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Major News Events

September 1, 2015 - 10:04pm
When a major news event happens, cyber criminals will take advantage of the incident and send phishing emails with a subject line related to the event. These phishing emails often include a link to malicious websites, an infected attachment or are a scam designed to trick you out of your money.

Browse With Encryption

August 31, 2015 - 10:03pm
When browsing online, encrypting your online activities is one of the best ways to protect yourself. Make sure your online connection is encrypted by making sure HTTPS is in the website address and that there is a green lock next to it.

Shopping Online

August 30, 2015 - 10:03pm
When shopping online, always use your credit cards instead of a debit card. If any fraud happens, it is far easier to recover your money from a credit card transaction. Gift cards and one-time-use credit card numbers are even more secure.

Two Home Computers

August 30, 2015 - 10:03pm
If possible, have two computers at home -- one for parents and one for kids. If you are sharing a computer, make sure you have separate accounts for everyone and that kids do not have privileged access.

Lock Your Mobile Devices

August 27, 2015 - 10:02pm
The number one step for protecting your mobile device is making sure it has a strong passcode or password lock on it so only you can access it.

Social Media Privacy Settings

August 23, 2015 - 9:59pm
Privacy settings on social networks have limited value. They are confusing to configure and change often. Ultimately, if you do not want your parents or boss reading it, do not post it.

Securely Disposing Mobile Devices

August 18, 2015 - 6:56pm
Do you plan on giving away or selling one of your older mobile devices? Make sure you wipe or reset your device before disposing of it. If you don't, the next person who owns it will have access to all of your accounts and personal information.

Patch and Update

August 11, 2015 - 9:49pm
One of the most effective ways you can protect your computer at home is to make sure both the operating system and your applications are patched and updated. Enable automatic updating whenever possible.

Bluetooth

August 10, 2015 - 9:48pm
Turn off Bluetooth if you are not using it on your computer or device. Not only does this make it more secure, but it also saves battery life.

Two-Step Verification

August 6, 2015 - 9:45pm
Two-step verification is one of the best steps you can take to secure any account. Two-step verification is when you require both a password and code sent to or generated by your mobile device. Examples of services that support two-step verification include Gmail, Dropbox and Twitter.