Kernels: How They Work in Operating Systems

Unbeknownst to most users, computer operating systems have a core section that loads before everything else. Known as a kernel, it plays a fundamental role in nearly all operating systems, including Windows. When you boot up your computer, the kernel will load first. Only after loading the kernel will you see the icons and files…

What Is Spoofing in Cybersecurity?

Cyber criminals use a myriad of techniques to carry out their digital attacks against unsuspecting victims. While you’re probably familiar with malware, including viruses and ransomware, a lesser-known cyber threat is spoofing. What is spoofing exactly, and how does it work? For a breakdown of this prevalent cyber threat, keep reading. Overview of Spoofing Spoofing…

A Crash Course on How Spyware Works

Whether you realize it or not, there are probably individuals and organizations that are tracking your online activities. Your web browser may contain cookies, for instance, that disclose your browsing activities to websites and online services. There’s also the possibility that your computer is infected with spyware, which can prove even more harmful to your…

Sleep vs Hibernation: Which Laptop Power Setting Is Best?

With their compact design, laptops are undoubtedly convenient and easy to use. The downside, however, is that many of them have a short battery life. If your laptop isn’t plugged into a wall outlet, it may run out of battery power relatively quickly. You can extend the battery life of your laptop, however, by using…

DoS vs DDoS Cyber Attack: What’s the Difference?

There are dozens of cyber threats facing small businesses today, two of the most common of which include denial-of-service (DoS) and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. During these otherwise common cyber attacks, a hacker will attempt to overwhelm a victim’s network by flooding it with requests. As the victim’s network becomes bogged down with requests, it…