Category Archives: Security and Safe Computing

What is malware?

Malware is software used to perform malicious actions.  You may have recently heard about one type of malware called ransomware during the WannaCry attack.  Read an in-depth analysis of WannaCry.  There are several actions you can take to help protect against malware attacks.  One action is thinking before clicking on attachments or links in unsolicited ...

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Remember passwords easily with passphrases

We already know the common best practices when it comes to passwords like creating a long password, using a unique password for each account, and changing passwords often.  But... how do we remember all of these long, unique, and changing passwords?  If you are not using a password manager like LastPass consider using passphrases to ...

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Parking ticket phishing email


A new phishing email is appearing in inboxes, urging users to pay a parking ticket.  Below is an example of the email with suspicious areas highlighted. Example of a recent parking fine phishing email Suspicious areas 1. From name and email The from name is generic and does not identify a particular police department.  The from email does not ...

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Hello spring, goodbye digital clutter

Digital Spring Cleaning

Just as our lives can get cluttered with physical stuff, our digital lives can also benefit from some spring cleaning. Use the tips below to help clear your devices and make sure you are still using secure online practices. TIP #1 – Remove unused apps "Clean" your mobile devices by deleting unused apps. Not only do they ...

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Constantly connected: From cars to refrigerators


  Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) wants us to think about our continuously connected lives and the role cyber security plays in making sure these connections are secure.  Consider the number of devices that can connect to the Internet through Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks.  Gadgets like smartphones, smart TVs and even ...

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Cybercrime prevention tips


Welcome to week 3 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)!  This week seeks to highlight how to recognize and combat cybercrime.  Online crime has become a growing issue in our always-connected world, but there are steps we can take to help prevent ourselves from becoming victims of cybercrime. 1. Review account statements regularly Reviewing bank, credit, ...

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Cyber security in the workplace


Welcome to week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and its focus on creating a cyber security culture in the workplace. Both private and public sector organizations should realize their employees need to be constantly thinking about cyber security as they log into online systems, perform simple tasks like checking emails, and as they ...

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3 basic online safety tips


Week 1 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) focuses on the basic steps to online safety and security.  All digital citizens should be aware and understand good cybersecurity practices to protect against identity theft and scams.  Here are three simple tips. 1. Close pop-up windows safely Pop-up windows can suddenly appear as you are surfing the ...

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The rise of ransomware

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The beginning of March saw the first case of ransomware successfully attacking Apple computers. According to a CNN Money report, Palo Alto Networks spotted ransomware KeRanger on OS X on March 4 and promptly notified Apple. Even though Apple rectified the situation to prevent further infections of KeRanger, it’s important to understand ransomware and what ...

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Online privacy tips


January 28th is Data Privacy Day (DPD).  Coordinated by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), it is a day set aside to promote the importance of online privacy and protecting personal information.  The theme for DPD is "Respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust."  Celebrate DPD by reading the tips below for protecting online privacy. Only reveal ...

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