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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The Biggest Security and Privacy Scandals of 2018

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Most Impactful Security and Privacy Scandals of 2018

2018 has seen its fair share of security and privacy scandals, with major leaks from big companies making the front news all throughout the year. So, in this weekly edition of the ZoogVPN Blog, we’ll take a look at the four biggest security and privacy scandals of 2018.

The Facebook – Cambridge Analytica Scandal

The Facebook – Cambridge Analytica scandal was without any doubt the biggest privacy scandal that occurred in 2018. It was much more than just a privacy and security breach, as it became a major political scandal. It erupted in March 2018 and was covered by all major media outlets, and reached front pages of the Guardian and BBC. Read more...

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How to Securely Shop Online on Black Friday

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Black Friday is Almost Here – How to Privately and Securely Shop Online

Black Friday is almost here, so prepare your wallet for some great deals. Over the past few years, online shopping on Black Friday has become very popular. Shopping over the internet is very convenient, and might seem like the safest way of doing business. But, the truth is, it can also put you in risk of losing your money, and even worse, jeopardize your internet privacy and safety. Read this week’s Zlog and find out how you can shop over the internet in complete online security and privacy.

How to Securely Shop Online on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

When it comes to online security, many internet goers are confident in their cyber security knowledge, undertaking only minimal precautionary measures, which often leaves them vulnerable to cybercriminals and hackers who are especially active at this time of year. That’s why you should never leave your online shopping up to chance.

Practice Tight Security and Monitor your Credit Card

Strong password security is always an absolute must. Practice tight security by creating secure and unique passwords for every site you’ll be carrying out your transactions on. You can install browser extensions, password managers and other useful tools. This will not only improve your online security and privacy but will also make it easier for you to manage all of the passwords.

As you start hunting for the best Black Friday deals, it’s important to keep your cool and always keep track of your purchases. This can help you spot potential frauds or security breaches, so you can react in time. Also, it’ll be easier to keep note of any dishonest dealings, as even legitimate businesses can overstate their discounts or charge you with extra fees when completing the transaction.

The Less Information, the Better

If you’ve completed an online purchase or two before, you know that you’ll have to give the website your billing information, address, name and contact info. This is basically all of the information you’re legitimately required to give to them. If a website asks for any additional info that you must provide them with in order to proceed, you’ll be better off canceling your purchase. Never give more information that you’re required and share any of your personal details except the above-mentioned details.

Be careful with Website Links

Lastly, it’s always important to make sure you’re visiting a legitimate site. Before entering any personal information, make sure you’re on the right site by looking in your URL bar. Additionally, if you can, avoid clicking on URL shorteners. Many websites use them, as they are a great way of making long URL’s shorter and easier on the eyes, but these shorteners can also lead you to a scammer-created link.

Use a VPN for Safer Online Shopping

The previously mentioned measures will greatly help in ensuring you’re safe while shopping online, but this one will all but guarantee your privacy and security. Using a VPN you will create an extra layer of security between you and the online world. With a VPN service, you’ll be able to shop from anywhere you want, even on public Wi-Fi networks, without having to worry about your online security and privacy. You will shop knowing that your address is secure and that you can’t be compromised by cybercriminals.

Use a VPN to save money when Shopping Online

Using a VPN will not only guarantee your online security and privacy. It can also save you a lot of money when buying products and services on the internet. Here are just a couple of things you can do to save money on Black Friday by using a VPN:

  • Get Software and Games at lower prices – Software, games and other entertainment products are among the top Black Friday and Cyber Monday sellers. Using a VPN you can access foreign locations to buy it at much lower prices that you would be able to do in your own country. This is possible because the cost of certain products varies drastically based on the location and currency.
  • Unblock Restricted Shopping Websites – Popular online shopping sites like Amazon, eBay, and Target all offer great Black Friday deals every year. Unfortunately, they also restrict their content, allowing only certain regions of the world to access their websites. With a VPN, you’ll easily be able to get around these restrictions and shop at any website of your choice.
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    Top 5 Windows 10 Privacy Issues and How to Protect Against Them

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    Protect Yourself Against Windows 10 Privacy Issues

     

    Windows 10 is finally here and thousands of PC users from around the world have upgraded their earlier Windows versions in the past couple of months. Experts agree that this is by far the best version of Windows, but this doesn’t mean that we should relax and neglect the possible threats especially when it comes to our privacy.

    Just like every version of this operating system, Windows 10 comes with brand new Service Agreement and Privacy Policy, but unfortunately only a small number of people have spent time reading these documents to the bottom. If you read these documents carefully you will notice that the latest version of Windows, allows Microsoft more control of your private data. In order to avoid any unpleasant situations and to protect your privacy, we have created a list of the 5 most important Windows 10 privacy issues. The good news is that in almost all cases you can protect your PC from these problems.

    1. Cortana is able to monitor your voice commands

    In case you have not heard, Cortana is one of the main reasons why so many people love the latest Windows 10. This is a personalized digital assistant very similar to Siri and Google Now. This is surely something exciting and this feature can ease the work on your PC. However, what can turn to be a great problem is the privacy of data. If you want to get relevant suggestions and improve your user experience, Cortana must gather different data including your current location, information from your calendar, data found in your apps, text messages, emails, calls etc. In addition, Microsoft and Cortana are focused on learning more about your habits – the way you use the device and how frequently you use some other Microsoft applications and services.

    2. Microsoft can reveal your data

    If you read the Privacy Policy that comes with Windows 10 carefully, you will notice some really interesting and daunting things. For instance, there is a paragraph which practically says that Microsoft can access and reveal your data whenever they want to.

    In addition, they will also preserve your personal data like emails, private communications and files that are stored in private folders. Of course, this is only possible only when they feel that “this is for your own good or to protect their product”. Microsoft defends this paragraph by saying that private data might contain evidence of crimes and they had to point out this because this is what the law requires.

    3. The encryption key you get is sent to the OneDrive account without a permission

    If you think about this, you will realize that this is actually quite useful feature. However, you might experience certain problems if OneDrive gets hacked. If the encryption on your device is on, Windows will encrypt the drive and produce a recovery key by default. This recovery key is sent on your OneDrive account without any permission.

    4. Advertisers have access to your activity

    This is another concern among IT security experts. When you become a Windows 10 user, the program makes an original ID for advertising purposes. This ID is available to advertising networks and application developers. In other words, other parties can send you ads based on your private data. They will be able to show targeted ads related to your current location, frequent search terms, content you view etc. It works in a similar way like Google ads or social media ads. Those who don’t want to view these ads can turn off this feature in settings.

    5. Automatic browser history synchronization

    This is something that is mentioned in the Privacy Policy document that we have mentioned before. Once you sign in to your new Windows 10 and use an existing Microsoft account, the OS will synchronize the majority of your data and settings with Microsoft servers automatically. So, you can expect to get your browser history, bookmarks and websites you have used as well as some saved Wi-Fi network access points, saved websites and apps. Users who want to prevent this synchronization can open the settings and turn off the synch your settings option.

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