Entries by Amer Owaida

Cyberawareness in Australia: The good and the bad

An ESET-commissioned survey sheds light on the browsing habits of Australians and how they protect themselves online Australia is a highly interconnected country with nine in ten inhabitants being internet users, most of which use the internet every day. What do they know about cybersecurity and how do they approach it, though? A recent survey […]

Google to end support for third‑party cookies in Chrome

The company will also soon launch anti-fingerprinting measures aimed at detecting and mitigating covert tracking and workarounds Google has announced plans to phase out support for third-party cookies in its Chrome web browser within the next two years. The company is joining the ranks of Mozilla and Apple that, also in a bid to improve […]

Windows 7 end of life: Time to move on

Today, Microsoft is officially pulling the plug on its support for Windows 7. What’s your plan? As the adage goes, “all good things must come to an end”. And so it is with Windows 7. It received a distinctly warmer welcome than its predecessor, Vista, when it first graced our personal computers in October 2009. […]

5 major US wireless carriers vulnerable to SIM swapping attacks

When it comes to protection against this insidious type of scam, the telcos’ authentication procedures leave a lot be desired, a study finds Five major US wireless carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Tracfone and US Mobile – are susceptible to SIM swap scams, a danger apparently looming large especially over prepaid accounts, a study by […]

Google disables Xiaomi smart home integration after camera bug

A Xiaomi security camera owner reports receiving random images from strangers’ homes Smart-home security appliances are not always what they are made out to be and recently some have been running into more problems than is healthy. Some smart doorbells have been caught recording more data than thought, while Wyze Labs, which makes connected home […]

20 tips for 2020: Be smarter with your smartphone

In the second blogpost of the two-part series we’ll suggest handy tips to help enhance the security of your mobile devices Yesterday, we discussed bad cybersecurity habits you should avoid in 2020, especially where computers are involved. We’re not done yet. Some of the recommendations apply to both computers and smartphones, such as being especially […]

20 tips for 2020: Mistakes to avoid

In this first instalment of the two-article series we will be looking at cybersecurity habits to avoid when using your computing devices As we’re entering 2020, we’re also plotting out our New Year’s resolutions. Instead of suggesting what you should do next year, however, let’s have a look at some cybersecurity mistakes you should avoid […]

How to get rid of your old devices safely

Disposing of old tech isn’t a one-click solution; there are multiple things you have to consider before moving on to greener pastures Black Friday, Cyber Monday and even Christmas are behind us. Which means some of us may have been fortunate enough to unwrap a shiny new laptop, smartphone or tablet. But what about our […]

38,000 people forced to pick up email passwords in person

Malware and legal requirements force academics and students to join a near-endless line in order to pick up their passwords Usually, if you forget your password or need to change it for other reasons, getting a new one is a straightforward process that involves a few clicks. Now imagine you would have to prove your […]

2FA: Double down on your security

The second authentication factor might be a minor inconvenience, but it provides a major security boost With past years riddled with security breaches, it is high time we evaluated the way we secure our online presence. The usual way to secure most of your digital accounts is by using a password, no question about it. […]