10 Ways to Stay Safe and Savvy

Life is unpredictable. Nearly 1 out of 3 people have had the miserable experience of losing a mobile phone. Close to 40% of all computer users have lost some sort of irreplaceable content on their PCs.

But who wants to think about worst case scenario all the time? That’s why Safe and Savvy focuses on what you need to know to avoid the downsides of living in an online world.

Here’s a quick look back at some favorite posts from the last few months. Take a look and let us know what you want to see more of on this blog.

Avoiding online threats
How to create and remember strong passwords

Be sure to check out Annika’s simple system for making sure your accounts are protected.

Confounding that spying webcam: Low-tech tips for peace of mind
You’ll never have to worry about your computer’s cam spying on you if you follow Alia’s low-tech tips.

No, we don’t have guests, these shoes are mine
If shopping for your shoes is your passion, Sandra understands. Here are her tips for safer (shoe) shopping.

How I got tricked into downloading a virus
Hetta was the victim of social engineering, and she wants to make sure it never happens to you.

Vampires on the threshold
Are computer viruses like vampires? Or are they even worse! Melody-Jane explains.

Safer social networking
Until social media do us part

Gia explains how the intimacy of social networks can complicate our relationships.

Look busy! 5 rules for social networking at work
Social media can be a powerful tool for business. Here’s what you need to know if you log in at work.

The Golden Rule of Social Media Security
Here’s one rule that you need to remember whether you’re Facebook, Twittering or LinkingIn:  links are not your friend.

Cyberlaws and punishment
Don’t do it – not even in a virtual world

What happens when the online gaming character you’ve been building for years gets stolen? Marja found out.

How much privacy should you expect at work?
You can’t expect much privacy at work in the United States, but the European Union is another story…
Cheers,

Jason

Image credit: Jim  Kuhn

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Why your Apple Watch will probably never be infected by malware

On Tuesday Apple announced its latest iPhone models and a new piece of wearable technology some have been anxiously waiting for -- Apple Watch. TechRadar describes the latest innovation from Cupertino as "An iOS 8-friendly watch that plays nice with your iPhone." And if it works like your iPhone, you can expect that it will free of all mobile malware threats, unless you decide to "jailbreak" it. The latest F-Secure Labs Threat Report clears up one big misconception about iOS malware: It does exist, barely. In the first half of 2014, 295 new families and variants or mobile malware were discovered – 294 on Android and one on iOS.  iPhone users can face phishing scams and Wi-Fi hijacking, which is why we created our Freedome VPN, but the threat of getting a bad app on your iOS device is almost non-existent. "Unlike Android, malware on iOS have so far only been effective against jailbroken devices, making the jailbreak tools created by various hacker outfits (and which usually work by exploiting undocumented bugs in the platform) of interest to security researchers," the report explains. The iOS threat that was found earlier this year, Unflod Baby Panda, was designed to listen to outgoing SSL connections in order to steal the device’s Apple ID and password details. Apple ID and passwords have been in the news recently as they may have played a role in a series of hacks of celebrity iCloud accounts that led to the posting of dozens of private photos. Our Mikko Hypponen explained in our latest Threat Report Webinar that many users have been using these accounts for years, mostly to purchase items in the iTunes store, without realizing how much data they were actually protecting. But Unflod Baby Panda is very unlikely to have played any role in the celebrity hacks, as "jailbreaking" a device is still very rare. Few users know about the hack that gives up the protection of the "closed garden" approach of the iOS app store, which has been incredibly successful in keeping malware off the platform, especially compared to the more open Android landscape. The official Play store has seen some infiltration by bad apps, adware and spamware -- as has the iOS app store to a far lesser degree -- but the majority of Android threats come from third-party marketplaces, which is why F-Secure Labs recommends you avoid them. The vast majority of iPhone owners have never had to worry about malware -- and if the Apple Watch employs the some tight restrictions on apps, the device will likely be free of security concerns. However, having a watch with the power of a smartphone attached to your body nearly twenty-four hours a day promises to introduce privacy questions few have ever considered.    

Sep 9, 2014
BY Jason
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