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The For Consumption blog serves you a healthy dose of information, facts and observations about security for everyday needs. It focuses on general interest security topics and contains techy slang in moderation. As always, we value your feedback and ideas – your comments are most welcome.

Latest Posts in For Consumption

Cryptolocker cure shows prevention is the best solution

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For those of you who missed our previous articles about Cryptolocker, it’s a nasty virus that can permanently prevent you from accessing your files – unless you paid the criminal’s behind the malware a huge ransom. Since then – when we explained it was impossible to get your files back … Read More

Windows XP is unsafe: how to upgrade

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The long-running Windows XP operating system came to the end of its lifespan in April, when Microsoft stopped updating the software after 13 years of service. Unlike an old DVD player, however, continuing to use an out-of-date computer could put you at risk of a security breach. What’s the problem … Read More

I have a Mac, do I need an antivirus?

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Apple Mac computers have traditionally been much safer than their Windows counterparts. This has given them a much better reputation when it comes to security. However, with more and more users choosing to use Apple’s computers, they’re a growing target for malware writers. In fact, the Flashback trojan infected as … Read More

Google’s Chrome browser improves safety notices

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Whether you’re running Norman Security Suite on your computer or not, it’s important to remember that anti-virus software isn’t the only way to protect your computer from security threats. For example, keeping your other software up-to-date is a great way to close security holes and prevent malware from infecting your … Read More

Securing your browser: Firefox

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A few weeks ago we looked at what a browser was, and if you are Internet Explorer, how to make it more secure: http://blogs.norman.com/2014/for-consumption/securing-your-browser-internet-explorer This week we’ve turned our attention to Firefox users, with just two simple tips to help secure a well-defended browser. The non-profit corporation Mozilla created Firefox … Read More

In the News – wifi light bulb and car anti-malware

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In the News – July 2014 Kristian A. Bognaes, Director, Norman Safeground Development Center – One would think that as the summer heat is upon us, things would quiet down a little in the computer security field. Not so – as it turns out, it is business as usual. The … Read More

Why should I sign-out of my accounts?

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People are always advised to sign-out of any online accounts when they’re finished with them, but why? After all, it’s more convenient to leave yourself signed in and get instant access to your online presence. The advice “always sign out” comes from a time when most people shared personal computers. … Read More

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Securing your browser: Internet Explorer

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Your internet browser is the program on your computer that lets you access the internet. If you open Google, Gmail or any other website, you’re using a web browser. Internet Explorer is one of the most famous browsers (although no longer the most used) because it has historically been bundled … Read More

How do I keep my family safe online?

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If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that your family are either regularly using the internet already, or will do in the future. After all, can you imagine a future for your children without the internet? Unlike the rest of the perils our families may face, the internet is an … Read More

World Cup Malware: Lessons from worldwide events

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If Newton was alive today – and was a computer security expert – he might suggest that for every large, worldwide event, there’s an equal and opposite malware campaign launched by ambitious criminals. This World Cup was no exception. While the world’s greatest footballers were competing in Brazil, some of … Read More

 

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