The Stay Safe Online Blog

Aug 6, 2013 1:46pm
Sometimes, we overshare online, which could leave us vulnerable to identity theft and other cybercrimes. Guests from Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, Visa and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security helped share tips on how to protect your personal information and avoid "online TMI." The following transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Aug 4, 2013 11:55pm
Karen Clark of SecurityChoice.com looks at how pop culture, and one summer movie in particular, opens the door to talking to pre-teens and teens about safe online behavior.
Aug 1, 2013 9:40am
From Microsoft's BotnetBattles event July 24, Errol Weiss, director of Citi's Cyber Intelligence Center, and Richard Boscovich, assistant general counsel of Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, discussed how unique legal approaches to dismantling botnets is helping raise the cost of doing business for criminals.
Jul 25, 2013 9:30am
In recent years, the united efforts of industry and law enforcement to take down botnets have shown how public-private cooperation can make the Internet safer. Why this approach has been so effective - and why the cybersecurity community must keep it going - was the focus of "Botnet Battles: Public-Private Efforts to Disrupt Infected Zombie Networks," a panel discussion hosted July 24 by Microsoft. The event featured keynote remarks from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Crime and Terrorism.
Jul 18, 2013 2:27pm
STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the National Consumers League, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FCC, McAfee and other guests discussed ways to use the Internet and mobile devices safely and securely during the summer travel season. This is a partial transcript edited for clarity and brevity.
Jul 16, 2013 7:00am
McAfee blogger Taylor Tompkins looks at how to adjust the settings for downloading apps on some of today's most popular smartphones.
Jul 8, 2013 8:00am
Wi-Fi in airports, hotels, train stations, coffee shops and other public places may seem like an added perk and are convenient, but they’re often not secure and can leave you at risk.
Jun 29, 2013 12:10pm
NCSA executive director Michael Kaiser discusses why summertime is the right time to improve online safety behavior through the national cybersecurity education campaign, STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
Jun 27, 2013 7:05am
The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) hosted a KnowledgeNet forum, The Components of an Accountable Company Privacy Program and How to Implement It, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 26. The discussion was led by National Cyber Security Alliance board member David Hoffman (CIPP/US) and Chair of Data Privacy Day Dan Caprio.
Jun 26, 2013 7:14pm
Seniors are embracing the Internet in greater numbers each year. In recognition of Internet Safety Month, here are some online safety tips for older Americans from STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the national cybersecurity education and awareness campaign.
Jun 24, 2013 11:07am
Tech consultant Geoff Kenyon offers five ways to protect your personal information when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, including a digital security quiz to evaluate how well you safeguard your identity.
Jun 20, 2013 1:47pm
Schools are letting out for the summer and that means kids will have more time to be online and using mobile devices. ConnectSafely, McAfee, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other guests joined STOP. THINK. CONNECT. to discuss online safety tips. The following transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Jun 14, 2013 1:27pm
Tom Dolan examines how companies have confronted the challenge of reporting cyber incidents and the ongoing liabilities these incidents present.
Jun 13, 2013 1:30pm
The LGBT Technology Partnership, Microsoft and other guests joined STOP. THINK. CONNECT. to discuss online safety tips for LGBT communities in honor of Internet Safety Month and LGBT Pride Month. This transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Jun 10, 2013 9:30am
Philip Alexander, founder of Data Privacy Network, offers advice on how you can protect your identity and personal information while on summer vacation.
Jun 5, 2013 9:15am
A look at one surprising theme from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's June 5, 2013, workshop, "Mobile Security: Potential Threats and Solutions" -- the relative success of mitigating the impact of mobile malware on U.S. users, and how cybercriminals are adjusting to develop more successful methods of accessing mobile devices in the future.
Jun 5, 2013 7:00am
At NCSA, we want to make sure that you and your family do all they can to transition into a safer and more secure summer online. We're celebrating Internet Safety Month with two Twitter chats and by encouraging everyone to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
May 30, 2013 1:02pm
John Skorick, Founder and CEO of personal privacy company MyAKA.com, LLC, discusses how your mobile phone number can be an access point to invading your privacy, and methods to securing both.
May 16, 2013 1:30pm
Visa Security, the Consumer Federation of America and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission joined STOP. THINK. CONNECT. and other guests on Twitter for a chat about phishing attacks, one of the leading causes of hacked accounts and identity theft.
May 16, 2013 8:20am
We're excited to announce that we'll be working with the LGBT Technology Partnership to encourage greater awareness about online safety issues affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender communities.

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