Month: June 2017

Identity Theft: The dangers of charging stations

Your smartphone can be easily hacked easily if you plug it in to charge via USB at a public place like an airport, cafe or on public transport. Researchers at security firm Kaspersky Labs found that they could install a third-party application, like a virus, onto the phone via its USB cable connection to a computer. It took them under three minutes. They also found that the Android and iOS phones tested leaked a host of private data to the computer they were connected to whilst charging, including the device name, device manufacturer, device type, serial number and even...

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What do Malware, Spam, Phishing and all these “technical” terms mean?

Malware: Is a general term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software. The term “malware” is a compound word from two other words “Malicious” and  “software” and describes software created by hackers to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, adware, most rootkits, and other malicious programs. Some forms of malicious software are: Spyware is a type of malware installed on computers that collects information about users without their knowledge. The presence of spyware is typically hidden from...

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