What is a WWW2 Site, and is it Safe?

What are WWW2 Sites and Should You Access Them?

Oddly named domain webpages and recognizable sites with slightly altered names are usually a telltale sign of malicious activity. We’ve talked about before how hackers and scam artists use such platforms to get out valuable personal and financial information from you, but we’ve never come around to cover this topic in more detail. Let’s take a look at WWW2 sites and examine them to see whether they are malicious and why there are so many websites that carry such and similar domain names.

What is WWW Anyway?

We use the World Wide Web every day, whenever we go on the internet, but do we know what it is and how it works? To put it in simple terms, WWW is a hostname that serves to identify and specify the way you want to go when accessing a network. For example, typing www.site.com into your bar will always take you to the webpage section, just like typing mail.site.com will take you to the mail server if the website has set it up. Read more...

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What is Malware and How to Protect Against It

What is malware?

What is Malware?

Most of us know what malware is and how it can impact us if we’re not careful enough online. As malicious software with only one purpose, malware can cause a mess and sometimes even induce severe financial consequences. Despite this, many online users still don’t pay that much attention until its too late. This detailed and concise page on malware will help you get familiar with the most common types of malware and help you learn how to prevent it from affecting you.

Most Common Types of Malware

  • Viruses – Computer viruses are the most common type of malware, and are often what most people call every malicious program. Pure computer viruses are mostly a thing of the past, since hybrid malware replaced them.
  • Trojans –Trojans have been around even longer than viruses and are probably responsible for the most damage out of all other malicious software. What makes Trojans different from other types of malware is that the user must execute the action.
  • Worms – Dating back almost three decades ago and the first email scams, worms are one of the oldest types of malware. Since it spreads by self-replicating, the work is one of the most devastating forms of malware that can quickly affect a large number of people.
  • Ransomware – Unlike most types of malware on this list, ransomware doesn’t operate stealthily. The main goal of ransomware is to steal and encrypt the user’s data until the affected party decides to pay off the requested amount.
  • Adware –Adware is a malware that attempts to redirect you to a compromised site or tries to expose you to malicious advertising through seemingly legitimate product advertising.
  • Malvertising – Unlike adware, which presents you with fake malicious ads, malvertising is the use of legitimate ads and sources to infect the user with malware. The danger of malvertising is that it can appear even on reliable sites.
  • Spyware –This type of malicious software is a common tool of hackers who want to gain access to passwords or valuable intellectual property. By mapping keystrokes and specific activities, hackers have an open door to the user’s entire device.
  • Malware Hybrids – Nowadays, malware is often a combination of at least two types of the eight ones above. The most common malware hybrids include Trojan-worm and virus-worm malware.

How to Know if your Device is Infected

Protect against malicious software

Now that we’ve gotten all of our malware classifications straight, it’s also helpful to know how to spot malicious software. Here are a few useful tips on how to detect malware: Read more...

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5 Resolutions That will Improve your Privacy in 2020

Online Privacy in 2020

How to Improve Your Privacy in 2020

With 2019 behind us, we can take a look at everything that has happened over the previous twelve months. The year behind us saw even more significant online advances, yet it also continued the trend of decreasing user privacy and data control at unprecedented rates. But, instead of mentioning the possible mistakes you should avoid online as most sites do, we’ll go in a different direction. In this week’s Zlog, we’re bringing you five privacy tips that can help you improve your privacy in 2020. Read more...

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VPN Predictions for 2020 – What’s in Store for VPN Services?

VPN services in 2020

What’s in Store for VPN Services in 2020?

VPNs have come a long way in the past ten years. Today, a lot of online users are aware of all of the benefits these convenient tools bring to their everyday lives. But, just like everything else on the Internet, the VPN market is continually changing and innovating. As the new decade approaches fast, let’s take a look at how VPN services could shape up starting in 2020.

Expert Predictions

While VPN services have undoubtedly cemented their place as a must-have asset for every privacy-conscious online user, expert predictions are still divided regarding the future of these services. Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular opinions: Read more...

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How Does SOCKS5 Proxy Work?

How Does SOCKS5 Proxy Work?

SOCKS5 Proxy – What Is It and How Does it Work?

Aside from offering you a variety of VPN encryption options at ZoogVPN, we also provide you with the option of setting up a SOCKS5 Proxy. This useful internet protocol comes with many advantages that can help ease your privacy concerns. In this week’s Zlog, we will talk about how SOCKS5 proxy works and take a look at how you can pair it up with a VPN to enjoy enhanced security benefits.

What is a SOCKS5 Proxy?

A SOCKS Proxy is an internet protocol that exchanges network packets between the client and server through a proxy server. To put it differently, this protocol works as a secure bridge between you and the internet, so that any of the traffic exchanged between the two can’t be traced back to your real IP address. It was originally developed close to three decades ago, as a security tool that made firewalls and similar security products easier to administer. SOCKS5 is just the latest specification in the SOCKS protocol. It is an extension of the SOCKS4 protocol and includes support for IPv6 and UDP. The latter is crucial, as it can be applied for DNS lookups. Read more...

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