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Have a Cyber Safe Summer!

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It’s the first day of summer – and by now, school’s out and students are free to spend even more time on electronic devices. This may be the perfect time to have a “cyber safety” conversation and encourage careful online behavior. According to SavvyCyberKids.org: 92% of teens are online daily, including 24% who are almost constantly online. 92% of two-year olds in the United States have an online record. Children are often introduced to electronic devices…

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BlueKeep Cyber Vulnerabilities Persist: Stay Security Safe!

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It’s been a month since Microsoft issued warnings about BlueKeep vulnerabilities affecting older versions of its Windows operating system. Ongoing warnings about its “wormable” pattern persist, meaning it is susceptible for exploitation. Microsoft has been comparing this vulnerability to the WannaCry event that spread globally, affecting millions of computers in 2017. We encourage you to ensure that your IT team has thoroughly reviewed your network and is patching any affected systems promptly. We are also…

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Hurricanes, Before and After

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This article was authored by Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB) and originally published on their online Knowledge Center.  Planning for a Hurricane Take action now to help protect equipment and prevent property damage. Wind: A hurricane is defined and classified by wind velocity. Any hurricane force wind is capable of doing damage to structures and exposed equipment. Every structure and exposed equipment item should be evaluated as to its susceptibility to hurricane damage. It is best…

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Reduce Security Risks with Digital Spring Cleaning

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Spring is here! This means it’s time for some cleaning – and not your usual household cleaning. Keep in mind your computer and other electronic devices collect clutter overtime. Digital clutter can sometimes lead to a decrease in productivity, slow down the device, take up storage space and is a security liability. Storage capacity is constantly increasing and cloud storage is inexpensive making it easy to accumulate data. Old information and devices, in addition to…

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World Password Day is Thursday, May 2!

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The first Thursday in May has been designated World Password Day in an annual effort to promote better password habits.  Using the same passwords on multiple accounts, in addition to weak passwords, is less effective when it comes to protecting your identity, accounts and finances. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated, and security issues worsen with every data breach.  The ongoing flood of stolen passwords makes it increasingly easy for them to determine patterns and cross-reference…

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Traveling with Company-Issued Devices

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Traveling with Company-Issued Devices When traveling for business, we typically travel with company-issued devices such as laptops, mobile phones or tablets.  During these trips it is important to be mindful that your device could be targeted for access to both corporate and personal information. According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, economic espionage is a growing threat that costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars annually. Theft attempts by foreign competitors and…

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Beware: Apple Vishing Scam

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The tactics employed by internet scammers continue to become more sophisticated. Recently, KrebsOnSecurity reported a new phone-based scam that “spoofs” Apple Inc. and its customer service phone number for iPhone users. Spoofing disguises the caller’s identity by using fake caller ID information. This particular vishing scam starts with an automated phone call that displays Apple’s logo, correct address and their correct phone number. This scam warns about a data breach at the company, and requests…

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Stay Cyber Safe During the Holidays

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The holidays are in full swing—and for many of us, that means shopping! The reliance on online holiday shopping continues to grow, making it a very lucrative time for cyber criminals to “shop” for  your personal and financial information.  Be particularly vigilant this time of year, being careful for phishing and SMiShing scams, fake shopping web sites and charity scams. To help you be security smart over the coming weeks, here are some Online Shopping…

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The Password Paradigm: Better Safe than Sorry

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Leaving the key in the ignition of an unlocked car is an open invitation to a thief.  When it comes to cybersecurity, a weak password is the key that unlocks the door to your critical information. Startling Statistics According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged stolen and/or weak passwords.  The website HaveIBeenPwned reports that nearly 520 million passwords have been exposed in data breaches. Admittedly, the number of passwords…

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Back it Up: Two Ways to Avoid Losing Your Data

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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. There are many ways you can lose data from your computer or mobile devices, but the most common causes tend to be: Equipment or system failure, such as the hard drive crashing Human error, such as accidentally deleting files or dropping your phone Viruses and malware, with ransomware becoming a growing threat Anyone who has been the victim…

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