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Interesting facts about the Internet
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Interesting facts about the Internet

 

  • A single Google query uses 1,000 computers and takes 0.2 seconds to retrieve an answer.
  • The inventor of the modern world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
  • The GIF format was invented by Steve Wilke, an engineer at Compuserve in 1987.
  • The first spam email was sent in 1978 over ARPNET by a man named Gary Thuerk, whom has been nicknamed ‘The Father of Spam’. He was selling computers.
  • Online daters spend an average of $243 per year on online dating.
  • We now spend more time browsing the web on mobile devices than desktop computers.
  • Researchers are debating on whether or not to recognize Internet addiction as a mental disorder. In China, there are treatment camps for Internet addicts.
  • LOL used to mean “lots of love” before “laughing out loud” took its place.

 

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Baby it's cold outside - Layer up
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Baby it’s cold outside – Layer up

Layering up your login also known as multi-factor authentication (also known as two-factor authentication), which is a free feature available n the settings of your favorite social networks, banking site, etc.

What is multi-factor authentication?

Multi-factor authentication is an additional layer of protection beyond your password. It significantly decreases the risk of a hacker accessing your online accounts by combining your password with a second factor, like your mobile phone.

There are dozens of options you can choose from to protect your accounts, but most websites rely only on a few.

Here are the top three types of multi-factor authentication options:

  1. Password: A strong password is your first layer of defense. With this in place, you’re ready to add an extra layer of protection.
  2. Fingerprint ID: Available on most smartphones and many laptops, fingerprint scanning is a great way to keep your device locked only to you.
  3. Single-use code: A single use code is either sent to your phone or your email address, which generally, only you have access to. 

This extra layer of protection will keep you warm through the cold winter months and all year long.




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New Year’s Cybersecurity Resolutions
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New Year’s Cybersecurity Resolutions

Happy New Year! It’s the time of year when we feel the need to turn over a new leaf and create a list of goals. To help you out, we went ahead and created a list to set you on the right cybersecurity track!

1. Set better passwords: Having a strong password is your first line of defence! It can be very tempting to use a simple combination for every account, but choosing a strong and unique password should take priority. If you are having a hard time with keeping track of all your passwords, research a good and reputable password manager software. Make sure to never use personal information in your passwords, such as your date of birth, social insurance number, etc.

2. Public Wi-Fi: When it comes to public Wi-Fi, there is no such thing as secure Wi-Fi. Even if your local coffee shop claims it is secure, Wi-Fi networks lack encryption. Private online activity, such as online banking or shopping, should be done at home or when using a VPN that will guarantee you a safe Wi-Fi connection.

3. Secure your social media: While social media is great at connecting us with our loved ones, it is also a great way for scammers to collect your personal information and catch you in a scam – if you aren’t careful. Be mindful of what you post and make sure to set your settings to private on all your social networks. 

4. Don’t skip your updates: Protect your personal information, files and money from malware by installing updates to your devices, apps and antivirus as they become available. You can set software to ‘auto-update’ so you do not miss out on the latest security features.

5. Know the trending frauds: Frauds and scams evolve all the time. Knowing the signs to watch for will help you be better prepared and avoid falling for scams. Sign up for our fraud alerts to receive notifications right in your inbox.

Start the year off right by keeping your personal information safe from cybercriminals.



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The Trojan horse of software
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The Trojan horse of software


The Trojan horse is a story most people know. Soldiers hid inside of a giant wooden horse and invaded the enemy’s castle from the inside by bursting out of it. Even though this story happened in about 500 B.C., the Trojan horse is still active today and you may be its next victim if you’re not careful.

 

Trojan horse or Trojan viruses are a type of computer software that hides itself as trustworthy software. It usually hides in fake antivirus tools or software to speed up or clean your computer. In reality, this software is creating a backdoor to let malicious user have access to your computer. This can let them see sensitive or personal information such as passwords, usernames, bank cards and more.

 

 

The best way to protect yourself from Trojan viruses is to avoid downloading software from software providers that are not trusted. Software providers will never urge you to download their software for an emergency. It is also essential to have a strong anti-virus and keep all of your software up to date.

 

When your software isn’t up to date, it gives these programs an easy way to exploit your computer and its weaknesses. Follow these steps and you may prevent being victimized by the next Trojan horse.

 

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Jailbreaking your iPhone
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Jailbreaking your iPhone

 

Jailbreaking your device may seem like a fun and exciting way to push the limits of what your iPhone or iPad is capable of. But it comes with some very serious risks that are very important to understand.

 

First of all, what is jailbreaking?

 

Jailbreaking consists of breaking down the walls put up by the software that Apple has put on their devices. This allows you to alter the software to further customize your device and even download apps from providers other than the apple store. These features do not come without serious consequences.

 

As soon as you jailbreak your device, you throw away your device’s warranty, as Apple does not support this action. Your phone is much more likely to crash and run into more problems.

 

You also step away from the safety of the boundaries that Apple has set. You leave your device open to malware, which can take your data and give it away to other third party companies or even cybercriminals. Jailbreaking is done at the user’s discretion. So when altering your devices in this way, it is important to be aware of the negatives that surround this simple modification to your everyday device. 

 

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.exe and .msi files
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.exe and .msi files

 

When downloading files or folders on the internet, it is always important to stay vigilant. Malware can find its way onto our computers without even breaking a sweat.

 

One of the most common ways that malware finds its way onto our computers is through .exe or .msi files, executable code, sometimes also known as installer files or installers. You should be aware that simply opening the .exe file will start running the code in the program and may then immediately cause the installation of malware onto your computer.   You should not run any installer or executable file which has not been obtained from a trusted source.

 

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I spy with my little eye
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I spy with my little eye

 

If you download a great quantity of the things off of the internet, you better make sure you’re protected from spyware.

 

Spyware is one of the scammer’s favourite tools.

 

Spyware is software that uses your computer to gain knowledge about you without your consent and may even send or sell it to someone else. They can intercept your browser history, your usernames and even your passwords among other things. This can be used to target consumers in a personalised manner, sometimes targeting your interests or your needs.

 

This type of software can be found in pop-up windows, when you click on certain buttons in these windows, add-ons or even masquerading as spyware removal software. To prevent spyware, it is recommended to download Malwarebytes; this is free software that can run occasional or scheduled scans for malware, spyware and trojan ware. When combined with good anti-virus software, your computer will have much stronger protection than on its own.

 

Do not download any software that you have been offered very suddenly and seems too good to be true. And when receiving emails, do not open attachments or click on emails or websites from people you don’t know.

 

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Make it custom
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Make it custom

 

If you are downloading and installing software from any company, look for a “custom installation” option to choose. Even the most trusted companies can leave you with more than you bargained for. They will usually give you the choice between a “standard installation” and a “custom installation”. The first option has the chance of installing anything the software developer wants to.

 

This can leave you with add-ons for your internet browser or even extra software you never desired on your computer and in some extreme cases, malware or spyware. When choosing the “custom installation” option, you can choose what software and which add-ons you would like to have.

 

This simple choice gives you the most control over this important decision.

  

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Internet Cookies
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Internet Cookies

 

Internet cookies are not delicious baked goods like the name may suggest. They are in fact small pieces of information stored on your computer’s hard drive that store certain user attributes and in some cases helps your internet browser load websites faster.

 

As some browsers offer the option to not save internet cookies, some people may have questions regarding their use. Cookies are saved on your computer and removed periodically after a certain period of time. It is however, better to manually erase them from time-to-time to keep your browser running smoothly and efficiently.

 

Cookies are exclusive to the user, as well as the website. So your cookies will not match up with someone else’s cookies. The scariest question of all is if they can give your computer viruses, as cookies are so common. The answer is no. Cookies are simply text files to help your browser remember some information about certain websites, whilst viruses are only present in executable files such as installers, documents, music, photos and programs. However, cookies can sometimes store your personal settings for a website or even the location you have entered.

 

The best thing to do is turn off the use of cookies in your browser’s settings.

 

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Media Literacy Week
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Media Literacy Week

 

Not only is November Financial Literacy Month, but from November 5-9 it is Media Literacy week.

 

Media Literacy week is an annual event that takes place every November. Co-led by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), the week puts a spotlight on the importance of digital and media literacy as key components in the education of youth.

 

They work with Canadian schools, libraries, and educational associations and organizations that are looking to inspire a leap in Canadians’ thinking towards media education as an important – and innovative – approach for creating thoughtful, engaged and informed young people.

 

They have tons of resources for teachers and for families looking to teach youth about how to be media literate.

 

For more information and great resources, visit their website: www.medialiteracyweek.ca

 

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