Articles by Evan Porter

Evan Porter

Evan is a writer with over a decade of digital publishing experience. He also builds blogs, loves gadgets, and fixes tech problems around the house.

What is Adware? And How to Remove It in 2021
What is Adware? And How to Remove It in 2021
In an age of ads, pop-ups, pop-overs, and video overlays, we’ve almost gotten used to being bombarded with advertising. However, this doesn’t make it any less intrusive and annoying. Pop-up ads that won’t close, infinite pop ups,...
Evan Porter by Evan Porter December 28, 2019
What is an SQL Injection Attack? And How to Prevent It in 2021
What is an SQL Injection Attack? And How to Prevent It in 2021
SQL is a programming language that allows programmers to “talk” to large databases using nearly-plain English. It can access and manipulate data held in a number of tables on a server. When it comes to websites, those tables might...
Evan Porter by Evan Porter December 28, 2019
What Is a Botnet? And How to Protect Yourself in 2021
What Is a Botnet? And How to Protect Yourself in 2021
Think of the damage that one talented hacker can do. Now imagine what they can do with an army of computers at their disposal, amplifying their resources on an order of thousands or millions. These “armies” actually exist, and the...
Evan Porter by Evan Porter December 28, 2019
What is a DDoS Attack and How to Prevent One in 2021
What is a DDoS Attack and How to Prevent One in 2021
If your company’s website or application suddenly goes offline due to a massive influx of suspicious traffic, you could be the target of a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack. These kinds of cyber attacks are on the rise,...
Evan Porter by Evan Porter December 28, 2019
What Is a Trojan Horse Attack? Plus 3 Prevention Tips for 2021
What Is a Trojan Horse Attack? Plus 3 Prevention Tips for 2021
In The Aeneid, the story of the Trojan War, a group of Greek soldiers hide inside a massive wooden horse as the rest of their army sails away. The Trojan army, thinking the horse to be a gift of surrender, brings the structure ins...
Evan Porter by Evan Porter December 28, 2019
What Is a Computer Worm? Tips to Protect Your PC in 2021
What Is a Computer Worm? Tips to Protect Your PC in 2021
There are dozens of different kinds of malware: viruses, Trojans, bots, ransomware, and plenty more. All of them can wreak absolute havoc on your computer if you’re not protected. One of the most nefarious of the bunch is the clas...
Evan Porter by Evan Porter December 28, 2019
What is Phishing? 7 Tips to Stay Safe in 2021
What is Phishing? 7 Tips to Stay Safe in 2021
While some hackers use stealth methods like infecting your computer with malware to steal your most valuable info, others simply ask for it up front. This practice is called “phishing” and  it’s one of the most effective methods f...
Evan Porter by Evan Porter December 28, 2019
What is Hacking? Examples and Safety Tips for 2021
What is Hacking? Examples and Safety Tips for 2021

We’re all familiar with how hackers are displayed in movies. Brooding criminals in hoodies, frantically hammering lines of code into a computer in order to break through complex security systems.

We know that, in real life, too, hackers are a major threat to our safety.

But what exactly is hacking?

Evan Porter by Evan Porter December 27, 2019
What is Antivirus Software, and Do You Really Need it in 2021?
What is Antivirus Software, and Do You Really Need it in 2021?
Contracting a computer virus can be devastating to the data on your PC or mobile device. Passwords stolen, bank accounts hacked, and personal, private info locked and held for ransom by hackers – these are just some of the problem...
Evan Porter by Evan Porter December 27, 2019
What is the Cryptolocker Ransomware Virus and How to Easily Avoid It in 2021
What is the Cryptolocker Ransomware Virus and How to Easily Avoid It in 2021

If you’ve recently logged on to your computer, only to find all of your personal files encrypted and being held quite literally for ransom, you may have been victimized by the CryptoLocker ransomware virus or a similar piece of malware.

Unfortunately, dealing with ransomware isn’t an easy task. The best course of action is obviously to prevent your computer from becoming infected in the first place.

But if it’s already too late then this guide will help you learn how to prevent ransomware attacks like CryptoLocker from compromising your files, while providing a few tips for how you can try to recover your files after an attack – without paying the hackers.

Evan Porter by Evan Porter December 26, 2019