CCleaner privacy issue – alternative crapware cleaners

CCleaner privacy – the issue of anonymized data collection and alternative crapware cleaners In July 2017, Avast the internet security company, acquired Piriform, the UK developer of the most widely used crapware cleaner, CCleaner. The acquisition brought the fear from the tech community that Avast would use CCleaner to collect data from its 130 million…

About new EU/UK data-protection law effective from May 25 2018

New UK data-protection law requires online users’ permission to track them and collect their private information EU/UK “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR) data-protection law The UK is still officially in the EU, therefore the new EU “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR) data-protection law becomes official across the EU on Friday, May 25, 2018. The new…

Smishing, vishing and SIM card swap theft scams

Explaining the smishing (SMS phishing), vishing and SIM card swap and theft scams Being knowledgeable about security on the Internet is paramount for your financial health. If you become a victim of the following social-engineering frauds by cyber criminals – smishing, vishing and SIM-card swap scams – they can result in large financial losses. Social-engineering…

Meltdown/Spectre Intel and AMD Processor problems

About the Meltdown/Spectre Intel & AMD processor flaws that give rise to security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cyber criminals and hackers According to their manufacturers, hardware flaws in Intel and AMD processors render them vulnerable to the critical Meltdown/Spectre security vulnerabilities discovered in January 2018, which can be exploited by hackers and cyber…