Safer Internet Day 2012 (SID2012) serves as great opportunity to remind ourselves of the need to exercise a bit of caution as we traverse the wired side of life. What impresses me the most is the multi-lingual, multi-topic approach taken to spread the message of how to stay safe online.
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Those who have followed my writing on the subject of Wi-Fi security know my passion for taking seemingly basic steps to keep one’s wireless activity safe and secure. In a recent survey conducted by the Wi-Fi Alliance 86% of all respondents had taken the appropriate steps to secure their routers, but only 56% had taken the step to create a “hard” password, thus making themselves vulnerable to dictionary attacks or the like. So take three basic steps to keep yourself Wi-Fi secure:Tags: #NCSAM, cyber security, encryption, https, national cyber security awareness month, NCSAM 2011, network, online safety, passwords, public networks, routers, safety, security, WI-FI, wi-fi alliance, wirelessNews, Online Safety, Safety & Security
What’s SMISH? SMISH is Short Message Service (SMS) Phish or in the lexicon of the day, Text Message Phishing. What’s phishing? Phishing is a criminal action where you are engaged by a third-party with the specific goal of you providing private and sensitive information for nefarious purposes. The difference between SMISH (SMS Phish) and Email Phish (Phish) is only the avenue by which you are engaged by the criminal. How does it work?Tags: #NCSAM, bank, credit card, Crime, criminal, mobile, national cyber security awareness month, online safety, Phish, safety, security, smish, sms, text, textingNews, Online Safety, Safety & Security
If you don’t maintain the health of your device then you should expect that your device will at some point in the future become compromised in some way, shape or form. What type of compromises may occur? How often? What can you do? Let’s answer these in order…Tags: #NCSAM, Crime, cyber security, data, Facebook, family, friends, internet, internet safety, iPad, iPhone, IPod, location based services, malware, mobile, national cyber security awareness month, online safety, PEW, privacy, safety, security, sexting, smartphone, sms, texting, videoNews, Online Safety, Safety & Security
Do you or your children participate in online gaming, using your PC, smart phone or game box? Then you need to make sure you understand what’s going on, especially behind the curtain, when you configure your “game” settings. Here are eight online security tips to keep you safe and secure.Tags: #NCSAM, cyber security, Facebook, family, friends, game-id, in-real-life, malware, national cyber security awareness month, online gaming, online safety, passwords, players, privacy, safety, security, userid, webcamNews, Online Safety, Safety & Security
Location based services are here to stay, have great viability and absolutely increase the interaction between individuals and merchants, as well as serve to identify individuals with similar interest. Know that well intentioned services have a positive side, but also may also be used to your detriment. If you are satisfied with the answers to the questions in today’s post, then make your decision to share or not to share.Tags: #NCSAM, cyber security, family, friends, internet, location based services, national cyber security awareness month, online safety, privacy, safety, securityNews, Online Safety, Safety & Security
Today marks the start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the United States. If you’re reading this piece you are on a social network and have a modicum of interest in your online security. Throughout the month (as I have for the past few years) I will be publishing snack size tips that you may wish to share (family, friends, colleagues, or whomever) so that all have a leg-up on keeping their online activities enjoyable, but also safe and secure.Tags: #NCSAM, cyber security, Facebook, family, friends, national cyber security awareness month, online safety, privacy, safety, securityNews, Online Safety, Safety & Security
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Detective Christopher Baughman of the Las Vegas Police Department in person and chatting with him about his book, “Off the Street.” (to be released September 2011). You see Detective Baughman is the lead for the Las Vegas PD’s Pandering Investigation Team, part of Las Vegas Vice, and his book details the team’s first case. His mild manner belays his internal fire to protect those who are unable to protect themselves. Our discussion ranged from technologies described in his book, to human trafficking situation in Las Vegas where literally hundreds of vulnerable children and adults are manipulated into the sex trade. I also asked his permission to share the review pre-publication, to which he agreed. Read more…
Exposed is a 10 minute drama about a 15 year old girl called Dee, who makes a very common mistake of sending via (SMS – text messaging) five photos of herself to her boyfriend, nude photos. This is called “Sexting”
The following appeared in the Canadian online magazine Security Matters: Location Based Services: Do you know where your data is? Do you know where your data is? By Christopher Burgess Everywhere you look, retailers and other entities are offering to collect your data using one of the many location-based services available to collate your whereabouts ...
On 15 September, the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security conducted a hearing on ”Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking” in the United States. (NB: A minor in the United States is an individual under the age of 18.) On ongoing issue in the United States which every year touches over 100,000 children. The sex trafficking and exploitation of ...
Today marks the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States. I urge you to take a moment each day to educate yourself, your family, your colleagues on the need to be vigilant, proactive and engaged with respect to protecting your online persona and also your business. Your personal data and privacy ...