The Stay Safe Online Blog

Dec 22, 2010 4:06pm
So you have done your homework on how to protect your computers and network, spent time and money on implementing security products, trained your staff, children, and spouse on the best practices and procedures to follow while surfing the web and using email, but what is your plan for managing the data residing on the retired equipment that you're disposing of?
Nov 23, 2010 9:03am
The NCSA would like to highlight a great new resource from ConnectSafely.org and the iKeepSafe Coalition called “A Parents' Guide to Facebook.” The 35-page guidebook, written by ConnectSafely co-directors Anne Collier and Larry Magid, both long time experts in online child safety, uses easy-to-follow illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and simple language to inform parents how they can help their kids use Facebook safely.
Nov 23, 2010 12:04pm
Today, NCSA and VISA announced the results of a survey of 1,000 American small businesses. The results are eye opening.
Nov 17, 2010 11:00am
(ISC)2, the world's largest information security professional body, has been a long-time supporter of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the goals of the National Cyber Security Alliance. We wish to thank the NCSA for their gracious invitation to have us post on their site today.
Nov 8, 2010 10:59am
When we released the results of the annual NCSA/Norton Online Safety Study a couple of weeks ago, there was a lot of data to sort through.
Oct 28, 2010 10:57am
NCSA and Norton by Symantec released their annual Online Safety Studysometimes referred to as the home user study.
Oct 26, 2010 3:55pm
Daily deal sites such as Groupon and Living Social now commonly pepper Facebook feeds and Pandora wallpaper ads. You may have seen some: “50% off Champagne brunch!” and “$80 in spa services for only $40!” While these daily deals are generally not scams, there are some pitfalls to be avoided.
Oct 4, 2010 10:53am
Today, at the launch of national Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an unprecedented coalition of government, industry and non-profit organizations launched the first-ever public awareness campaign for online safety: “STOP. THINK. CONNECT."
Oct 1, 2010 10:51am
Lawmakers who follow online gambling regulation typically fall into one of two camps — those who think online gambling should be illegal and those who think it should be regulated and taxed.
Sep 9, 2010 12:49pm
Google's Family Safety Center provides consumer-friendly insight on how families can enjoy their Internet experience safely and securely.
Sep 7, 2010 3:48pm
More travelers are using smartphones and are increasing their use of travel-related applications, according to data from the Ypartnership/Harrison Group .
Aug 27, 2010 2:46pm
One of the knock-on effects of the continued bad economy has been a surge in the number of online work-at-home scams reported on SiteJabber. In response to this, we have developed a few resources to help consumers avoid getting scammed.
Aug 10, 2010 10:45am
In a press release today, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the APWG announced the results of research we conducted in collaboration with as part of a joint effort to create a unified consumer message to stay safe and secure online.
Jul 23, 2010 10:43am
In recent weeks, unfair SLAPP lawsuits — in which businesses sue individuals for posting critical comments on consumer review websites — have taken center stage. The latest news is that one woman is being sued by a local Chicago concrete company for complaining about their service online. Now more than ever, it's critical that these suits — designed to intimidate and censor critics through costly legal action — be put to an end.
Jun 9, 2010 3:41pm
After a year of meetings and deliberations, the Online Safety and Technology Working Group sent to Congress the report Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group.
Jun 4, 2010 6:40pm
An astounding 70% (2008 survey by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates) of US consumers consult reviews or consumer ratings before making purchases. Whether you're buying a new digital camera, finding a new dentist, or researching an online pharmacy, user reviews can be a powerful tool to make better choices about which products and services to buy and from whom. However, reviews also have pitfalls. Below are four tips to safely and effectively use online reviews.
May 25, 2010 4:39pm
President Barack Obama has said that America faces “few more urgent challenges than preparing our children to compete in a global economy.” Being able to understand and make use of the world's vast telecommunications infrastructure is certainly part of that preparation. So it was no surprise when the White House issued its Cyberspace Policy Review last May that the document contained a call for the nation to “initiate a K-12 cybersecurity education program for digital safety, ethics, and security; expand university curricula; and set the conditions to create a competent workforce for the digital age.”
May 8, 2010 1:37pm
Critical to our success in protecting our digital assets is ensuring that young people consider and seek careers in cybersecurity. We need to build out our math and science curriculum in the K-12 years to ensure that high school graduates have the basic knowledge to build in college.
May 5, 2010 10:36am
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a sweeping new anti-bullying bill today that was developed in the wake of the suicide of Phoebe Prince, 15, who was the subject of continuous victimization at South Hadley High School. Nine students have been arrested in the case and await their fate in the criminal justice system.
Mar 22, 2010 6:34pm
Sexting, the sending of explicit photos via text message or email, is but the latest example of how new technologies can cause unintended social issues and leave our institutions—schools and law enforcement in this case—without adequate or reasonable policies to respond.

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