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Resources for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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There are many ways you can protect yourself online, and October—National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—is the perfect time to learn about them. Continue reading

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Getting Help Dealing with Identity Theft

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The Federal Trade Commission provides valuable information about how to report and recover from identity theft. Continue reading

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“Petya” Ransomware Warning

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Earlier this week, a major cyberattack hit government agencies and businesses in Europe and around the world using a type of malware referred to as Petya. Petya is similar to the recent WannaCry attack in that it appears to infect computers with … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Location Information in Facebook

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Every time you use Facebook to check in at a restaurant or post a selfie at a popular landmark, you are sharing information about your current location with other Facebook users. While posting about your current status may help you … Continue reading

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What Are the Risks of Public Wifi?

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity issues. Take some time this month to brush up on your cybersecurity knowledge and protect your digital information. It is common practice to … Continue reading

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How To Tell If a Website Is Secure

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity issues. Take some time this month to brush up on your cybersecurity knowledge and protect your digital information. Before you enter personal information … Continue reading

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What Is Encryption?

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What is encryption? Encryption is a security measure that scrambles information so that it becomes unrecognizable. Decoding the gibberish requires a specific key. Encryption is used to protect data sent across networks, ensuring that the data can’t be tampered with in … Continue reading

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Clearing Up Misconceptions About What Makes a Strong Password

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Many people think they are creating strong passwords, when in reality they are making it relatively easy for hackers to infiltrate their accounts. Ensure that your password is as secure as possible by avoiding these common misconceptions: “Replacing letters or … Continue reading

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What Is Spyware?

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What is spyware? Spyware is loosely defined as a type of malicious software, also known as malware, that runs in the background of a computer, collecting private information and transmitting it to a third party without the user’s knowledge. How does spyware … Continue reading

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Security Recommendation: Lock Your Computer Screen

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Installing antivirus software and creating strong passwords are vital practices that will help keep your information secure. But even if you take these steps, you may be putting your information at risk without even realizing it. The easiest way to access … Continue reading

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