Tag Archives: Security

Using Zoom while working from home? Here are the privacy risks to watch out for

by Rae Hodge, c|net

Don’t let tattle-tale software features disrupt your remote workflow.

Now that you’ve finished choosing your custom Zoom background, mercifully sparing your fellow workers-from-home the sight of a growing pile of gym socks behind your desk, you might think you’ve got a handle on the conference call software du jour. Unfortunately, there are a few other data security considerations to make if you want to hide your dirty laundry. 

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Working from home makes you vulnerable to hackers. Here’s how to stay safe

by Laura Hautala, c|net

Now’s the time for good tech hygiene, too.

Working at home can leave you open to hackers, even in normal times, and these aren’t normal times. With millions of people in the US under orders to stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, many more people are now working in their personal space, sometimes on their personal computers or phones. That makes a much wider target for hackers, cybersecurity experts say.

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Microsoft says hackers are attacking Windows users with a new unpatched bug

by Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch

Microsoft  says attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed security vulnerability found in all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

But the software giant said there is currently no patch for the vulnerability.

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COVID-19 Scams Are Everywhere Right Now. Here’s How to Protect Yourself

by Patrick Lucas Austin , TIME

As the world struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, people are scrambling to find trustworthy information about the spread of the disease, how they can protect themselves, how they can get tested, and more.

Unfortunately, the spammers and scammers of the world are using the situation to take advantage of people, many of whom may be more vulnerable to their nefarious efforts than usual during these uncertain times. A handful of government agencies and other groups are stepping in to fight off the scammers. But there are still some steps you can take to avoid getting duped.

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Your VPN or ad-blocker app could be collecting your data

by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

The underpinnings of how app store analytics platforms operate were exposed this week by BuzzFeed, which uncovered the network of mobile apps used by popular analytics firm Sensor Tower to amass app data. The company had operated at least 20 apps, including VPNs and ad blockers, whose main purpose was to collect app usage data from end users in order to make estimations about app trends and revenues. Unfortunately, these sorts of data collection apps are not new — nor unique to Sensor Tower’s  operation.

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