Helping you balance your online life

AOL Digital Matters - Computer Security Posts

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


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


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


Most Toxic SuperHeroes

Wonder Twin powers activate! Shape of a Pterodactyl! Form of an icicle! Watching the Super Friends on Saturday mornings in my pjs while eating sugared cereal for breakfast and reading comic books was the extent of my relationship with super heroes. Ahh... those were much simpler times.