Author: Nikki Junker

Internet Safety Month

June Is Internet Safety Month

There’s a lot to celebrate about June: the end of the school year, Father’s Day, the start of summer vacations. And with so many great things to celebrate, it’s easy to see why most people overlook the festivities surrounding Internet Safety Month. While you’re free to celebrate this important event by throwing a party, there are some more useful ways to observe this important holiday.

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Online Dating and Pubic WiFi: How Secure Is It?

You never want to share sensitive information like online banking accounts or credit card portals over unsecured public web connections, but the truth is online dating profiles can often contain just as much data as either of those. In fact, your online dating profile—if falling into the hands of a hacker—can cause far more personal safety problems than your banking data. After all, with online banking a thief just gains access to your checking account; with online dating data, a criminal could gain access to your home address, your workplace, any children’s or family members’ names, and more.

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Tips to Protect Your Digital Identity

Within the last decade, our senses of self and identity have made a major shift.  Whether we’ve noticed it or not, the items that used to define our identities have gone from hard copy items, such as birth certificates and Social Security cards, to online banking passwords, Facebook logins, and mobile wallets stored in our smartphones.  While we still need to safeguard and protect those hard copy documents, we also have to focus on our digital identities.

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Why the Delay? 3 Simple Steps to Protect Your Password Today

Last week brought us the story of a Russian cybergang that hacked into the ownership of 1.2 billion usernames and passwords. Last week also presented me with the most obvious demonstration of aloofness to how people view their personal information.

So just how technologically savvy do you need to be to take one of the strongest measures available to protect your personal information? Well, let’s just say I would bet money that you can do it.

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Information Aggregator Websites: Truth, Trust, and Privacy

How do you discern how truthful something is when it is online? This is something to consider when thinking about individual background checks using data aggregator websites. The information is all taken from the public records, and therefore readily available to anyone who wants it.

But what is the true value and accuracy of the data they are reporting? And how can these sites impact your privacy?

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The Convenience Factor: Easy For You Means Easy for Hackers

Consumers like convenience and technology thrives on their desire to make life easier. When a task is seamless and simple, the rewards tend to outweigh the risk in the eyes of the consumer. Keep reading to learn why security should never take a back seat just because it might seem inconvenient!

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Beware of the Vacation Overshare

So you are headed to the Bahamas next week and you want to make sure everyone knows how much fun you are having. However, you may want to think twice before posting that picture of you relaxing in the sun on a white sand beach.  There are a few reasons you may want to refrain from immediately posting every wondrous moment of your hard-earned vacation.

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10 Identity Theft Protection Tips from the ITRC

While there is no way to completely prevent identity theft from happening to you, there are many ways you can minimize your risk. Keeping this goal in mind, the Identity Theft Resource Center developed these 10 ID Theft Protection Tips to help you protect yourself from identity theft.

Read on to discover what steps you can take to step your identity safe.

Twitter Chat Sponsored by ITRC and PRIVATE WiFi Raises Awareness of Public WiFi Dangers

Earlier this month, PRIVATE WiFi and The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) co-hosted the monthly ID Theft Twitter Chat. The ITRC hosts these monthly events in an effort to engage consumers in discussion about the issues surrounding identity theft. As the ITRC believes that cyber security is an important part of protecting from identity theft, the issue of public WiFi is of of utmost importance. Many of the participants felt as strongly about the risks of WiFi usage and there was a lot of great input.

Read on to discover the highlights of the chat.