Stories by Eric Geier

Learn about IT security - Free and cheap Tips

Whether you're an IT student or have been in the field for many years, the learning never stops, especially in regards to security. Hackers are discovering vulnerabilities in our software and systems 24/7. They'll always find new ways to steal data, infect computers and wreak havoc in the digital world.

Eric Geier | 13 May | Read more

8 ways to improve wired network security

We sometimes focus more on the wireless side of the network when it comes to security because Wi-Fi has no physical fences. After all, a war-driver can detect your SSID and launch an attack while sitting out in the parking lot.

Eric Geier | 17 Mar | Read more

How to rescue your PC from ransomware

With the nasty CryptoLocker malware making the rounds--encrypting its victims' files, and then refusing to provide the unlock key unless a payment of $300 is made via Bitcoin or a prepaid cash voucher--ransomware is back in the spotlight.

Eric Geier | 13 Jan | Read more

5 tips for easy PCI compliance

PCI compliance may seem like an arcane art if you're a small merchant, but you ignore it at your peril. Non-compliance with the security standards developed by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council carries penalties of $5,000 to $100,000 per month.

Eric Geier | 25 Sep | Read more

How to clean and secure your browser like a pro

The Internet runs on ads, but when you see them in your browser, your first instinct should be to run the other way--fast. The lion's share of the Internet is wallpapered with tacky ads that invite you to "Lose 15 lbs. with this 1 weird tip" and load your browser with spyware in the process. In other corners of the Web, you might download a free game or a piece of music from an untrustworthy site, ending up with malicious adware that hitched a ride along with it.

Eric Geier | 13 Aug | Read more

How to child-proof the Internet

The Internet is filled with websites that are inappropriate for anyone, much less children. Kids get into trouble online all the time, even when they aren't looking for it. Misspelling a website address, screwing up a search term, or clicking a risqué ad can lead to some awkward bedtime conversations. Online bullying, predatory adults, and illegal downloading of copyrighted content are other threats.

Eric Geier | 20 Jun | Read more

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