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    Cyber Security Top Tips for 2016

    Norton pop-up. Might help a few people.

    2015 was a banner year for cybercriminals. We reported on 53 events that made it into the headlines, however that was just what we reported. There were many more than that occurred.

    We took a look at what was trending to try to predict the next “big things” in cyber security to be on the lookout for in 2016.

    Ransomware:
    Ransomware is the big topic this year. The first noticeable case of ransomware popped up in 2013, and hackers have latched on to this tactic, refining it over the years. In 2015 we reported on six major ransomware campaigns, which ranged from Mac to Android. Since ransomware can technically be performed on all device platforms, we expect to see a surge in these campaigns. Whatever happens, do NOT pay the ransom, and be sure to keep regular backups to help defend against these attacks.

    Fake Support Scams:
    We saw increasing reports about tech support scams. Scammers use social engineering tactics in order to try to trick you into downloading malware onto your computer. They can come via a phone call from someone who claims to be from a tech support company stating that they have found a problem on your computer. Internet pop-up ads can also be a source of this scam. They usually display a message stating that the computer is infected and offer a phone number for help with removing the malware. Often, these pop-ups will look like they come from a legitimate source, such as our own Norton products. Just remember, anyone contacting you asking you for money or access to your computer is a red flag.

    You can also get support right through the product itself in three easy steps! All you have to do is:
    Open your copy of Norton, and click ‘Help’ , which will open up the Help Center. Then click the first option under ‘I need help using this product’ and that will take you straight to our official support page.

    Always know that Norton will never call you asking for anything. If you ever need to get support from us, we’re right at your fingertips in four ways: contacting us directly by phone or chat, or contact us via Twitter (link is external) or Facebook (link is external).
    Data Breaches:
    Unfortunately, data breaches are becoming almost as common as malware outbreaks. We reported on 16 events, from large institutions to small. And this isn’t just credit card fraud. Big data is big money for attackers, so they set their sights on companies that tend to hold large amounts of personally identifiable data on their customers, such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and even medical records. It’s easy for a cybercrime victim to report credit card fraud and just get a new number. When it comes to Social Security numbers, you are bound to it for life. And Social Security numbers open the door to all sorts of identity theft.
    You can click here to learn more about what you need to know about data breaches.


    Your Norton Moves With You:
    Once you’re ready on your new device, all you need to do is visit our product download page, sign into your Norton account and just download your Norton to your new device.

    Are you thinking of getting a new operating system like Windows 10? Getting a new device isn’t the only instance where your Norton moves with you. Ensure you have the latest version of your Norton product to make sure Norton stays on your PC when upgrading the operating system and you’re good to go!

    Software Vulnerabilities and Software Updates:
    Major software vulnerabilities hit big in 2015. Attackers heavily rely upon these vulnerabilities, as it is the easiest way to sneak malware into a user’s device unnoticed, with little action on the user’s part. The best way to combat against these attacks is to perform any and all software updates as soon as they are available. Software updates perform a myriad of tasks to the program they are updating, such as patching those security holes attackers exploit, add new features and improve bug fixes. Recently, Microsoft announced their ending of support for Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, 9 and 10. Ending support means the end of software updates, so it is likely that many users may be migrating to the new Windows 10 for access to the new Edge browser.

    Windows 10 and Migration:
    In addition to these hot topics, another one that was of noticeable interest was the Windows 10 release. In 2015, Microsoft offered up its operating system for free for the first time, either for old devices or installing them on new ones. Migration is not as easy as it sounds, but we have outlined steps in order to make the transition a breeze for you.

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    Re: Cyber Security Top Tips for 2016

    Why the fuck are people using Norton still?

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    Re: Cyber Security Top Tips for 2016

    What's wrong with Norton? What are you, an AVG'r? I switched to Norton because it's a little more secure than the free antivirus apps, and I surf a lot of sketchy websites for work, and pleasure.

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    Re: Cyber Security Top Tips for 2016

    Eset Nod32. But really, Windows Defender is fine. It's like a condom. It will protect you as long as you're reasonably careful where you sling your dick.
    "Complaining is the modern metagame" - BNet forums

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    Re: Cyber Security Top Tips for 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by Daxil Solshok View Post
    What's wrong with Norton? What are you, an AVG'r? I switched to Norton because it's a little more secure than the free antivirus apps, and I surf a lot of sketchy websites for work, and pleasure.
    It's a bloated piece of trash from where software goes to die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nadiar View Post
    Eset Nod32.
    My preferred condom for many years now.

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    Re: Cyber Security Top Tips for 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by Nadiar View Post
    Eset Nod32. But really, Windows Defender is fine. It's like a condom. It will protect you as long as you're reasonably careful where you sling your dick.
    My man.



    If every commercial malware "protection" was not an insane resource hog or actively caused other software to fuck up I would be less hostile towards them or if they were actually capable of doing what they claim, instead they take up assloads of resources and fuck up software and are a waste of money and resources.

    In the real world, the problems that would be nice for a computing user to be protected from, are not ones that can be mitigated ahead of time. In the context of phishing, it is a social issue that needs a social solution and is impossible for a technical solution to prevent. The only way that is possible is if the technical solution is shooting the end user in the fucking face as soon as the user logs onto the computer.

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