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December 2012

Five tips to stay safer using Wi-Fi in public places

Want to be safer online using your laptop or tablet when using public Wi-Fi? You can. Here are our five essential tips. 1 First, if you are not going to use the Internet it’s a good idea to turn off Wi-Fi connectivity completely on your laptop, smartphone or tablet. You are then guaranteed that your

Top ten tips for safer online gaming

Online gaming is great fun but it does bring together large numbers of online strangers, most of whom want just to play but some can pose a threat. Here’s our 10 top tips for staying safe when playing on consoles and PCs.

Think before you take that old computer to the city dump

We tend to replace our computers more often these days but how do you ensure that you don’t give away your data when you pass on that old desktop or laptop? Here are our top tips for safer computer disposal.  Back up your data Before you do anything with your existing PC or laptop, ensure

A Load of (Red) Bull

A hoax/chain message claiming that a well-known energy drink poses a serious threat to health, is now spreading on Facebook.

How to keep your children safer online

Do you know what your kids get up to online? They probably know more about technology than you do but they are still children and need protecting. Here are our top tips to ensure they remain safer. 1 Educate your children Children and young people spend huge amounts of time online and may not be

Securing Your Holiday Tech Gifts, Part 1: Windows PC Guide

[UPDATE #1:  (21 Dec 2012, 5:30PM) ESET Researcher Cameron Camp has just published the second part of this series on securing your Android device.  Read it here on the ESET Threat Blog at Securing Your Holiday Tech Gifts, Part 2: Android Guide.  AG] December is upon us, and whether you have a Christmas tree, menorah,

Advanced Heuristics

When something in your vicinity happens, you know right away if it is good or right. When the traffic light on a busy road is red, you know not to cross and when it is green you can cross, but still be looking around to see if it is safe. With different instances that are

How to secure your home Wi-Fi network

Most people now use a wi-fi network to access the internet around the home. However an unsecured network could let your neighbor’s piggyback on your broadband or worse, let hackers snoop on your activities. Luckily it’s not that difficult to harden the security of your home network. Here’s a quick step-by-step. 1 Check the router

Trends for 2013: astounding growth of mobile malware

In 2012 the number of unique detections of malware for Android increased globally by a factor of 17X (yes, that is 1,700%), and we expect the increase in 2013 to be even greater. This is one of the main predictions in the white paper we are releasing today: "Trends for 2013: astounding growth of mobile

Are your USB flash drives an infectious malware delivery system?

USB flash drives continue to present a serious challenge to information security, for consumers and companies alike. You will be aware of this if you read our recent article on the Win32/Pronny worm, just one example of a piece of malicious software that is “in the wild” and actively seeking to spread via USB flash

Diamonds are forever, and so are investment scams

Tempted to invest in colour diamonds or collectible bottles of wine? That irresistible offer could be a boiler room scam.

Maryam Abacha rides again: yes, Virginia, there IS a Sani-ty Clause!*

419 (Advance Fee Fraud) scams aren’t amusing to the victim, but the chutzpah of a dictator’s wife claiming her $700m Swiss bankroll back is worth a chortle.

How to protect your small business

Cyber criminals undoubtedly attack big businesses but smaller businesses are vulnerable too and often fail to take basic steps to protect themselves. Here’s our top tips to help keep your small business secure.

My Little Pronny: Autorun worms continue to turn

Malware activity exploiting Autorun on Windows computers has been generating quite a few calls to ESET support lines lately, reminding us that old infection techniques seldom die and USB flash drives can still be an effective means of getting malicious code onto a computer. USB drives can be used to infect computers that automatically execute

How to secure your Facebook profile

Amazingly one seventh of the world’s population is now on Facebook. That’s a lot of people. Sadly, some of those are out to steal your data from your profile if they can. Here’s how to adjust your Facebook settings to help protect your data on Facebook and stay safe. 1 Don’t give too much away… Be

Why Anti-Virus is not a waste of money

It has happened before, it just happened again and it will happen in the future. It is inevitable! Some company that needs to get some press coverage or public visibility will release yet another statement on how worthless Anti-Virus is, based on its own dysfunctional test. For this “test”, they used the VirusTotal service. VirusTotal

Password handling: challenges, costs, and current behavior (now with infographic)

Online passwords are a pain, and not just when you have to type them to access your online bank account or shop at your favorite digital emporium. Password pain extends to the people who have to manage them. A few weeks ago we shared some initial findings from a recent poll of 2,129 U.S. adults

Spying on Tibetan sympathisers and activists: Double Dockster*

Does the expression 'In the Wild' still mean anything today? Well yes, in the sense of something that is 'out there' threatening real-world systems. But things move a lot faster these days than they did in the 90s and later, fastburning mass-mailers notwithstanding. Just a few days ago (on the 30th of November, to be

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