Anyone who’s spent any time around the internet has probably heard of phishing emails, or those really strange messages that try to get you to click a link or reveal personal information about yourself, or may even go so far as to try to get you to make payments of some kind. They’re usually pretty far-fetched and the grammar is often laughable; thanks to those facets and to public awareness of the problem, most people can recognize a phishing attempt when they see one.

When the social media site Snapchat first appeared on the internet, it didn’t take long for its built-in appeal to become obvious to its hordes of mostly younger users. In essence, Snapchat worked by letting users send a “snap,” which was a message, video, or image that would completely disappear after a matter of seconds. Even the site’s developers have admitted that the appeal of the platform was its ability to let users send compromising content to their friends while enjoying the safety of knowing that the content couldn’t be stored or shared. This made the site an overnight success in terms of the increasingly popular practice of “sexting,” or sending nude images or suggestive texts to someone, knowing that the recipient couldn’t use the content in a malicious way.

One of the touchiest subjects concerning the use of technology in any workplace has got to be the policies concerning social media use and private account use. With the rise in popularity of bring your own device initiatives, some managers and supervisors have wondered about the legality of blocking certain websites or issuing mandates against certain online behaviors in the workplace. But there are plenty of good reasons to have a cautious policy in place, and even better reasons to make sure that everyone is on board.

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and this week’s theme is Secure Development of IT Products. What does that mean to consumers? It means working to protect technology and personal data through better standards for product design, and a better awareness of the behaviors that lead to a data breach. With news this year of several different vulnerabilities in operating systems and the breaches of several major corporations that leaked millions of consumers’ personal information each, it stands to reason that better IT protocols need to be put in place.

If you are a business owner or consumer, it's time to mark your calendar for National Cyber Security Awareness Month to educate yourself, employees and your customers on the latest identity-theft and cybersecurity trends.

This cybersecurity effort offers tremendous resources to help you know more and better protect yourself and your business.

The Heartbleed security flaw from a few months ago may have put everyone on edge about internet security, and it’s a good thing it did. The response to the most recent bug has been a lot more low-key, possibly because we were all a little more prepared for it, even while it seems to have affected potentially more users than Heartbleed.

If you’re like most people, you may not think much about cyber security until an incident or event causes you to have to revisit your personal data’s safety. But October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and this is a great time to put forth a little extra effort in making sure that you and your loved ones are as safe as possible and that your personally identifiable information is secure.


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