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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.


Think about everything you’ve downloaded to your PC over the past six months. Can you remember each program or file you downloaded, and where that download came from? Most likely not, and even if you can, you may have gotten more than you bargained for – in fact, you may be infected with spyware that can be used for keylogging.


In 2014, close to one billion online records were compromised in 1,922 confirmed incidents, including high profile data breaches such as Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase, Michaels and Neiman Marcus. The compromised records consist of usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and more.


Ad-Aware has been chosen by TechRadar as one of the top five best free anti-spyware in 2015!


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.


We don’t want to unduly excite anyone, but we’re pretty sure we’ve found the secret to happiness, to optimism, and to the ability to look ahead and see only good things on the horizon. And that secret would be: never examine the details of anything.


If you’ve been around a teenager recently, chances are they’ve not been more than an arm’s length away from their cell phone.  They’re talking about their Twitter feed or something they saw online that a friend of a friend sent them.

Cyberbullying, or bullying/teasing online, is becoming a fad that is all too easy with the availability of Internet-ready devices at teens’ fingertips. Cyberbullying can take on many forms and can become toxic quickly.


By Andrew Browne, Malware Labs Director at Lavasoft

As technology and Internet-ready devices continue to become central to our everyday lives, hackers are finding more channels and new ways to gain access to the personal information of unsuspecting targets. From individuals to huge corporations, no one is safe from cybercrime.


How to Remove Mystart.com

by News Editor on February 19th, 2015 in Security Tips.

The MyStart.com is a browser hijacker once installed on your PC, it will set itself to mystart.com as a browser homepage and Yahoo as a default search engine. You can also find DL Secure extension installed to your browser. The main revenue MyStart.com and other similar websites get from sponsored search results, displayed when you browse the web.


How To Remove Binkiland

by News Editor on February 12th, 2015 in Security Tips.

Binkiland is a program that modifies browser homepages to its own. The page offers a general search, bookmarked links as well as adverts about the need to repair your PC, even when that isn’t the case. 


SnapMyScreen is a firefox toolbar application that claims to enhance a user’s web browsing experience while giving you the ability to take screenshots. 


Did you know that February 9th is National Clean Up Your Computer Day? The Institute for Business Technology originally sponsored it several years ago, assigning it to the second Monday in February. It is the time you’re encouraged to give your machine a good scrubbing inside and out.