Tag Archives: Safety

National Cyber Security Month

14 Oct

Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Month? Their message is to ” Stop. Think. Connect.” The National Cyber Security Alliance has created a website that features gaming, mobile, Internet and social networking safety tips for kids and parents.

http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam

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A Thin Line: Cyberbullying

3 Oct

Iin the classic movie Spinal Tap, David St. Hubbins said, “It's such a fine line between stupid, and clever.” The same stupidity and genius can be said with your interaction with others online.

MTV's ongoing “A Thin Line” project provides stories and resources for anyone who believes they are being cyberbullied or who is looking for ways to stop harassment by digital means. Take a quiz designed for guys through hosted by rapper Asher Roth or for girls from celebrity Michelle Trachtenberg. Discover your quiz score, Get the facts, take control and share your story.

If you or your family need help with online harassment then this project is good place to start.

http://www.athinline.org

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Clickjacking

23 Oct

Have you heard of Clickjacking? A friend of mine recently had it happen to him; don’t let it happen to you.

Clickjacking is when a hacker embeds code in a website, then a user clicks on it, and allows the hacker to take over their browser. Once in control, they can click any link without the knowledge of the browser user. If they can take over your browser when you walk away, imagine the possibilities.

So how do you protect yourself?

  1. First of all download a browser that has higher security features than Internet Explorer; I suggest Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Then download a Mozilla Add-on called “No Script” which will turn off off all suspicious code on websites. It is not easy to browse at first because you have to approve the content your want to see. If you don’t whitelist or approve areas on your screen, you will see nothing.

Is there anything else we can do to prevent Clickjacking?

Read more about Clickjacking

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The Next Generation of Chat

14 Oct

If you don’t have a web cam, then you are in a growing minority of computer owners. Now web cameras are built standard into most computers and if not they can be cheaply purchased. With the increase of broadband and the decline of dial-up Internet service, the ability to easily communicate via video on the web has increased two fold. With this new found speed of data, the quote from Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility” seems relevant.  Webcams create a new reality and safety measures should be considered.

For example, I stumbled upon Paltalk while I was searching for instant messaging programs. Paltalk is an all-in-one instant messaging, group video calls & chat room program. With this Swiss army knife program, now you are not only chatting with others online, you are utilizing your web camera to take it to the next level.

Teen Webcam Safety Tips:

  • Keep your computer in an open area
  • Check what new programs have been installed on computer
  • Establish what is appropriate to do and say online

Are you concerned about the impact of web cams and your teen? What steps do you take to ensure children are using them appropriately?

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Gadget Trak – Protection Worthwhile

11 Sep

You’ve done your research and purchased the best camera, computer or iPod on the market, but then it’s stolen. Now get piece of mind by protecting your prized electronic possession with Gadget Trak, so you can get them back.

What is Gadget Trak?

  • Program that allows you to login remotely to your device and take pictures of the thieves
  • Pay $13 year and you’re machine will contact you if it falls in the wrong hands.
  • Protect computers, ipods, etc…. by sending images across Internet

What do you think of this device? Would you purchase Gadget Trak?
http://www.gadgettrak.com/

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Wireless Worms

5 Mar

Are you using WIFI (a wireless connection on your computer)? When you stroll into the local StarBucks and tap into their FREE wireless internet connection you could be susceptible to a wireless worm. According to a new study, a computer virus can now be transmitted wirelessly.

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Laptop Security

21 Feb

More and more of us are trading in our desktops for laptops because they are inexpensive, portable and just more versatile. Everyone is working on them out in the open, which makes it that much easier for someone to it pickup and walk away with it. Stop your laptop from being stolen by protecting yourself with these simple tips.

1) Buy a lock.
There is a Universal Security Slot (USS) on the back of your computer that you can attach a cable and lock to it. Tie the cable around tie or a post. This is similar locking your bike up so the thief has to either cut it or unlock to take it.

2) Be aware of your surroundings.
Thieves work in pairs and create distractions behind you so they can take your computer in front of you.

3) Put your name on your laptop by engraving it, writing on the inside panel or hidden compartment with a permanent marker, or get asset tags from most print shops. These stickers aren’t that easy to remove.

4) Get a unique case, don’t use the standard case.
Try disguising your laptop in a backpack or another bag. Don’t use a bag with a big logo on it like Dell or HP.

5) Register your laptop and software.
If you register your computer and software online the moment you get it. If the thief one day attempts to upgrade it or get it serviced, you might get it back

Let us know if you have any other great tips to keep your laptop safe from thieves!

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Internet Safety Day

6 Feb

February 6 is Internet Safety Day, highlighting issues related to children and their experiences online.

Organized by the EU’s Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding, the day is intended to educate both adults and children. Events are being held in 31 countries, with schools and businesses working together to raise awareness regarding the dangers children face online.

This year, 20 European mobile phone companies have signed an agreement intended to offer greater protection for children using mobile phones.

Why hasn’t this day gotten more press in the United States? Should we be following Europe’s lead on these matters?

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Digital Medical Tango

22 Sep

How private is your medical history? I was recently visiting a friend in a local hospital and I discovered the hospital had just switched that day completely from paper medical records to digital records. They no longer will be using “paper” in their day-to-day operations. I noticed a group of doctors all standing around a computer in the hallway. I later found out that they were supposed to read the digital files on the computer in the patient’s room, but they didn’t want to because they usually read the files before they entered the room. This then lead all of the doctors crowding around the nurses’ computer in the hallway to read them before they entered the room. This incredible inadequacy of technology then created long delays for everyone.

What else will the medical switch to digital bring us? Besides the adjustment period for the medical staff, you as a patient should be concerned about the privacy of your information. One of the nurses proclaimed to me that with your medical history being digital your information will be easy to find on the net. She even stated that recently they opened up a site where you as a patient can log on and see your records and patient status. As we know from the Itsy Bitsy Spider article, any information that is put out on the net eventually we be discovered by search engines. Should we be concerned about your medical history being picked up even though it is being stated as being on a secure network?

I did have one sigh of relief when I recently went in for a check-up at my family doctor. He stated that they had just switched over to digital medical records but were transferring medical digital records the old fashioned way. They weren’t sending private records via email. This physician was burning the information to CDROM and then couriering them to other medical facilities. One of the staff members stated that they felt medical information is very private and this one step they were taking to keep it that way.

Medical facilities are finally getting on the digital bandwagon. On one hand going digital brings great convenience, however on the other hand it brings great responsibility. Let’s hope that medical facilities will take the right steps to protect patient’s rights.

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