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Detecting Fraud

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Review your bank, credit card and financial statements regularly to identify unauthorized activity. This is one of the most effective ways to quickly detect if your bank account, credit card or identity has been compromised.

Don't Lose That Device

Mon, 04/19/2021 - 08:00
Did you know you are 100 times more likely to lose a laptop or mobile devices than have it stolen? When you are traveling, always double-check to make sure you have your devices with you, such as when leaving airport security, exiting your taxi or check out of your hotel.

Digital Inheritance

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:00
What happens to our digital presence when we die or become incapacitated? Many of us have or know we should have a will and checklists of what loved ones need to know in the event of our passing. But what about all of our digital data and online accounts? Consider creating some type of digital will, often called a "Digital Inheritance" plan.

Secure Your Home Wi-Fi Network

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 08:00
Be aware of all the devices connected to your home network, including baby monitors, gaming consoles, TVs, appliances or even your car. Ensure all those devices are protected by a strong password and/or are running the latest version of their operating system.

Privacy

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 08:00
Privacy is more than just settings in your social media account or using the Tor Browser. Your data and actions are collected in a variety of ways. The more aware you are of just how much of your data is collected, the better you can protect it.

Recording Conference Calls

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 08:00
When hosting or attending conference calls, only record the call if you have prior permission, a work related need to record the call, and you make sure everyone on the call knows it will be recorded.

Messaging / Smishing Attacks

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 08:00
Cyber attackers can just as easily trick or fool you in messaging apps as they can in email. Be on the look-out for scams or attacks via apps such as Slack, Skype, WhatsApp or event simple text messaging. The most common clues are tremendous sense of urgency or curiosity.

Kids and Education

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 08:00
One of the most effective methods you can use to protect kids online is to talk to them. The younger you start talking to them, and they to you, the better. Hold regular conversations about online safety issues. If you don't know what your kids are doing or where to start, simply ask. Play the clueless parent and ask them to show you what the latest technologies are and how they use them. Quite often, kids love the idea of being the teacher and will open up.

Social Media Privacy Settings

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 08:00
Privacy settings on social networks can be confusing to configure and change often. Ultimately, if you do not want your parents or boss reading one of your posts, do not post the message or photo.

Privacy

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 08:00
Privacy is more than just settings in your social media account or using the Tor Browser. Your data and actions are collected in a variety of ways. The more aware you are of just how much of your data is collected, the better you can protect it.

Got Backups?

Fri, 03/26/2021 - 08:00
Eventually, we all have an accident or get hacked. And when we do, backups are often the only way to recover. Backups are cheap and easy; make sure you are backing up all of your personal information at home (such as family photos) on a regular basis.

Scamming Your Through Social Media

Thu, 03/25/2021 - 08:00
You may be aware that cyber attacks will try to trick you over the phone or through email using phishing attacks, but do you realize they may try to attack you also over social media channels, such as Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn? Just like in email, if you get any social media messages that are highly urgent or too good to be true, it may be an attack.

Search Yourself Online

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 08:00
Ever wonder just how much information is publicly available about you? Ever wonder how cyber criminals harvest information and customize attacks for their victims? The technique is called Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and it is far simpler and more powerful than you think.

Careers in Cybersecurity

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 08:00
Have you considered a career in cybersecurity? It is a fast-paced, highly dynamic field with a huge number of specialties to choose from, including forensics, endpoint security, critical infrastructure, incident response, secure coding, and awareness and training. In addition, a career in cybersecurity allows you to work almost anywhere in the world, with amazing benefits and an opportunity to make a real difference. However, the most exciting thing is you do NOT need a technical background, anyone can get started.

Smart Home Devices

Wed, 03/10/2021 - 08:00
Now adays most of us have numerous devices in our homes connect to the Internet. From thermostats and gaming consoles to baby monitors, door locks or even your car. Ensure you change the default passwords on these devices and enable automatic updating.

Phishing

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 08:00
Phishing is when an attacker attempts to fool you into clicking on a malicious link or opening an attachment in an email. Be suspicious of any email or online message that creates a strong sense of urgency, has bad spelling or addresses you as "Dear Customer."

You Are a Target

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 08:00
You may not realize it, but you are a target. Your computer, your work and personal accounts and your information are all highly valuable to cyber criminals. Be mindful that bad guys are out to get you.

Securing Your WiFi Access Point

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 08:00
The first step to creating a cybersecure home is to start by securing your WiFi Access Point. Change your WiFi Access Points default adminstrator password to something only you know. Many WiFi Access Points or WiFi routers are shipped with default administrator passwords that are publicly known and posted on the Internet. The first step to creating a cybersecure home is to start by securing your WiFi Access Point. Change your WiFi Access Points default adminstrator password to something only you know. Many WiFi Access Points or WiFi routers are shipped with default administrator passwords that are publicly known and posted on the Internet.

Email Auto-Complete

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 08:00
Be careful with email auto-complete. This is an email feature that automatically completes a name for you when you begin typing it in the TO field. However, your email client can easily complete the wrong name for you. If you are emailing anything sensitive, always be sure to check the TO field a second time before hitting the send button.

Ransomware

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 08:00
Ransomware is a special type of malware. Once it infected your computer, it encrypts all of your files and demands you pay a ransome if you want your files back. Be suspicious of any emails trying to trick you into opening infected attachments or click on malicious links, common sense is your best defense. In addition. backups are often the only way you can recover from ransomware.

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