The Stay Safe Online Blog

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.
Feb 25, 2010 10:33am
Today, the National Cyber Security Alliance released the 2010 State of Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and Cybersecurity Curriculum in the U.S., which explores teacher, school administrator, and school technology coordinator attitudes toward teaching cyber education topics, what is actually being taught in classrooms, and the level of professional development teachers are receiving in order to teach these topics.
Feb 17, 2010 10:31am
A recent study, Online Reputation in a Connected World by Cross-Tab Marketing Research on behalf of Microsoft (disclaimer Microsoft is an NCSA sponsoring company) finds that more and more companies are conducting online research into a candidate's reputation. Of the U.S. recruiters (study also surveyed recruiters in other countries) and HR professionals surveyed, 70% say they have rejected candidates based on information they found online.
Jan 4, 2010 2:31pm
What does stalking have to with cybersecurity? Quite a bit.
Dec 5, 2009 5:30pm
Of the many online safety resources available for parents and kids, the Federal Trade Commission's web resources are some of the best. Two new FTC resources continue their efforts to bring useable, comprehensive information to consumers.
Nov 23, 2009 2:29pm
A recent New York Times article, Hacked E-Mails Fuel Climate Change Skeptics reports on the public disclosure of emails between scientists in engaged in climate change research in the United Kingdom and the U.S.
Nov 9, 2009 8:28am
At NCSA our goal is to reach all users with education and awareness messages about cyber security. One target audience is college age (17-25) young people.
Oct 31, 2009 11:26am
Thirty-one days has October and every one was put to good use this year during National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It was far and away the best one ever. It will take a while to compile all the results but we do know the hits to our website at least tripled and that organizations and companies endorsing the month also tripled.
Oct 29, 2009 1:25pm
Earlier this month, almost 100 people were charged in the U.S. and Egypt as co-conspirators in a phishing ring that managed to siphon off almost $1.5 million from customers of Bank of America and Wells Fargo since 2007. The same week, FBI director Robert Mueller admitted he had almost fallen victim himself to a phishing scam. Score two points for the good guys.
Oct 27, 2009 10:23am
Today, the National Cyber Security Alliance released its firststudy on the cyber security practices of small and medium size businesses (SMBs).
Oct 16, 2009 12:21pm
The White House has released a video from President Obama promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The President discusses the theme of our shared responsibility as well as specific cybersecurity tips for all Americans.
Oct 7, 2009 3:19pm
Canada recently announced it is using October as a platform for Cyber Security Awareness Month activities.
Oct 2, 2009 8:18am
President Obama, who has championed cybersecurity since taking office, yesterday proclaimed that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Sep 30, 2009 2:17pm
On the eve of National Cyber Security Awareness Month the Senate passed Resolution 285 supporting efforts to make the citizens more aware of how to secure the Internet and in support of national Cyber Secuirty Awareness Month.
Aug 31, 2009 8:16am
Do you know what happened on September 2, 1969 just 53 days after Apollo 11 landed on the moon and why it's an important date in Internet history? Well, you should. We all should.
Aug 17, 2009 10:14am
We usually measure how far the digital world has come into our lives through big statistics, such as the number of users on social network sites or the amount of commerce conducted over the Internet. Sometimes there are better measures.

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