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How to check if you’ve been attacked by Hacking Team intrusion malware

Hacking Team malware has been attacking computers and smartphones --- and you may be infected without knowing it. Here's how to find out if you're infected. Hacking Team is an Italian-based company that sells surveillance and intrusion software to government agencies and law enforcement groups across the world. Earlier this month its systems were broken into and the Hacking Team's intrusion software was released to the world. That means that hackers could grab hold of it for their own purposes and attack computers and smartphone. Since then, Microsoft has released a patch for Windows designed to close a security hole that could be exploited by Hacking Team Software. Adobe has released a patch for Flash Player, which is vulnerable as well.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Security suites: Choosing the best one for you

The old days of straightforward antivirus software packages are gone -- victim of a changing threat scene in which the dangers are more complex than ever and come from multiple sources. No longer are viruses and Trojans the only risks. Today you can also be victimized by phishing attacks, spyware, privacy invasions, social media scams and the possibility of losing your mobile device. To complicate matters even further, most of us commonly use multiple devices, frequently with different operating systems. I'm a perfect case of that: My computing arsenal includes a Windows desktop PC, a MacBook Air, two Windows-based Surface tablets, two iPads, an iPhone and a Google Nexus 7 Android tablet.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Review: McAfee LiveSafe offers top Windows, Android protection

McAfee LiveSafe is the best product in McAfee's sizable security portfolio. Its suite offers protection for an unlimited number of Windows PCs, Macs and Android and iOS devices, along with a Web dashboard. There's 1TB of cloud-based storage as well. The whole thing is available for $60 per year.Windows McAfee gives you a solid complement of protection tools for your PC that includes virus and spyware protection, Web and email protection, and parental controls. Also included is a suite of not overly impressive tune-up tools. The interface is straightforward, with big icons representing each of its modules. I found the design to be clear and simple, letting me easily drill down to customize any feature. Modules include Virus and Spyware Protection, Web and Email Protection, Data Protection, PC and Home Network Tools, and Parental Controls. There are also icons that you can click to update the software or see the status of your subscription.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Is the Samsung Galaxy S6 a true iPhone 6 killer?

The Galaxy S6 is a great-looking phone with great specs -- but is it really an iPhone 6 killer? I've got specs and details. (Note that I'm comparing the non-curved version of the S6 to the iPhone 6, not the iPhone 6 Plus.)ScreenThe nod goes here clearly goes to the S6. It's got a 5.1-inch screen compared to the iPhone's 4.7-inch one. And it wins on resolution as well, 2560 x 1440 at 576 ppi, versus 1334 x 750 at 326 ppi for the iPhone 6.ProcessorThe S6 is powered by an Exynos 7 series quad 2.1GHz chip plus a quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor. The iPhone 6, meanwhile, has an A8 64-bit chip. There's no real way to do a head-to-head comparison on this one, so we'll call it a tossup.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

7 all-in-one security suites: Anti-malware for all your devices

Let's face it: No matter what device you use, you're in danger. Security threats and malware lurk on Windows PCs, Macs, and Android and iOS devices. If you use more than one device -- like most of us do -- that makes it even more difficult and expensive to be vigilant and keep yourself safe.That's where all-in-one security suites come in. They protect not just a single device, but multiple ones, and offer comprehensive security for a far lower price than if you had to buy software individually for each of your devices.All of the suites reviewed here protect Windows, Macs and Android devices. A few add iOS security as well. Most offer some kind of Web-based dashboard for installing and managing the software on each individual device.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here