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Free content filtering for your kids and family

Free content filtering for your kids and family

I have been on a mission for quite a long time now to find a reliable parental control solution and content filtering solution and created a detailed post on the subject a few years ago. I have tried all kinds of software, most of which has been lacklustre or simply unreliable as it will randomly stop working (Microsoft Family Safety, Bitdefender Parental Controls) or simply doesn't do what it claims and gives you a false sense of security (Qustodio). Avoid iPhones Many parents cannot afford...

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Are you sharing sentitive data & passwords on freelancer websites?

Are you sharing sentitive data & passwords on freelancer websites?

As a freelancer/consultant I use freelancer sites like PeoplePerHour or upwork to get gigs. One of the issues evident in every job I have done is the disregard for security. Most IT or web related jobs done on PPH are going to involve the exchange of sensitive data, which is required in order to do the job. Clients will gladly share everything with multiple freelancers without a second thought, including their logins for control panels, hosting accounts, domain registrars, website and...

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Adult Website Blackmail Scam

Adult Website Blackmail Scam

This week I have started receiving a new blackmail/scam email which seems to be doing the rounds This scam works on the premise that the recipient of the email has been visiting porn websites such as xvideos or pornhub, which of course is most of the male population, and the blackmailer then tells you that he installed malware on your computer via the website and has recorded a video of you spanking your monkey, which he will share with all your contacts if you do not pay the ransom. Firstly,...

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Tech support scams on the rise

Tech support scams on the rise

A typical technical support scam works like this: 1. A user receives a phone call, claiming to come from Microsoft or your ISP, claiming that a security problem has been found on their network or computer. One trick fraudster may use to gain a less technically savvy user’s confidence by tricking them into looking for error messages in Windows Event Viewer’s logs. In fact, such entries are completely harmless and should not be considered evidence of a malware infection. 2. The scammer tricks...

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Hacked Websites Report 2017

Hacked Websites Report 2017

The Hacked Website Trend report is a report produced by Sucuri. It summarizes the latest trends by bad actors, identifying the latest tactics, techniques, and rules (TTPs) seen by the Remediation Group (RG). This report will build on the data from the previous quarters, including updated data for 2017. The one constant you’ll find in this report is the issues pertaining to poorly managed or unmanaged websites. This report will give trends based on the CMS applications most affected by...

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Qustodio Review

Qustodio Review

  Qustodio seems like a popular choice for many parents due to marketing and the endless amounts of affiliate clickbait reviews.  Read my "honest" Qustodio review to find why you should NOT be using Qustodio for your parental controls. If your kids have multiple devices on different OS's (Apple, Android, Amazon, Windows, Mac, Linux), then parental control can be a real nightmare, as most apps are not available on all platforms.  For desktop security, I was using Microsoft Family Safety...

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Are you GDPR compliant?

Are you GDPR compliant?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on 25th May 2018, so there is not much time left to take the appropriate steps to achieve GDPR compliance and review what you still need to do. Does the GDPR apply to me? The Regulation is huge in scope, unifying data protection laws across the EU. Its scale has led to many companies presuming that it only applies to companies that process large volumes of personal data. However, depending on a handful of factors, no matter what...

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Hit by ransomware? This free decryption tool for might help

Hit by ransomware? This free decryption tool for might help

Victims of one the newest - and most unusual - families of ransomware could now be able to recover their files without giving into the demands of criminals because decryption tools have been released for free. A GandCrab ransomware decryption tool has been released as part of the No More Ransom initiative, following a joint operation by Bitdefender, the Romanian Police, the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and Europol. GandGrab first appeared in January and...

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The dangers of using public WiFi

The dangers of using public WiFi

How often do you use public WiFi? Are you aware of the dangers of using public WifI? Do you know how to protect yourself from harm? These are some of the questions that I will answer in this post, so if you or your kids are not currently securing your mobile devices, keep reading. The Dangers Of Using Public WiFi Everyone has several points during their day when they find themselves somewhere in public, and they just happen to catch a break. In those times, most people will simply take out...

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WordPress auto updates broken

WordPress auto updates broken

In an unfortunate turn of events, WordPress 4.9.3 was released earlier this week and it included a bug which broke WordPress auto-update. Millions of sites auto-updated from 4.9.2 to WordPress 4.9.3 and it broke their ability to auto-update in the future. What Broke? WordPress 4.9.3 included a bug that causes a fatal PHP error when WordPress tries to update itself. This interrupts the auto-update process and leaves the site on 4.9.3 forever. The core developers tried to reduce the number of...

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