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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 So, you bought a new smartphone or replaced your outdated computer.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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Cybersecurity Smart

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People continue to be the #1 cybersecurity risk–and can be the weakest link in the communications chain. All the technology savvy in the world cannot prevent someone from inadvertently clicking on a link. Remember, you are the first and last line of defense in effective cybersecurity.  Here are some of the latest scams to watch out for: Fake Google Docs – A message arrives in your Gmail account stating someone wants to share a Google document…

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Protect Yourself From Ransomware Attacks

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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. It’s increasingly possible that a hacker could seize control of your computer or data and demand a payment to give it back. These so-called “ransomware” attacks have unfortunately become far more common nowadays, and they’re one more reason that individuals and businesses should redouble their efforts to protect and secure…

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Be Prepared: Fourth of July!

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As many of us prepare to celebrate July 4th, barbecues, swimming and fireworks are likely highlights! But while Independence Day celebrations can provide great summer memories, they can also be the most dangerous. Accidents can and do happen. So as the fun-filled weekend approaches, make sure you’re prepared for some of the risks associated with the holiday. Here are a few tips from our friends at Insurance Information Institute: July 4th is a popular vacation…

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Cloud Computing: Business Opportunity or Data Threat?

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This post was featured in Equipment Connection – the risk management blog authored by our partners at Hartford Steam Boiler. In today’s world, we are surrounded by and enjoying the benefits of advances in technology. As mechanical, electronic and information technologies evolve and intertwine, so do the risks of breakdown and security breaches. One of the most substantial trends impacting businesses today, is “cloud” computing. What is the cloud? Cloud computing can be loosely defined as: Outsourcing what would…

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Stop. Think. Connect.

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No, that’s not the new tagline for a virtual reality game set. It’s the theme-line used to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month (or “NCSAM”) observed each October. This collaboration by the public and private sectors is in its 13th year. NCSAM’s goal is simple: providing a broad range of resources to remind us all to carefully proceed online. For ready access to resources you can use to promote NCSAM in your community, we encourage…

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Electrical distribution systems need TLC, too!

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Every year, OneBeacon’s partners at The Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB) investigate numerous electrical distribution system failures. The primary reasons for these failures are loose or high resistance electrical connections, excessive moisture and lightning. To help you achieve reliable and uninterrupted service of your electrical distribution system, we are pleased to share HSB’s insights and suggestions. This reference piece – Maximize The Service Life Of Your Electrical Distribution System – is available on our website Safety…

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