From Facebook, through iPhones and Androids, to Macs – make the safest start to 2015!

Are you looking to turn over a new security leaf yourself in 2015, or trying to convince your friends and family to do so?

Here are three of our most popular – and, ironically in one case, also the most controversial! – articles of tips from 2014.


Facebook is still the 200kg gorilla of social networking, and it’s still a place where people give away more than they need, and often more than they intended.

Whether you love or hate The Zuck, his company has been paying attention to privacy issues in the past year.

Facebook even introduced a cartoon “privacy dinosaur” to warn you when the company thinks you’re about to share personal information too widely.

We’re still not sure whether a dinosaur was quite the right metaphor, but it’s cute enough:

Learn more about the privacy and security settings we think you should be using on Facebook, so you can join in the fun without giving away too much.

Read: 5 tips to make your Facebook account safer


Mobile malware turned 10 this year, which was a bit of a surprise to many people.

The good news is that the crooks haven’t yet got very far in the money-making game, but the bad news is that they’ve had a decade of trying.

They are now learning that simply copying the sort of attack vectors that work on desktop computers will probably bring results on mobile devices, too.

Even worse, recent research showed that mobile apps, including online banking apps, sometimes aren’t programmed as safely and securely as their desktop equivalents.

Learn how to take back control of your mobile device, so you can enjoy the convenience without increasing your risk.

Read: Are you safe against mobile threats? Check out our tips for keeping the crooks away…


Even if you don’t have a Mac yourself, you probably know someone who does, and they probably love it.

You’ve probably also heard both sides of the Mac security debate.

Some insist that they are more secure by design, and thus immune to the sorts of cybercrookery that would shatter Windows in seconds.

Others say that they are “secure” merely by luck, because the crooks haven’t got round to attacking OS X yet.

The truth is somewhere in the middle: Mac users are at lower risk right now than their Windows brethren, but they ignore computer security at their peril.

Learn how to keep your Mac (or your friend’s Mac) safe.

Read: Try these five tips for better Mac security

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