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Search Module by Goobzo is a potentially unwanted web browser extension that is ad-supported.  Similarly to other hijackers, Search Module has ability to change homepage, default search engine and new tab page. Once Search Module is successfully installed, it changes Windows host file, DNS settings as well as registry entries. You will notice that your PC performance becomes much slower than it was before.


AppGraffiti is a web browser add-on that promises to enhance a user’s social networking experience within social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter by enabling themed backgrounds and other customizations. 


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.


SnapMyScreen is a firefox toolbar application that claims to enhance a user’s web browsing experience while giving you the ability to take screenshots. While this program may seem useful at first glance, it collects data a user may consider to be private, such as information about your internet browsing habits. It then sends this information to Mindspark, which in turn suggests services and displays sponsored adverts via the toolbar.


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.


According to Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2015 Identity Fraud Study, 12.7 million people were victims of identity theft last year, at a cost of $16 billion. It’s tax season and criminals sees this as another opportunity to take advantage of your personal information. Don’t become the next victim.


Spring has finally sprung! We're slowly getting the warmer weather and leaving behind the bitter cold winter. With that, the necessary task of spring cleaning comes along too. This year, in addition to tidying your home, consider tidying your trusted computers too!

Here are some maintenance tasks you should consider for your computer to kick off spring cleaning so that you are set to use the Internet swiftly and securely in the months ahead.


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.


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.