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Comic-Con 2014: Eight super-powered digital safety tips

Over the past few years, Comic-Con has had over 130,000 attendees, and those attendees tend to be very digitally literate – so that means we will probably see double that number of connected devices – laptops, tablets, smartphones and perhaps even tricorders.

World Cup scams: team tactics to keep you safe

With the World Cup in Brazil poised to begin, the whole world is watching – and that includes cybercriminals. Here’s the latest on scam sites, phishing and how to enjoy surfing safely during the competition.

Android malware: how to keep your device safe from filecoders (and everything else)

When ESET researchers analyzed the first Android ransomware controlled via Tor, it showed how quickly Android malware is evolving to match its PC cousins. Thankfully, sensible use of your device should help keep you safe.

Router attacks: Five simple tips to lock criminals out

Cybercriminals always look for the weakest link when planning their attacks – and failings in home routers can allow another “way in”. A few simple adjustments will keep yours safe.

The perfect job? Dream on! Five signs a job offer is a scam

Job scams are a permanent fixture in cyberspace. Anyone who has posted their resume online has offered cyber gangs two crucial pieces of information – one, a way to contact them, and two, the fact they’re in need of a job.

Five tips to help control your privacy on Mac OS X

Apple’s Mac OS X Mavericks has some very neat privacy features built in – from a “Guest User” account which restricts people to using Safari when borrowing your Mac to a panel which prevents apps using your location.

Five ‘new friends’ to avoid like the plague on social networks

Befriending the wrong person on Facebook can hand a criminal the tools for an identity theft attack – and on LinkedIn, talking to the wrong ‘recruiter’ can lead to disaster.

Smells phishy? New email scams – and why smartphone users need to stay alert

Phishing is unique among cyber attacks – it doesn’t rely on weaknesses in computer software, or new vulnerabilities – it relies, initially at least, on human gullibility. Our guide offers advice on how to avoid the latest scams – and why tablet and smartphone users need to stay alert.

Make it stop! How to cleanse your PC of unwanted adware (and ‘badware’)

‘Adware’, software which delivers unwanted adverts, isn’t as scary as some malware, but ESET’s analysis of Win32/Boaxxe shows that ‘malicious’ adware is becoming increasingly hi-tech and stealthy. Our guide will help you clean your machine – and see fewer unwanted ads.

When it just doesn’t click: How to date online without being scammed

Few things are sacred to today’ cybercriminals – and true love certainly isn’t one of them. Dating scams are a fast-growing area of cybercrime – rising by a third year-on-year in some countries, and ranging from fraud, to identity theft to malware attacks. Here’s how to stay safe.

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.

Safer cyber-shopping! 12 tips for a happier Holiday Season

Don’t let cybercriminals spoil your holidays! Our tips will ensure you don’t get fooled by the latest scams while you hunt down the best deals for your family.

When big sites spring a leak: What to do when breaches put your ID at risk

When Adobe admitted 38 million user IDs had leaked from its system this week, it was one of a long line of companies to fall victim to such data breaches. Most companies react fast – and offer good advice – but our guide adds a few extra safeguards if your ID is put at risk.

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.

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.

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…

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