Anti-virus software is supposed to keep computers safe from intruders, but spy agencies in the US and UK tried to break into these software for exactly the opposite purpose: To track their users.
We're no strangers to helping you secure your computer, but there are some computer security myths and stories that keep getting passed around, even though they're clearly not true. We sat down with a few computer security experts to separate fact from fiction.
We don't like to think about it, but it can happen: whether by hacking or by theft, someone can get access to your computer and everything on it. When the unthinkable happens, here's how to pick up the pieces.
Antivirus is a confusing matter: it's called antivirus, but there are tons of other types of malware out there. So...do those programs also scan for spyware, adware, and other threats? Here's how to make heads or tails of it all, and which tools you can trust to keep your PC clean.
So you got caught with your pants down on the Internet (figuratively, folks) and contracted a virus. That sucks. Or maybe you were wearing protection but still fell victim to some nasty bit of code that managed to slip by your antivirus software undetected. That sucks even more. Either way, it's nothing to feel…
Ang Cui has a lot of power. With enough time he can take control of pretty much any networked device. He could watch you through your iSight or track the Netflix on your smart TV. But he has bigger fish to fry, so your Catfish marathons are safe for now. From him, at least.
In a too-strange-to-be-true twist on an already bizarre crime story, fugitive tech millionaire John McAfee today revealed where he'd been hiding over the last six days: in his own compound. McAfee, wanted by police in connection with the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faull over the weekend, said in a phone interview…
The story of antivirus millionaire turned reclusive murder suspect John McAfee is a long, strange, sordid one. Just a few hours ago, on CBS This Morning, reporter Jeff Wise—who broke the news for Gizmodo—talked about where the McAfee saga stands today, and how we got here in the first place.
As dawn broke over the interior of Belize on April 30, an elite team of 42 police and soldiers, including members of the country's SWAT team and Special Forces, converged on a compound on the banks of a jungle river. Within, all was quiet. The police called out through a bullhorn that they were there looking for…
John McAfee, founder of the deeply frustrating McAfee Antivirus, has become the target of a Belize Gang Suppression Unit. He's explained that the GSU raided his research facility, killed his dog, took his passport, handcuffed him and arrested him on a bogus weapons charge.
Malware sucks. In the best-case scenario, it craps up your system with unwanted files and occasionally makes itself known in the form of a persistent pop-up window or annoying browser-based toolbar. In the worst-case scenario, malware completely takes over your desktop or laptop and ruins your life.
Yevgeny Kaspersky, head of mega-antivirus firm Kaspersky Labs, probably has a lot of enemies in Russia—a country where cybercrime rakes in the rubles. So it's not entirely surprisingly that Yevgeny's son has been kidnapped and held for ransom.
In some ways, visiting cyberspace is kind of like entering a crowded subway car during the peak of flu season. You're surrounded by all sorts of germs-in the form of trojans, spyware, viruses, rootkits, etc.-just looking for a vulnerable host to invade and feed on. Once you're infected, these pests can wreak havoc on…
The news of Intel's very expensive McAfee purchase raises one obvious question: why is security software worth over $7 billion to a chip maker? Intel has been short on specifics, but it's becoming clear that virus-killing silicon is coming.
Maybe it's not so much a surprise that you hate your antivirus software's notifications sometimes. But did you know that it hates you right back?
There's only so much a processor can handle at once. That's why we keep our home PC powered on while we're at sleep or at the office. Forget about energy savings—a powerful PC is meant to be utilized!