STOTW – Another Spam Tip

Want to avoid getting spammed after filling in an online form? Don’t use your primary email address. Having a secondary email account is handy when an email address is required for completing an online registration. Simply create an Outlook.com or Gmail account for this purpose, and avoid inviting a deluge of unwanted messages  to your […]

STOTW – The Dangers of P2P

To P2P or not to P2P. . .that is the question. What is P2P? P2P stands for peer-to-peer, and it is a popular means of networking a diverse number of computers together, typically for the purpose of sharing music or data files. If you have connected to services like BitTorrent or Limewire, you have been […]

STOTW – Making Passwords Stronger

To help make your passwords stronger and more secure, you can add complexity by including some special characters. Special characters that can be used include: !  “  #  $  %  &  ‘  (  )  *  + ,  –  .  /  :  ;  <  =  >  ?  @ [  \  ]  ^  _  `  {  |  […]

STOTW – PII Revisited

PII stands for Personally Identifiable Information. PII can include your: Full Name Birth Date Social Insurance # Credit Card #s Bank Account Info Student ID This is the type of information that identity thieves target so they can re-create your personal profile and impersonate you for fraudulent purposes. PII should always be treated as confidential, […]

STOTW – Encryption

When you store critical or confidential information, you should protect it via encryption. This is especially so if this data is stored on portable devices like laptops, USB sticks, or even smartphones. Good encryption software is readily available.  For example, VeraCrypt, is easy to install and use.  Best of all, it’s free! VeraCrypt gives you […]

STOTW – Shoulder Surfing

Ahh!  Surfing.  Riding the magic wave.  Grabbing some big air.  Hanging on for dear life. . .no not that kind of surfing.  This is about another type of surfing. “Shoulder surfing” happens when someone is looking over your shoulder while you are at your computer. For obvious reasons, this can become a real security issue […]

STOTW – Updating AV Software

An overwhelming number of new viruses and other malware are being created and released on a daily basis. With over 500,000 new samples of malware or variants detected each day, it is little wonder that malware has grown exponentially during the last few years. Having a good anti-virus/malware program protecting your computer is very important. […]

STOTW – Following Email Links

Clicking on links in unsolicited email is like accepting candy from strangers. Phishing attacks largely rely on luring people to follow links that lead them to malicious or compromised sites. Often, an unfortunate consequence of clicking on these links is the downloading and installation of malicious software such as Trojans and worms – all without […]

STOTW – Storing Data Safely

Do you have files and data that are saved locally on your computer? You will want to get into the habit of saving critical data and documents to your network drive (assuming you have one available to you). Why? If your desktop PC dies, or your laptop is stolen, any locally stored information will be […]

STOTW – Personal Information

Always be careful about where you post personally identifiable information (PII). PII can include your: Full Name Address Date of Birth S.I.N. Credit Card #s Malicious individuals are continually on the lookout for this type of information in order to steal your identity. Places where you might post personal info include: “Profile Assistant” Programs Web […]