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Russian Hackers Collect 1.2 Billion Passwords!

‚ÄčThere has been another breach! According to the New York Times, 1.2 billion usernames and passwords have been stolen by a Russian gang. Security researchers have suggested that it is now the LARGEST known collection of stolen Internet credentials. Not only were usernames and passwords stolen, but

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What is a Firewall? How to Choose one for Your PC

Even a novice baseball fan knows that you don't pitch a hardball in a softball game. Unfortunately, the rules of network and personal computer security aren't quite so well known. Exhibit A: Hardware vs. software firewalls. When properly configured, both security solutions shield users from

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How to Tighten Your Browser's Security

One of the most basic ways to protect your computer from potentially harmful online content or malicious software that can be installed without your knowledge or permission is easy, fast and free. How? Just make sure your browser's security settings are set at the appropriate level. But even if

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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

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