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Have you been cryptojacked? Here’s how to detect and remove cryptominers Cryptojacking is a relatively new form of hacking, where hackers use your Mac, PC, or even tablet or smartphone to mine cryptocurrency that they keep for themselves. What is cryptocurrency? You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin. It’s just one of several cryptocurrencies that have been created over the last few years.… Read more... Is FMovies safe to use? FMovies is a website that allows visitors to stream thousands of movies and TV programs for free. It’s only been around for a few years, but in that time has become hugely popular. This is partly because of the number of titles it offers, and partly because it’s easy to… Read more... Is Kodi safe? Formerly known as XBMC (Xbox Media Centre), Kodi has become hugely popular in recent years. It’s also generated huge controversy, thanks to the questionable legal position of some add-ons available for it. So far, most of the legal cases brought in conjunction with Kodi have been related to hardware that… Read more... Is The Pirate Bay safe? The Pirate Bay is a search tool for torrent files and magnet links. It became hugely popular several years ago, as a way of finding torrents and magnet links that are up to date and could be downloaded conveniently in a torrent download tool. However, its popularity was largely due… Read more... Top 13 Mac security measures Keeping your Mac safe and secure is hugely important for every user. Where once we Mac users use to feel safe under the impression that our computers were immune from viruses and other threats, we now know there’s plenty of malware around that can do real harm. Fortunately, Apple has… Read more... What is ransomware and how to get rid of it Ransomware. The very word sounds ominous. And with good reason. Ransomware attacks are particularly nasty because they prey on users’ fears and are designed to scare them into handing over money. The threats made in order to extort payment can be publishing personal data, exposing online activity, or encrypting data… Read more... Here’s how to protect your Mac from keyloggers If you’re worried that your Mac’s keyboard is being recorded by a keylogger there are a number of steps you can take to find out and then remove it. How do keyloggers work? Keyloggers record the keystrokes typed on your Mac’s keyboard. There are two types of keyloggers, sofware- and… Read more... How to protect your Mac from backdoors If you have even the vaguest interest in computer security, you’ve probably heard the term ‘backdoor’ used a great deal. But what is a backdoor, what kind of risk does it present and what can you do to protect your Mac? Read on to find out. What is a backdoor?… Read more... What you need to know about Flashback/SabPub Flashback is the name of a Mac trojan discovered in 2011. It masqueraded as an update to Adobe Flash and persuaded users to download it in order to install the update. A later version of Flashback functioned as a ‘drive-by’ download, exploiting a vulnerability in Java to install itself. How… Read more... Is Putlocker safe to use? What is Putlocker? Putlocker is an index of movies and TV programmes that is widely used as a way to find movies and TV programs to stream online. Putlocker itself doesn’t host any content, it just provides a means to find it easily. Despite this, the original Putlocker was blocked… Read more...

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