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Phishing Warning (Netflix Scam)

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Recently, a new Netflix-themed phish campaign has been making the rounds. In this scam, users receive an email, appearing to be from Netflix, stating that their accounts are on hold due to issues with their billing information. Users who click … Continue reading

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Computer Processor Vulnerabilities (Meltdown and Spectre)

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Security researchers have identified hardware vulnerabilities that affect most computer processor chips, including those made by Intel, AMD, and ARM. The vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown or Spectre, could allow specially scripted programs to access information stored in your computer’s memory, … Continue reading

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Security Tips for the Holiday Season

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Cyber scammers don’t take breaks during the holidays, so remember to stay alert for phish, phony web sites, and other scams during the winter break. Check out this short video from the Sophos security news feed for some tips on what … Continue reading

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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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