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Nov 19th 2013

Internet Security's 10 Year Journey from the Dial-up

Over ten years ago, most internet users had to wait for their connection. Mobile devices were not common and the full potential of Wi-Fi was nowhere near its present capacity. Instead, computers were physically connected to the modem through landline telephone connections. In 2002, only 13 percent of internet users used the faster broadband connection through cable and telephone services. Once, clicking on the Explorer icon (in 2002 over 95 percent of internet users connected through Explorer), the computer and telephone provider "shook hands" and made a sound similar to pots and pans being eased through a blender. After all that, the internet was at a user's fingertips, one slow downloaded page at a time.

Oct 23rd 2013

What Is a VPN?

A virtual private network, often called a VPN, is software that builds an "encrypted tunnel" to secure your online data across the Internet. So when you use a VPN, your data passes through this tunnel and is protected from anyone who tries to intercept it. This helps ensure that no hacker or online crook can read, steal, or modify any information being transmitted.

Oct 9th 2013

Cyber Security Now and Beyond

Unless something catastrophic happens in the next 10 years, there is little doubt that the internet will be prominent in the lives of a majority of Earth's citizens. In the present, the ability to communicate to anywhere in the world is becoming ever closer to instantaneous. According to an Internet World Stats study, China has the most internet users with over 538 million users; the continent of Asia has over 1 billion individuals with access to the internet. The United States is the second most connected country with over 245 million internet users. The numbers of global internet users will only increase over the next 10 years within the United States and abroad. These users will become more comfortable with technology than previous generations. A 2010 Pew study found that 75 percent of Millennials (teenagers and people in their twenties) have a profile on a social networking site and 20 percent have posted a video on the internet.

Sep 18th 2013

Lily Collins, 2013's Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity

Lily Collins, star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, has replaced Emma Watson as McAfee's 2013 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity. With the report now in its seventh year, McAfee researched Lily is joined at the top by pop music star Avril Lavigne and Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock, who came in as numbers two and three, respectively. Jon Hamm is the only "mad" man to crack the top ten.