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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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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control Of 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 a number of social networking sites and tools available online, and most of us use at least one. While what you share on social media is your decision, what others choose to do with your information — once they have it — is out of your control. Social media can leave…

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Avoid Phishing This Holiday Weekend!

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, the season to enjoy some downtime with family and friends. As you relax, remember not to let your guard down when it comes to “phishing.” Phishing, or the deceitful practice of sending an email designed to entice the user to click on a malicious link or attachment, is one of the most common forms of social attack. In their quest to obtain confidential or personal information for…

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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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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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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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Happy Halloween!

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Halloween is a celebrated by people of all ages. And by following a few simple tips, you can help ensure that your Halloween is safe and “spooktacular!” Take a moment to review these reminders from our friends at PropertyCasualty360. Enjoy the holiday!  

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Three things to do before getting rid of your old device

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This post originally appeared in Equipment Connection, the Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Company’s (HSB) blog. It was authored by Monique Ferrarro, Cyber Practice Counsel at HSB, in collaboration with Gerry D’Agostino, Market Development Consultant at HSB. So, you bought a new smartphone or replaced your outdated computer. What should you do with the old ones? Since your data is stored on the hard drive, you need to dispose of the device safely. Otherwise, you may open yourself…

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Mobile App Safety and Security

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This post originally appeared in Equipment Connection, the Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Company’s (HSB) blog. It was authored by Monique Ferrarro, Cyber Practice Counsel at HSB. More people today access the Internet from smartphones and tablets than from desktops or laptops, and many times this use is through downloaded applications, better known as “apps.” U.S. consumers spend five hours per day on mobile devices and 85% of that time is spent on apps. Because we spend…

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