31 Internet safety memes everyone should see

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We all use the Internet, but how smart are you when it comes to protecting your privacy? We’ve created 31 memes to help you be better informed when it comes to safeguarding your security.

Take a look and start surfing more secure.

1. Don’t ignore software updates.

Don't ignore software updates

Ignoring software updates is the digital equivalent of leaving your front door open at night. Don’t do it. Just don’t.

2. Use a passcode to protect your data.

Set up passcode protection

Ever left your phone at a “friend’s” house only to wake up the next morning to 10,000 FB notifications? Use a passcode on your phone to protect your data.

3. Be smart. Browse incognito.

Browse incognito over public wifi

Public Wi-Fi spots aren’t as secure as you think.

4. Use a VPN to encrypt your IP.

use a vpn to protect your privacy

VPNs encrypt and anonymize your Internet activity. Don’t leave home without one!

5. Google yourself from time to time. 

Google yourself every now and then

Remember that weekend trip to Cancun? Well, so does Google. A *** search could show some alarming results.

6. Data collection laws vary by state.

check data collection laws in your state

Yup. Data collection laws are different for different states. What you’re looking up in NY could be grounds for arrest in Texas. Honest.

7. Don’t disclose info over hotspots.

don't disclose personal info over open hotspots

Ever wondered what happens when you disclose personal info open hotspots? Target ads, that’s what.

8. Don’t leave without logging out.

always log out after using someone's computer

Remember to log out before closing a computer or else you could end up posting confession bear memes too.

9. Say “No!” to Java.

disable java in your browser

We take our coffee with milk. But no Java, we prefer to browse securely.

10. Set up 2-factor authentication.

always use 2-factor authentication

You can’t always prevent forgetting your laptop on the subway, but you can prevent hackers from logging in. 2-factor verification ftw.

11. Choose better passwords.

use different passwords for different sites

You know what’s not smart? Using the same stupid password over, and over, and over.

12. Clear your history every month.

clear your browser history 1x a month

A good rule of thumb is to clear your browser history at least once a month.

13. Never use the same password twice.

never use the same password twice

Never use the same password twice. If one password becomes corrupted, the rest are sure to follow.

14. Rethink old security questions.

Rethink old security questions

Sometimes it’s the old accounts that cause the most harm. Rethink answers to old security questions.

15. Think twice before you post.

Think twice before you post

What goes online, stays online.

16. Only download from trusted sources.

download from trusted sources

If you don’t know the source, don’t download. Easy peasy.

17. Check before you browse.

check if the site is secure

Check the URL for  HTTPS before you enter your personal info. The ‘S’ stands for secure.

18. Make your passwords complex.

make your passwords private

If your friend can guess your password, it’s probably not very good.

19. Verify before you download.

check before you download attachments

If you receive an email from a long-lost “brother” claiming you won $500, be skeptical. Be very skeptical.

20. Check when your location is shared.

check when your location is being shared

Make sure you’re aware when your geo-location is being shared. You never know who could be watching you.

21. Max out your privacy settings on social media.

Max out FB's privacy settings

If your Facebook privacy settings aren’t maxed out, you’re doing it wrong.

22. Delete your old, unused accounts.

Delete old accounts

Delete your old accounts. Something you said years ago could be used against you today.

23. Protect your computer.

use antivirus and antispyware

Keep your computer safe by installing antivirus and antispyware. Yes, it’s that ***.

24. Set browser alerts.

set your browser alerts to stay in the know

Set browser alerts to notify you whenever a new cookie has been installed.

25. Always log out before closing a tab.

log out before closing a tab

Don’t leave your personal deets exposed! Always log out!

26. Differentiate good cookies from bad ones.

be weary of free cookies

Not all cookies were created equal. Learn which cookies are helpful and which aren’t.

27. Turn off autofill for better privacy.

never use autofill

Autofill’s not only annoying, it’s dangerous.

28. Secure your Apple devices.

secure your Apple devices

Your iPhone stores more than your Candy Crush records, so make sure it’s secure.

29. Keep your webcam covered. 

keep your webcam covered

You never know when someone could be watching you.

30. Delete your Google history.

delete your Google history

Get in the habit of deleting your Google history every month.

31. A little research goes a long way.

brush up on your cybersecurity knowledge

Check out a few common cybersecurity terms with thishandy glossary and be better informed.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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How to use a VPN to watch the Rugby World Cup Finals

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After Australia’s incredible victory over Argentina, the Wallabies are eager to square off against New Zealand’s renowned All Blacks for the championship. The stage is set for the first ever trans-Tasman final. With both teams sporting two World Cup wins, this is going to be one for the books.

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Is Siri spilling your secrets? – #WTFWednesday

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Siri may do more than just misunderstand your commands. According to a group of French researchers, your personal pocket secretary can be used to send texts, open unsafe websites, and even record entire phone conversations from as far as 16 feet away.

How It Works

Researchers at the French government agency ANSSI found they were able to infiltrate both Android and Apple devices that were equipped with Google Now or Siri when earphones were plugged in.

The hackers were able to use the headphones as an antenna to transmit radio waves to trigger commands on the voice-enabled devices.

Once connected, the researchers found they could silently send voice commands through text, basically giving them carte blanche with your smartphone.

Scarier Than It Sounds

The researchers’ findings were included in a report published in theInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

While this type of hack depends on a large number of variables (voice command being enabled, headphones being plugged in), Vincent Strubel, the director of research at ANSSI, says:

“The sky is the limit here. Everything you can do through the voice interface you can do remotely and discreetly through electromagnetic waves.”

Little Equipment, Big Threat

This latest revelation is particularly alarming due to how efficiently voice-controlled apps can be hacked. The researchers were able to instantly control Siri with *** equipment that’s small enough to fit in a backpack. All that’s required is a laptop to run a specific type of open-source software, a USRPradio, an amplifier, and a small antenna.

When executed on a mass scale, like an airport or mall, hackers could easily take control of hundreds or even thousands of voice-enabled devices at once.

Not the First Time Siri’s Caused Trouble

This isn’t the first time hackers have found vulnerabilities in voice-enabled devices. Earlier this year researchers found agaping security hole in Apple’s iOS 9 that let hackers use Siri to access other people’s private data. Prior to that, researchers in Italy found they could extract private info by accessing Siri with a special type of software. And a few years ago experts found Siri leaked private information through a painfully obvious FaceTime glitch.

Tl;dr: Siri’s not very good at keeping secrets.

Stop Your Phone From Leaking Your Info

The researchers have contacted both Google and Apple about the flaw and offered suggestions as to how to improve the security on voice-enabled software.

“To use a phone’s keyboard you need to enter a PIN code. But the voice interface is listening all the time with no authentication,” says Strubel. According to them, *** fixes like adding some a password or particular phrase option to devices like Siri could help protect them from hackers.

In the meantime, make sure your voice-enabled devices are deactivated whenever your headphones are plugged in by going into your phone’s settings and disabling Siri or Google Now from the lock screen.

 

ExpressVNP’s #WTFWednesday brings you weird, shocking, and creepy stories about data privacy—pulled straight from the news. Think your privacy is yours? Think again. You will feel uncomfortable. You will be outraged. You will think, “WTF?!”

 

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Cops don’t care if perverts are spying on you

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How hard is it for hackers to spy on you through your own webcam?

Apparently it’s not hard at all.

Take this recent case as an example.

27-year-old Chelsea Clark had just finished a long day of work when she invited her boyfriend over for an evening of Netflix binge-watching. The couple fell asleep with their laptop still on.

What they discovered the next day scared the absolute !@*&$ out of them.

The Worst Kind of Wake-Up Call

When Chelsea logged into Facebook, she received a sinister series of photos of her and her boyfriend sleeping.

Turns out an anonymous hacker had taken photos of the couple using their own webcam. The culprit then hacked into Chelsea’s Facebook page, added himself as her friend, and then sent the photos to her in a Facebook message with this eerie caption:

Realy, cute couple [sic].

Naturally, as soon as Chelsea saw the messages, she immediately called the police. “It felt so invasive,” she said. “Like someone was in my house with me.”

You’re Not Dead So Cops Don’t Care

If that wasn’t enough to make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up, get this: The cops did absolutely nothing.

Chelsea said the law enforcement officers were pleasant but offered little assistance. “They came over and took a statement, and they were very nice and polite and completely useless.”

She’s not the only one who feels this way.

Law enforcement fails miserably when it comes to prosecuting hackers. Whether it’s due to lack of interest, manpower, or simplyineffective legislation, police have always struggled with cybercrime.

That’s why so many cases like Chelsea’s remain in a state of limbo, a sort of perverse purgatory where reports continue to pile up but nothing is solved.

Speaking to VICE, cybersecurity expert Eric Parent explained what he thinks is the real reason behind law enforcement’s general lack of interest.

There are so many stories like this one. It’s only when someone’s life is at stake or when someone has died that the files get floated to the top.

Angry? You should be.

Hacking a Webcam Is Surprisingly Easy! Here’s How Hackers Do It

There are a few different ways hackers can remotely access your webcam. One of the most common methods is using a type of software called a RAT, or remote authorization tool.

RATs were originally developed to allow people to access their computers remotely. Unfortunately, hackers have been using this software to gain access to computers around the world. It’s surprisingly *** to do, and sometimes extremelyhard to detect.

The number of RATs currently circulating the Web is estimated to be in the “hundreds of thousands.” And if you think the only way hackers can spy on you is when that little light is on, think again.

TheFBI has been using spyware for years to access your webcam without the light on, and so have hackers. That means whenever your computer is on, hackers could be watching you!

Tape It Up!

Luckily, for such an intricate system, there’s an absurdly *** solution. To prevent third parties from spying on you, always cover your webcam.

Use a sticker, duct tape, a piece of ***, whatever. Just make sure your webcam is covered whenever you’re not using it.

And if your webcam has a remote access feature you never use, turn it off!

Leaving your webcam uncovered is like leaving your window wide open. Don’t let the little light next to your webcam be your only measure of security. Protect your privacy by covering your camera.

 

ExpressVNP’s #WTFWednesday brings you weird, shocking, and creepy stories about data privacy—pulled straight from the news. Think your privacy is yours? Think again. You will feel uncomfortable. You will be outraged. You will think, “WTF?!”

 

Like this post? Hate it? Read more horror stories about the invasion of your privacy in our #WTFWednesday archive.

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