Posts Tagged ‘online security’

Easily Control and Prevent Website Tracking

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no-script When our stomachs digest food, some complicated processes are happening inside our bodies. When we run programs on our computers, millions of logical operations are happening in the CPU. Likewise, when we browse websites, many processes, about which we may not even have a clue, are happening behind the scenes. For example, when you go to a website, it may assign your browser a “cookie” or two, detect your location, system language, your screen resolution, and perform many other necessary and unnecessary things. Many of these sorts of functions are done using scripts.

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How to Detect Websites Participating in PRISM

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You might have heard of the NSA surveillance program called the PRISM, the existence of which had been hidden from the public since inception. The PRISM was unveiled by Edward Snowden, the famous former NSA contractor who has showed the world the scale and the magnitude by which the USA government is involved in spying, not only on its citizens, but on citizens of many other counties as well. In essence, PRISM is a data-monitoring project that includes numerous big corporations’ servers, such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, AOL, and even Dropbox. These are some of the websites which have shared, and are probably continuing to do so, your information with the NSA.

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How to Use Online Banking Really Safely, Part II

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In the first part of this article we discussed the threats and the techniques that malevolent hackers, computer virus writers, spammers, and other criminal elements of the online world employed in order to gain access to bank accounts, credit cards, email accounts, and even identities of unsuspecting people. In the second part we will find out how to access online banking and other important accounts really safely.

One might argue that in order to protect yourself online sufficiently well, you’ve got to be really computer-savvy, if not an IT professional. However, it is not really so – maybe you’ll not completely protect your computer from all kinds of threats, at least you can ensure that your data are accessed only by those who you authorize, and that you have more piece of mind and sleep just a little better at night.

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How to Use Internet Banking Really Safely, Part I

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mouse_on_hookIt is not a secret that the hunger for other people’s valuable data is still increasing, despite the many steps taken by software vendors and banks to tighten online security. The hunt for access data from online banking accounts began shortly after banks started offering the convenience of online access to their clientele. Back in those days it was relatively easy for a malicious hacker to get into someone else’s bank account, see its balance, and perform banking operations, such as outbound transfers. For example, hackers used numerous vulnerabilities in Windows XP, which didn’t even have an embedded software firewall to begin with. To exploit those vulnerabilities, a malefactor used so called “exploits” which were pieces of code inserted into an innocent-looking webpage. Then the hacker would send enticing spam email messages luring to the webpage containing the malicious exploit code.

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