Have you ever heard the song Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger from back in the 90’s? It had this brilliant line in it; “Paranoia, paranoia, everybody’s coming to get me”. We like to think that people who assume that the whole world is out to get them are well, just a tad …paranoid. But in the digital realm it sure does seem like Harvey was … Continue reading Paranoid with a Purpose – Malvertising Really is Out to Get You
Adware is a touchy topic. Ask its opponents and they will tell you that adware is akin to malware and should be stopped in its tracks. Ask online advertisers and publishers and they will tell you it’s a mostly innocent way for developers to make a bit of money off of the free services they provide and by blocking ads we are effectively silencing freedom … Continue reading Stoking the Flames in the Adblocker vs Anti-adblocker Debate
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?
Think about those detective flicks from the noir genre that filled the 1950’s silver screens. There was snappy, hardboiled dialog, a damsel in distress and some sort of mysterious underworld. Situations were murky and no one was what they seemed. The good guys were bad, the bad guys were actually good and there was a new twist at every turn. The world of the internet … Continue reading How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online
You know those ads on the sides of almost any website you go to? Annoying, but relatively safe, right? Wrong! It turns out your favorite websites may unwittingly pass along malware into your device through their display advertisements. ‘Malvertising’, as it’s referred to in the security world, is a lucrative venture for global cyber criminals, and there are no signs of it slowing down. Read … Continue reading Malvertising: Large-Scale Risk