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Cash – or crash? Tips and tricks for using Bitcoin safely

Despite the heists against Bitcoin sites, plus high-profile law-enforcement actions against ‘dark market’ sites such as Silk Road, which conducted transactions in Bitcoin, the currency is soaring. We asked ESET experts, and finance advisors, for tips on how to stay safe.

How do we protect kids from online predators?

The Internet is a vast source of information for all of us, and naturally some people use that information for good, and some for ill, like grooming and stalking children. So what things can you as a parent, teacher, or other concerned adult do to protect kids against online predators and solicitation?

Don’t pay up! How to avoid ransomware threats – and how to fight back

Ransomware can be among the most frightening forms of malware – suddenly, your screen is replaced by a message from the police, demanding money, or a message saying your files are lost unless you pay a ransom to unlock them. Our tips will help you fight back.

Clean up, speed up: How to make your PC run faster

On average, Windows PC users spend five days a year waiting for their machines to load – and the culprit for slow machines isn’t always malware. Here are a few tips to restore your grumbling old PC to top speed.

Five bad PC habits many of us STILL have – and how to stop today

Tiny things such as using an admin account on your PC when you don’t need to can give cybercriminals their “way in”. Thankfully, a few simple changes can make you safer – wherever you browse, and whatever you do.

BYO-Doh! How not to be the “bring your own disaster” guy

Many workplaces allow wokers to bring their own smartphones, tablets and PCs to work – a practise described as “Bring Your Own Disaster” by IT wags for years. Disasters, of course, DO happen – our tips should help you avoid being the guy who brings one.

Live fast, die old: Pro browsing tips to enjoy the Web at full speed (and safely too)

Malware, phishing and ID thieves are everywhere – but you don’t have to be paranoid, or hang back, or stop yourself enjoying the best the web has to offer. Our tips should help you browse with confidence.

Remote Desktop (RDP) Hacking 101: I can see your desktop from here!

With malicious remote access attacks of the rise it is time to check your computer’s RDP configuration and apply restrictions, like turning it off, limiting users,and applying strong passwords.

A scam-spotters guide: Ten things your bank will NEVER do – but cybercriminals will

These days cybercriminals will use phone calls, SMS messages, emails, fake apps – and even couriers – in an effort to get your money. The key to staying safe is to recognize behavior that isn’t quite “right” – and catch phishers and fraudsters in the act.

Encryption advice for companies in the wake of Snowden NSA revelations

What are the immediate practical implications of the Snowden-prompted revelation that the NSA has broken or circumvented a lot of commercially available encryption? For a start, you should not stop using encryption, but you may want to review how you use it moving forward, Stephen Cobb explains.

Comment/No Comment: a word about blog comments

After taking quite a long break from comment moderation on the WeLiveSecurity blog, I’ve recently started receiving comment notifications and have therefore been able to moderate some of the comments that have I’ve seen, and I thought it was worth passing on some thoughts about the moderation process as I see it. I should make

In a rush? Five two-minute tips to make yourself more secure right now

Performing a “cyber spring clean” can be time-consuming – but many of us have a few weaknesses we can tighten up in two minutes or less. Here are a few “instant fixes” for problems you might have overlooked…

Big phish, small pond: How to stay safe from SMS phishing scams

Phishing emails are a sad fact of life, and most of us are used to dealing with them – but cybercriminals are increasingly turning to SMS to reel in their victims. Our tips should help you avoid clicking something you’ll regret.

How to keep children safe online (without looking over their shoulders all day)

Children come into contact with the internet at a very young age these days – a survey on a parenting site this year said that one in eight children go online before the age of two. Our tips will help keep youngsters safe – and help them enjoy the internet.

Justin Bieber’s AMAZING diet: Five social posts you should never click

Most of us have faced cyber attacks sent by our best friends – Facebook “offers” they’ve clicked by accident, spamming everyone on their friends list, or Twitter stories they’ve shared without checking.

Don’t get zombified! Security tips for PC gamers

Don’t let your PC end up in someone’s zombie army. Gamers are prime targets for cybercriminals – our tips should help you avoid ending up an infected victim…

Bulletproof Inbox: Tips for staying safe (and sane) on email

Many of us have got wiser to email spams and scams – but cybercriminals are in the perfect position to “fine tune” their attacks. Our tips might help you avoid the “click of death”…

Safe Summer PC Usage – beat the heat and stay secure with your laptop, tablet or smartphone

Beat the heat, find somewhere cool to compute! But first check our tips on how to more safely navigate the mall, lobby, library, coffee shop or wherever you go to chill out with your digital devices.

Avoid “droid rage”: Five tips to keep your Android secure

Many people leave phones and tablets “open” to criminals – both the cyber variety, and the ordinary, non-cyber kind. Our tips should help your handset safe.

Is your new app what it seems? How to spot the latest Android scams

Spotting “bad” apps on Android is not always easy – with cybercriminals finding new tricks every month to fool phone and tablet users into downloading malware.

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