Ransomware: Another Reason for Back-Ups

Among the many kinds of wicked online traps that users must beware, one of the most vicious kinds is called “ransomware“. This is a generic term for a type of malicious software that encrypts all or the most useful of the victim’s files, making it...

US Leads the World in Spam

One interesting fact that didn’t make it into this month’s newsletter article on “The Secret Life of Spam” is that the United States leads the world in the overall volume of spam produced. And by a huge margin, too: according to security site...

Web Security Snapshot Has Some Surprises

Symantec, a major Net security company, has published a report on Internet security threats of 2011. It’s an interesting snapshot of trends and statistics that makes sobering reading, along with a few eyebrow-raising surprises. Here are some of its highlights: A...

Flashback Trojan is a Warning to Mac Owners

It finally happened: for the first time, Macintosh computers have been attacked by a trojan virus in a big way. Few viruses have ever targeted them before, and for decades Apple owners were told simply not to worry, that viruses were a Microsoft problem. Now the...

Zombie Alert!

With Halloween coming up, the fear and fascination with the walking dead is everywhere. In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control have used zombie alerts to warn of the flu. Highway departments have also zombie mania to get people to try to slow down, though...