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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

Why should I sign-out of my accounts?

sign out

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

Internet Explorer 11

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

6 questions about online backups answered

Backup

Before computers, you never really had to “backup” anything. You photocopied documents, your made new prints of photos, you made copies of videos. In our digital age, however, if you want to make any files secure, you have to have a “backup”. The best way to make these secure copies … Read More

What should I backup? Tips for protecting your important files (Windows edition)

Backup

There’s so much data inside your computer that it can be hard to decide which parts that you need to backup – and how often. Don’t panic, however, as we’ve put together a rough guide for what you should backup, and how much space it’ll take up. Backing-up in Windows … Read More

In the News – Smart TVs, electronic signs and Fitness apps

Kristian Bognaes

In the News – June 2014 Kristian A. Bognaes, Director, Norman Safeground Development Center – The month of June brought a couple of interesting stories that relate to hardware security from new angles. In addition, a very timely news item touching on privacy caught my eye – read on. Smart … Read More

Importing a smartphone? Beware of viruses

star-n9500

Buying a cheap Android phone online might seem like a good deal, but if you don’t know who the manufacturer is, you might be getting more than you bargained for. That’s certainly true for people who purchased the Star N9500 from Amazon or eBay: an Android phone packed with pre-installed … Read More

British users: less than two weeks of safety, warns the FBI

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British computer users have been warned that they have less than two weeks to defend their computers from a virus designed to extort money from them. The two-week window was announced after the FBI took control of computer systems used to control malware that has been stealing user’s details – … Read More

Is your webcam spying on you?

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Does your computer have a webcam? If so, did you know that it could be spying on you? A popular malware named “Blackshades” has made over 700,000 people’s webcams in over 100 countries accessible to hackers. That means that criminals can remotely access your camera to record what it sees … Read More

 

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