clickjacking and find out how you can avoid getting your clicks jacked.
Check out these tips on how to avoid credit card skimming before you swipe your card at the ATM or the gas pump.
Think your wireless network is safe because you're using WPA2 encryption instead of WEP? Think again (but think
How to keep your Internet Parental Controls from being circumvented by your curious kids.
Is that really the president calling you at home or have you just been Caller ID spoofed?
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
5 quick and easy MacBook security tips you can use to make your MacBook an impenetrable and unstealable mobile data fortress:
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.
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.
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.
Let's learn why some people send out fake friend requests and how you can spot a false or malicious one:
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
Information on how to report internet-based scams / fraud.
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
Learn how to test your network firewall to see if it is doing its job?
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
In-app purchases and kids don't mix. Especially when they have no clue that they are spending your real-world money on them. Let's learn how to prevent an app store shopping spree:
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.
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
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.
Follow these security tips to help turn your iPad into a mobile information fortress.
Before you sell or trade your iPad make sure you wipe it clean of your personal data. Learn how in this article:
Are your IP security cameras safe from Internet voyeurs and hackers? Check out these tips to help you secure your IP Security cameras:
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:
Got a shiny new wireless router? Follow these tips to help make it more secure:
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:
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.
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Learn why you should think twice before you click that short link
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.
A definition of the network security term email spoofing
Learn why the 2GIG Go!Control Wireless Home Security system might just be considered the iPhone of Home Security Systems.
A review of the Foscam FI8905W Outdoor IP Security Camera
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.
For the most part, Internet parental controls are an illusion but here are 3 that you can quickly set and forget that may have at least some chance of stemming the tide of junk that reaches your kids via the Internet
Are you trying to distance yourself from a Facebook creeper without hurting their feelings? Here is a kinder, gentler way to unfriend a creeper.
Facebook's new Timeline is like a scrapbook for stalkers. Learn what you can do to secure it and make it safer.
'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?
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.
Pop-Up windows often appear to look like normal message windows. Users may feel that simply clicking
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
A quick tip illustrating how to configure Windows XP to automatically erase the page file when Windows shuts down to remove any sensitive information.
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.
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
Do you like your job? Do you want to keep it? Avoid these security mistakes at work, or there might be a pink slip in your future.
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.
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:
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.
A brief article describing why you should encrypt your email communications and some tips on how to do it
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.
Think twice before you set your out-of-office auto reply, you might reveal information that is useful to scammers and spammers.
This article provides will show users how ton enable the security features that are built-in to OS X, but are disabled by default.
5 tips to help you get your foot in the door in the IT Security field.
Do you know what it takes to shop safe online? Use these 10 tips to give you some peace of mind.
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.
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.
How secure is your HomePlug Powerline Network? Let's learn how you can implement the security features of your HomePlug Powerline Network.
Apple's Touch ID isn't just for unlocking your iPhone anymore. Check out these 6 apps and learn what else Touch ID can do for you.
A short quiz to test how much you learned from the first lesson of the Free Computer Security 101 course.
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
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.
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.
Foscam Surveillance Pro is a great app for keeping an eye on your home from your iPhone. Check out our review for more information.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you being geo-stalked? Is someone using your location tags to hunt you down? Learn how to protect yourself from Geo-stalkers.
Wireless networks have a beacon which broadcasts information. Learn how to disable the SSID broadcast so no random wireless devices know your network.
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
Worried about Facebook hackers gaining access to your Facebook account? Consider using Facebook Two-Factor Authentication to protect your account. We'll show you how:
iOS 8 has some great new security features that you might not know about. Here are 5 of them:
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??
Secure Your Wireless Network: Understanding the threats and how to protect your network against them
Geofence Technology: Parental control on steroids and likely your child's worse nightmare.
Links to free packet sniffer software to capture and analyze network traffic on your network
A tutorial article providing tips to use peer-to-peer (p2p) networking sites such as BitTorrent or eMule safely and securely.
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.
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.
All you ever wanted to know about Facebook Security, Safety, and Privacy but were afraid to ask.
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.
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.
A review of alarm.com's interactive alarm monitoring service
A quiz based on Lesson 1 of Computer Security 101 on the About.com Internet / Network Security site
A frequently asked questions (FAQ) entry describing what a rootkit is and how they are used legitimately and maliciously to control computer systems.
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?
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
A quick, down and dirty hit list of the 5 easy steps you can take to protect your computer system or network from being infiltrated by spyware and adware
The new iOS 6 has some new privacy and security features up its sleeve. Learn all about them in our guide to iOS 6 security.
A frequently asked question (faq) explainin what a BHO (browser helper object) is and how they can be used to attack your computer system.
There are all kinds of internet-based bots out there some good some bad. We're going to look at the bad ones and show you how to recognize and avoid them.
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.
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.
Is your wireless network secure? Here are 5 steps you can take to help better secure your wireless network.
Learn what you need to do to help make your twitter experience a safe one
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:
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.
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.
Has your home network or computer just been hacked? Here's how to recover from a PC and/or home network compromise:
Do you have a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)? Tips for creating a DRP for your home or business network and computers. Find out why a good DRP may save both your job and your marriage.