Ryan Toohil

CTO at Aura

Ryan Toohil has a BS in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech and holds multiple patents in the web services domain. As the CTO at Aura, he leads the platform, information security, and corporate IT teams.

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Ryan Toohil

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Internet Security

Is a VPN Worth It? What To Know Before You Use One

A VPN alone can't protect you from phishing or malware; still, for the average user they can be useful. With other security tools, they’re more effective.

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April 3, 2024
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Internet Security

How To Remove Viruses From Your Computer (Mac and PC)

It’s important that you act quickly as soon as you see signs that your computer has been infected with a virus to limit damage and protect your identity.

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April 2, 2024
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Credit & Finance

Hacked Debit Card? 9 Ways To Protect Your Money

Most often, thieves “hack” debit cards with skimmers on POS terminals. Keeping a close eye on card statements, using contactless payments can help.

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March 18, 2024
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Fraud

The 10 Latest VPN Scams: Read This Before Buying

VPN scams can put your privacy, identity, and online accounts at risk. Learn how to avoid the latest VPN scams and find a VPN provider that’s safe to use.

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March 14, 2024
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Internet Security

Do I Need a VPN? 12 Reasons Why You Should Be Using a VPN

Is a VPN necessary in 2024? It depends. Learn the benefits (and downsides) of using a VPN, how to choose the right one for you, and how to stay safe online.

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March 13, 2024
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Internet Security

How To Stop Spam Emails (New Concise Guide)

If you simply opened a spam email, you may be in the clear. But if you clicked on a link, downloaded an attachment, or responded, be cautious.

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March 11, 2024