Update: Additional informational reveals that the attack could affect as many as 14 million US government employee files. 


The day is finally almost over and all you want to do is tune out, lie on your couch, check Facebook and maybe watch a funny cat video on YouTube. With your laptop in hand, you open up your browser and find your plans are rudely interrupted by a notification asking you to update Internet Explorer. So like most people, you follow the prompts, execute an update and continue on about your business. 


2014 was certainly not a great year for cyber security. We saw high-end data breaches of large companies such as Ebay, Target, Sony, Home Depot and JP Morgan to name a few. Millions of data, personal records and financial information were stolen and sold on the black market in a matter of days. 

Criminals are certainly stepping up their game and data breaches are becoming both common and devastating. To see the enormity of data breaches in the past years, Information is Beautiful has compiled a great interactive visual that includes all of the major hacks dating back from 2004 until today.


Online shopping provides a sense of convenience for everyone. The fact that we are able to buy goods online without having to physically go out to a store is definitely one of the main appeal for many consumers.


The software we use on our computers is in regular need of attention. Like a racing car needing to find the optimum performance or a pair of socks in the ‘make do and mend’ post-war days, your software must be patched up on a regular basis to keep it fit for use. 


We want to share with you the results of our 2015 Cyberbullying and Online Safety Study. We surveyed more than 200 students aged 10 to 18 on their experiences with cyberbullying, as well as their online safety habits, including parental controls.

As cyberbullying remains a present and growing threat to today’s constantly-connected children and teenagers, Lavasoft conducted this survey to gain insight into the online safety factors that play a potential role in cyberbullying.


2014 was publicly regarded as "The Year of Breaches". With major data breaches involving major companies including Target, Home Depot, eBay and JP Morgan, this year is a good time to reflect and have a clear overview on what happened last year to motivate us to be more vigilant.


WHAT IS BACKUP?

According to Wikipedia, a backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying and archiving of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.

In simpler form, a backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails.

Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.


Fraud Prevention Month is an annual public awareness campaign held in March that works to prevent Canadians from becoming victims of fraud by helping them "Recognize it. Report it. Stop it."

Even though this effort is focused only to Canadians, we feel that it’s important to share the information with our friends from all over the world. It doesn’t matter where we are, we should always be cautious with any forms of fraud.

Scam artists use various tactics every year to try to steal your money and your personal information and they are certainly getting smarter every day.