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Carmen Duarte

How to be safer when using public WiFi

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This article was originally published on HSB Whistlestop, Hartford Steam Boiler’s e-newsletter. Public Wi-Fi spots are everywhere these days. They’re convenient, especially when you’re on the go, but they could also leave your information vulnerable. Here are some tips to stay safer if you use public Wi-Fi. Avoid accessing confidential information When connected to public Wi-Fi, don’t log on to banking or similar apps, and don’t use apps or sites that involve personal, sensitive or confidential…

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Medical Technology Solutions: One Form for First- and Third-Party Coverages

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We’re excited to let you know about our new modular product designed to address life science companies’ exposure to products-completed operations, professional, information risk and communication liability risks. Through a menu-driven approach, customers can customize their solution from our broad array of first- and third-party coverages with a common set of easy-to-read definitions, conditions and exclusions. And with many imbedded coverages, you’ll require fewer endorsements to achieve the comprehensive insurance program your clients require. MedTech…

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One-Third of consumers notified their data was breached

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This article was originally published on HSB Whistlestop, Hartford Steam Boiler’s e-newsletter. About one-third of U.S. consumers (34 percent) have been notified that their data has been breached and one in five have been the victim of identity theft, according to a cyber survey released by Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB). It’s a growing problem The nationwide poll, conducted for HSB by Zogby Analytics, reflects the growing risks for consumers as more of their personally identifying…

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Tax Season Prompts Phishing Expeditions

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As the April 16 tax filing deadline approaches, there has been an uptick in phishing scams targeting consumers along with HR managers. This corporate angle features emails supposedly from company executives soliciting employee W2s along with other sensitive payroll information. Please be mindful of this aggressive campaign and refer to these IRS tips as a potential resource. Any such email requests should be considered suspicious and followed-up with an email or phone call to verify the sender’s identity….

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Recreational Drones: What You Need to Know

By | OneBeacon Technology Insurance, Risk control | No Comments

This post was authored by Elizabeth Marazzo, OneBeacon Risk Control Technology Specialist. Adoption of drones–or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)–has expanded across industries and recreationally in recent years. This proliferation has necessitated FAA regulations for public safety. However, these regulations are seen as a hurdle by drone owners and operators because of the mandated restrictions. Manufacturers also claim it has hindered market growth. The most prevalent of these restrictions is known as the “line of sight rule”…

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What is private data and how can you help protect it?

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This post originally appeared in Equipment Connection, the Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Company’s (HSB) blog authored by Monique Ferrarro, Cyber Practice Counsel at HSB, . Data Privacy Day is observed annually on January 28th. The purpose of this day is to increase awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices among consumers, organizations and anyone who deals with private information. Hartford Steam Boiler is proud to be a National Cyber Security Alliance Data Privacy Day Champion for the…

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Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers

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The New York Times has reported that computer security experts have discovered two major security flaws in the microprocessors inside nearly all of the world’s computers. The two problems, called Meltdown and Spectre, could allow hackers to steal the entire memory contents of computers, including mobile devices, personal computers and servers running in so-called cloud computer networks. Read the full article here.

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Happy New Year!

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We hope your holidays were festive and that you enjoyed some downtime with family and friends. As we welcome the New Year, it’s always interesting to consider the past 12 months. We found this Google look-back a compelling view of the year’s events, and a reminder of how digital resources are ever-present in our daily lives. We hope you enjoy The Year in Search 2017. All the best in 2018!

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Safer Cyber Shopping

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This post originally appeared in Equipment Connection, the Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Company’s (HSB) blog authored by Monique Ferrarro, Cyber Practice Counsel at HSB, . Statistics show that shoppers are purchasing online at least once a month and surfing weekly for deals. Cyber Monday 2017 (November 27, 2017) was expected to be the biggest shopping day in history. It’s clear many of us are comfortable shopping online, but maybe we’re a little too comfortable. Cybercriminals are more sophisticated…

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Safety First: Major Recall of Kidde Portable Fire Extinguishers

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Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of roughly 40.5 million Kidde portable fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. (37.8 million units) and Canada (2.7 million units).  The recall involves 134 different models manufactured between Jan 1, 1972 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde extinguishers are commonly sold for residential, vehicle and sometimes commercial use. Background This recall involves…

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