Blue screens, pop ups, flashing red windows, annoying virus alerts from anti-virus software, and an unresponsive pixelized screen. Viruses have done nothing but plague computer users throughout the last few decades, but it hasn’t been until recently that they’ve started morphing and changing into cash sucking, information throwing, and privacy plaguing death bombs. Here are… Continue reading Motives behind the computer virus
Protecting your digital identity doesn’t take a degree in computer science. Follow these 5 easy steps to secure your personal information so no one can steal your identity without working really, really hard for it. Keep your operating system updated You can set most operating systems to update themselves automatically. That’s a smart move… Continue reading How to easily protect your digital identity
Iran’s nuclear efforts have been more than a bit of a threat, and with that, US and Israel joined forces to create their own weaponry, Stuxnet. Stuxnet is a computer worm that was discovered in June 2010 to slow Iran’s nuclear efforts. After copies of the worm leaked, it was available on the internet in… Continue reading Stuxnet: the new face of cyber warfare
Phishers and hackers have found that social media is a great place to plant links to malicious websites as unsuspecting people click through and get infected or give their information. Now, Facebook is changing that by checking every outbound link through a system designed by security firm Websense. “Facebook is a big target for criminals… Continue reading Links on Facebook to be screened for viruses
Researchers at MIT have genetically modified a virus that helps carbon nanotubes self-assemble along solar cells to improve efficiency of electron collection. The virus, called M13, helps to separate the two types of nanotubes – those that enhance solar cell performance and those that inhibit it. According to Engadget, “Adding virus-built structures to dye-sensitized solar… Continue reading MIT makes solar-cell technology go viral. Literally.
Honestly, it should come as no surprise that Facebook isn’t exactly a snuggly blanket of impenetrable security when it comes to feeling safe on the internet. Perpetually beset with accusations of compromising users’ privacy, Facebook has spent much of its time in the last several months repairing its relationship with its users. But maybe privacy… Continue reading No Hell Will Be Safe For You – Not Even Facebook
Hey, remember yesterday’s Twitter worm? Wasn’t that fun? Oh, don’t get all frowny, it was a blast. Apparently, it was kicked off by Pearce Delphin, a 17-year-old Australian who honestly had no idea of the chaos that would ensue. “I did it merely to see if it could be done,” Delphin told AFP. “At the… Continue reading Yesterday’s Twitter Worm Was All Just A Big Misunderstanding, Guys
Okay, that headline is probably a little more sensationalist than is absolutely necessary, but that’s the message a UK scientist is trying to get across. Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading implanted a chip in his hand that contained a computer virus. The chip is similar to the kind used to monitor and… Continue reading Computer Virus Jumps To Humans
Getting a virus on your computer can ruin your day, week and possibly make you spiral down like this guy. It’s a threat that will always be there and as new virus’ are created, so are new anti-virus technologies. The USB flash drive is becoming a more common way to transfer files and the virus… Continue reading You’re Safe! New USB device scans files for virus’ before landing on your drive.