I Just Bought An Android Smartphone Do I Need An Antivirus?

A question I am asked all the time is , I have just bought an Android smartphone do I need an antivirus , and my answer is generally , no. The Android operating system is safe as long as you follow the basic rules of : Only getting apps from the Google Play Store – this is the default now Keep the operating system up to date – don’t ignore those updates when they pop up on the screen  Stay away from the ” too good to be true ” websites – free movies , music etc If you still feel that this is too hard then install Lookout which does a good job and does not take over your device. Stay clear of the Windows based antivirus solutions.

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Is Someone Else Using My Facebook Acccount ?

I am constantly seeing people on Facebook claiming that their account has been ” hacked”. So how do you know if someone else is accessing your Facebook account , as well as you ? Go to your Facebook page  Open Settings Go to Security Then have a look at ” Where You Are Logged In “ If you see one that is not you , use – End Activity  If someone else has been using your account it might not be a bad idea to change your password and turn on 2 factor authentication by giving Facebook your mobile phone number.

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Are There Dangers To Installing Old Software

You may have an old copy of Microsoft Office lying around that you suddenly decide to install on your new Windows 10 computer and wonder if there will be any issues. Will if support has ended there can be with security being the big issue as opening Office files with an old copy of Office can leave you vulnerable to virus / malware issues. Will your antivirus be able to save you in this case ? No , as most run as an administrator you are actually giving permission for the virus / malware to run. There is also the compatibility issues when trying to open new versions of files.

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What Does Google Know About You ?

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Passwords – Do Not Share And Make Sure You Choose Wisely

Passwords are, for many , the weakest link in their security chain. Whether it is your online accounts , banking , or logging into your computer , your password needs to be good. Names that are visible should be avoided at all costs : for example –  richard2015 is a terrible password that will be broken very quickly. However 20Richa15rd is an improvement. Make sure you know your password , use a password manager such as Last Pass  If 2 factor authentication is available make sure you use it , something you know (your password) and something you have ( the code sent to your mobile phone number ). DO NOT SHARE your password – it is yours – many could learn from this Seinfeld Episode  “A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and imposters. Never give out your password to anyone.* Never give it to friends,… Read More

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Have Your Details Been Leaked Onto The Internet – Learn A Language

Do you want to know if your email address or details have been compromised in a data breach on the internet. Then go to Have I Been Pwned  Enter your user name and your email address and you will get a result  Learn A Language Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;}Duolingo When you would like to learn another language German , Italian , Portuguese , Dutch , Danish , Swedish , French , Spanish This site is free The exercises cover reading, writing, listening, and speaking, although you can optionally turn off the speaking exercises if you’re in a place where talking out loud in a language you don’t speak might be embarrassing. Speaking here means talking into a voice-recognition system. Duolingo… Read More

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Embrace The Cloud – But Follow The Rules

Lets Put The Celebrity Photo “ hack “ Into Perspective Many media outlets blamed Apple and iCloud however it has been reported that the photos that were put on the internet came from Apple devices , Android devices and webcams.This was a targeted attack on the celebrities. So how did they do this? Email account – email address they found this out They knew the answers to the security questions used on these accounts – mothers name , favourite car , first job are not hard to find out  Weak password that was used on multiple accounts They could have clicked links in emails giving them access to their computers  Lets not confuse iCloud and “ the cloud The cloud is storing information and data at a separate location that you access via an internet connection. There are very few people that have not used the cloud whether you are… Read More

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