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Pegasus spyware: A quick guide on how to protect your phone

Aug 03, 2022

The infamous state-sanctioned spyware Pegasus was originally used by governments to track down terrorists and serious criminals. It was reportedly employed by Mexican authorities to capture drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in 2016. Fast forward a few years and it seems everyone and anyone could be on the hit list.

7 cyber security questions to ask your bank & financial institutions

Jul 27, 2022

Banks rely heavily on the internet (think online and mobile banking) and hold tons of sensitive financial information from millions of customers (including you). This makes them a prime target for hackers in search of corporate information, transactional data or funds (or all combined), and bad actors continue to become more sophisticated in their quest for that digital gold. That’s why understanding cyber security risks and how your bank mitigates those is important. To that end, here are se...

Why you should cover your webcam

Jul 20, 2022

Webcams are a common and must-have feature on most electronic devices – although keep in mind that built-in cameras on laptops, tablets, and smartphones can be easily hacked by cybercriminals to extort you. You never know who could be on the other side watching you, which is why many people cover up their webcam.

Why you should use alternative search engines

Jul 15, 2022

Search engines are a necessity to access information in today’s world, although most of them serve as data collection tools for advertising companies. Big search engines like Google, Yahoo! and the whole cahoots collect far more data and information about you than you might realise. They even censor search results based on dubious filtering and sometimes outright manipulation. If you’re looking for alternative search engines that can give you unbiased search results and respect your privacy, ...

How social media is tracking you & collecting your data

Jul 09, 2022

Ever wondered exactly how Facebook gives you suggestions for products you like and people you may know? If you have a Facebook account—and even if you don't—the platform collects tons of data about you. The same goes for Instagram, Twitter, Google, and pretty much all other platforms and networks you interact with. We explain how and why below.

SSD vs HDD: Which is better?

Jul 05, 2022

When choosing the right type of storage for your computer, it’s important to not only consider capacity and cost, but also performance, power usage, and reliability. The choice will often be between a solid-state drive (SSD) or a hard disk drive (HDD) as the two main storage solutions for laptops and computers. Here’s a quick guide comparing both storage drives.

Is the Metaverse safe?

Jun 28, 2022

Ever since Facebook rebranded itself as Meta and Mark Zuckerberg presented the idea of the ‘Metaverse’ as the ‘successor to mobile internet’, it has suddenly become a major trending topic. So, what exactly is it? What opportunities does it represent for businesses and what are the main cyber security concerns?

Is crypto dead?

Jun 23, 2022

The recent crypto crash has seen the value of most major cryptocurrencies plunge to an 18-month low, with the combined market value of all cryptocurrencies now reportedly less than $US1 trillion ($1.43 trillion). The increasing day-to-day volatility of digital currencies, rising inflation globally, and recent stock market fluctuations have led to speculations we could be heading for our longest crypto winter to date. So, is crypto dead or just bearing down for a comeback? 

What is encryption & how does it protect your data?

Jun 17, 2022

Everyone uses encryption technology on a daily basis, whether that’s when surfing the interning, storing data in the cloud, or working for a business that processes tons of private data. While most of us probably don't understand the ‘how’ or ‘why’ − encryption is vital to keeping sensitive information private and out of the hands of unscrupulous actors. This guide explains what encryption is and how it works.

HTTP vs HTTPS: Which is more secure?

Jun 10, 2022

The world of website security abounds with obscure acronyms, and none are more misunderstood than internet protocols like HTTP and HTTPS. While both allow communications between web browsers and web servers, it’s important to understand the basics of how they work and what their differences are.

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