Author: Gary Davis

Chief Consumer Security Evangelist at McAfee

Most gamers are constantly trying to get past a powerful boss, avoid a difficult trap, or complete a quest. If they get stuck, they often go online looking for clues on how to complete a particular challenge. Failing that, many then start to seek out cheat codes that will give them the necessary edge. Unfortunately, these gamers are only a few clicks away from cheat codes to the dark web of cybercrime tools. Gaming is an activity that develops a lot of skills useful to both sides of the cybersecurity struggle. While grinding against the current set of opponents or…

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Today’s traveler has never had it so good. Finding last-minute bargains on hotels and flights, getting instant and accurate travel directions, pulling dining recommendations on the fly, and staying in touch with family and loved ones back home are now as easy as whipping out your smartphone or tablet. Those devices coupled with the power of the internet are a vacationer’s best friend, but also a sort of universal Achilles heel: the digital tethers we rely on for almost everything can also be exploited by thieves who prey on vulnerable travelers. Intel Security recently conducted a study to better understand…

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It is ironic that no tech topic is as befuddling to people as the cloud, and yet in reality most of us use it in some form or another many times a day, via all the various apps and services we rely on through our connected devices. Essentially every digital service you use has some sort of cloud-based storage or processing capability—from email, to entertainment media, to social apps, to banking, to backups, and on and on. By any measure the cloud is truly revolutionary and is an essential component of our daily digital lives. Imagine it as the connective…

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