How has Coronavirus managed to Affect the Online World

Coronavirus online world

How Coronavirus impacts the Digital World

The Coronavirus has already caused quite a disturbance all over the globe. So much so that it has not only affected the day-to-day lives of citizens but also caused a ruckus in the online world. Its effects on the economy are yet to be seen, but many companies, even those that operate online, are already going out of business due to government-issued restrictions. In this week’s Zlog, we’ll talk about how the Coronavirus outbreak is currently shaping the online world and what you can do to best deal with the changes. 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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GDPR and CCPA – The Pioneers of Global Consumer Data Protection

GDPR and CCPA

GDPR and CCPA – What Do They Mean for User Privacy?

Aside from sharing details, tips, and tricks on how to use a VPN to enhance online security and privacy, at ZoogVPN, we also want to keep you informed on all of the most important online news and legislation. As the topic of privacy continues to grow in the online world, so do the concerns related to data privacy and security. Privacy experts are predicting that information privacy will become the most important issue in the decade ahead of us, and the two significant legislative acts – the GDPR and the CCPA. In this week’s Zlog, we’ll take a look at GDPR and CCPA, compare the two and analyze how they can contribute to user protection on the Internet. Read more...

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What Not to do After a Data Breach

What Not to do After a Data Breach

The Most Important Things NOT to do After a Data Breach

In the past few years, the number of data breaches has seen a significant increase. Just last year, we saw breaches that compromised hundreds of millions of online accounts, personal information of users and their payment card numbers. Most privacy blogs and security-oriented sites provide you with detailed guides on what to do if something like this happens. On the other hand, there is little to no information about the things you shouldn’t do when exposed to a data breach. That’s why, in this week’s Zlog, we want to go in a different direction than most online privacy sites and talk about what are the most important things not to do after a data breach. Read more...

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Protect Your Business from Ransomware

In the digital age, the terms cybercriminals and ransomware have become household names. Most cybercriminals use ransomware to demand payment of any sort from the owners of the data that they hold hostage. The payment that cybercriminal usually accepts is fiat currency, crypto coins, or other forms. Businesses keep important personal information of their customers, and they know how important it is to make sure that their data is safe and secure. It is possible to put their customers’ data in danger when their security is breached. Read more...

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