What is Adware?

Adware is any software that displays ads to generate revenue for the program’s creator. Adware teeters on the edge of the definition of malware. In some respects, it’s a legitimate answer for developers looking to make some money off of their hard work while allowing the end user to get the service for (almost) free. On the other hand, adware can be misused with alarming … Continue reading What is Adware?

Malware and Its Many Flavors

Understanding malware and its many branches is kind of like walking into a Baskin and Robbins ice cream shop. There so many flavors and shades that it can be maddening to understand what’s going on. We have all come across terms like worms, viruses and spyware but it can be a sticky mess to decode what each one really means so most people use them … Continue reading Malware and Its Many Flavors

Are You Your Company’s Weakest Link?

Pop Quiz, hot shot: What or who is the weakest link in your company’s data security? Is it your database that hasn’t been updated in years? Or that vengeful ex-employee with a grudge? The correct answer is: It’s you. Or more appropriately, everyone in your company. All you well-meaning employees who love your jobs and wouldn’t do anything to harm your company. True, you’re not … Continue reading Are You Your Company’s Weakest Link?

Ethical Adware Versus Bundleware- What’s the Difference and What’s with this New Toolbar on my PC??!

Think back to the last time you installed new software onto your computer. The next time you opened your browser were you greeted by a new “Babylon Search” toolbar? Perhaps you found a little icon tucked away on your desktop, that was just hoping you wouldn’t notice it. Welcome to Bundleware. Bundleware referrers to garbage programs you unintentionally downloaded when you installed an application. It … Continue reading Ethical Adware Versus Bundleware- What’s the Difference and What’s with this New Toolbar on my PC??!

Browser Ad Injection – What you Need to Know

You probably don’t give a second thought to the banner ads scattered all over the web. But what about when these ads start weighing down your computer, interrupting web pages that were once ad-free, and taking revenue from your favorite websites? Let’s see how to identify these intruders, and get them off your device. What is Browser Ad Injection? A thin piece of code from … Continue reading Browser Ad Injection – What you Need to Know