The Stay Safe Online Blog

Mar 23, 2015 7:25am
It's important to work just as hard at managing your public image on social media as you do in real life, if not even harder. This may sound daunting, but it's actually not as difficult as it sounds as long as you follow some common-sense precautions. Here are five general recommendations from Techboomers.com for how to keep your life on social media under control.
Mar 19, 2015 6:40am
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) recently held an event at Google's Washington, D.C. office to share the results of its whitepaper "Identity Theft: #1 Consumer Complaint 15 Consecutive Years," which offers additional insight on the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) 2014 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book.
Mar 13, 2015 11:37am
The closer we get to April 15, the more we'll be scampering around collecting receipts and crunching the numbers in hopes of receiving tax refunds. At the same time, cybercriminals and scammers will be working on ways to separate people from their hard-earned money. Learn how you can help prevent bad things from happening around the submission of your taxes.
Mar 11, 2015 1:08pm
Our personal information can be anything about us, including the comments, links and photos we post on social media. What we share on social networks can reveal information about our families, friends and acquaintances, and our posts can be used or taken out of context in surprising ways. #HasJustineLandedYet is a perfect example of why everyone should think before posting something online. This month's #ChatDPD Twitter chat offers tips from privacy experts on how to share with care and enjoy the full benefits of the Internet.
Mar 10, 2015 6:59am
A new Microsoft-sponsored study released today by the by the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) reveals data adults and especially parents should know. Across the globe, young people are taking and sharing nude photos and videos of themselves, and the behavior is being exhibited by even younger age groups. How do we react to these findings in a meaningful way?
Feb 26, 2015 7:21am
We're going to discuss some of the steps you can take to make your home network a little more secure. Nothing is 100% foolproof, but there are steps you can take - using a layered approach - that will improve your online security and reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
Feb 20, 2015 7:24am
The best way to tackle the wave of digital lawbreakers is to master the basics yourself. This quick guide to online safety will help you avoid becoming another victim in a long line of cybercrime and inspire confidence for you and your family to surf the Web safely.
Feb 18, 2015 7:12am
OnGuardOnline.gov has some tips to help you protect your laptop - and the valuable stuff on it.
Feb 10, 2015 8:21am
Valentine's Day is around the corner, and yes, romance is in the air. But the month of love also celebrates Safer Internet Day on Feb. 10. Show how much you care by sharing this short online safety Q&A with your loved one.
Feb 10, 2015 7:33am
This Safer Internet Day, learn how you can identify and avoid falling victim to phishing attacks.
Feb 6, 2015 6:44am
Almost anything we do can now be done over the Internet: pay bills, shop for appliances, go banking, apply for jobs or make appointments. But these websites with your personal information in their databases can be potential threats as well. So how can you protect your identity?
Feb 5, 2015 1:12pm
Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global initiative organized by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. This year, SID is on February 10. Join us as we talk about online safety for #SID2015 and what you can do year-round to keep yourself and your family safer and more secure online.
Feb 5, 2015 6:37am
Passwords have been used for thousands of years. They are still here today, though, and have proved their staying power.
Feb 2, 2015 10:50am
In honor of Data Privacy Day, NCSA and the Georgia Institute of Technology's Scheller College of Business and School of Interactive Computing held an interactive, lively and revealing conversation with leading technology and privacy experts. The discussion centered on the future of health privacy and the pioneering technologies that are changing the game.
Jan 30, 2015 9:03am
It may sound ridiculous at first, but a strategic deployment of the most common and visible form of personally identifiable information - the humble email address - might be enough to send a would-be identity thief packing to an easier mark.
Jan 28, 2015 6:36pm
Here are 10 ways to safeguard your information from the most common threats and vulnerabilities that put you, your family and your office at risk.
Jan 28, 2015 5:20pm
An anonymous, unnamed CEO for a popular transparency company whose mascot is a ghost is fond of saying "running a business these days would be easy - if it weren't for all the people and computers." It's a joke meant to add perspective to everyday problems - but it can also apply to just trying to comfortably exist in the "Information Age."
Jan 27, 2015 10:38am
We need to prioritize the importance of developing a comprehensive plan for data privacy and student learning - one that is thoughtful, balanced and comprehensive. We don't want to get this wrong. We can't. Too much is at stake for this and the next generation of students.
Jan 27, 2015 6:57am
It's time for a reality check: complete anonymity online is not possible. The myth distracts people from what they should really be looking for in privacy programs and services: transparency, trust, ease of use, performance and reliability.
Jan 26, 2015 7:46am
Data never dies. And data doesn't have a conscience - this immortal resource comes with significant risk. Time for a closer look.

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