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- September 2013 – Social Networking Sites: Security and Privacy IssuesRecent hacks involving several high-profile social networking accounts once again highlight the potential vulnerability of social media. The sheer volume of users and the information that gets posted on social media sites create plenty of opportunity for an attacker to use social engineering or other methods to gain access to the accounts of individuals and organizations. The more information you post, the more your security and privacy are at risk.
- February 2012 – Securing Your Web BrowserThe web browser is a software application that allows you to view and interact with content on a webpage, such as text, graphics or other material. Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari are some of the most commonly used browsers. Plug-ins, also known as add-ons, are applications that extend the functionality of browsers. Some of the plug-ins you may be familiar with include Flash Player, Java, Media Player, QuickTime Player, Shockwave Player, RealOne Player and Acrobat Reader. Certain plug-ins may be required to view content depending on how a web page is designed.
- December 2015 – Getting Your Device and Checking It TwiceIn last month’s newsletter, we talked about how you can minimize your risk of identity theft and malicious cyber activity while doing your online holiday shopping. In this month’s issue, we’ll focus on another aspect of the holiday season: that new device you get or give during the holidays. Whether it’s a smartphone, laptop, desktop, tablet, or another device, check out the below tips to help protect your new technology and secure your personal data.
- November 2012 – Tips for Secure Shopping Online During the Holiday SeasonCyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) and online shopping throughout the entire holiday season have become increasingly popular in recent years, and the trend is expected to continue this season. According to MarketLive, an e-commerce software and solutions provider, online shoppers in the U.S. are projected to spend more than $54 billion this holiday season, nearly a 17 percent increase over the $47 billion spent last year. The increase in online shopping coincides with an increase in mobile device use, and more shoppers will be using special holiday smartphone apps to find the best deals.
- February 2013 – How Do I Protect the Information on My Smartphone?We’ve come to depend on our smartphones so heavily it is hard to remember what we did before we had them. If you have a smartphone, you now carry a fully functional computer in your pocket or purse. That’s a tremendous amount of information at your fingertips! Therefore, it is paramount that you safeguard the smartphone.
- September 2014 – Social Media Scams – Spot Them Beforehand!The use of social media has exploded, with 255 million active users on Twitter and more than 1.2 billon on Facebook. Unfortunately, so too have the scams and attacks that target social media. Criminals are taking advantage of the increasing number of users and the enormous amount of information exchanged.
- June 2013 – Keeping Senior Citizens Safe OnlineSenior citizens are embracing the digital age in greater numbers every year. Fifty-three percent of adults ages 65 and older now use the Internet and online tools such as email, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Among those Internet users, seventy percent report going online daily. Not surprisingly, the Internet offers many benefits to older Americans, including the ability to better stay in touch with family members, near and far and across generations. A 2012 study by Microsoft and AARP found that online communication often was credited for improving dialogue among family members. The Internet helps senior citizens connect with society, bringing vital information and resources to them. For instance, they can bank and shop from the convenience of their homes. There are many sites geared toward the needs and interests of senior citizens, and growth of such sites is expected to continue.
- July 2012 – Managing Your Digital Footprint: Think Before You PostIf you’re not familiar with the phrase “digital footprint”, it’s important that you become aware of what it is and how it impacts you. Digital footprint refers to the compilation of content on the Internet that can be associated with you and, thus, potentially available by anyone performing a search on you. The list of possible content visible online is endless: your family videos on YouTube, your comments on a news article or blog, vacation photos on Flickr, your posts on Facebook and Twitter.
- November 2013 – Cyber Monday and Online Shopping Season: What You Need to Know to Protect YourselfOnline holiday shopping continues to grow in popularity. According to American Express, for the first time, more people are expected to shop online on Cyber Monday than visit brick and mortar stores on Black Friday. Shoppers are expected to spend nearly $62 billion online throughout the holiday season this year, up more than 15% from 2012.
- November 2015 – Safe Online Holiday ShoppingIt’s that time of year again – food, fun, parties, and lots of online shopping. Online shopping can be a savior, allowing you to find the perfect gift while saving time, but it can also end with identity theft, malware on your computer, and other cyber unpleasantness. Rather than letting it ruin your holiday season, you can take a few simple security precautions, and be careful where you shop, to help reduce the chances of you being a cyber victim.