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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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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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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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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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Please Join Us in Kansas City, MO — Product Fair: 9.28.17

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Kansas City, MO producers! We are hosting a OneBeacon Insurance Group Product Fair on Thursday, September 28. Please join us for  continental breakfast and networking to learn more about products and services from nine OneBeacon businesses, including OneBeacon Technology Insurance. Just click through to register; we look forward to seeing you! Date:     Thursday, 9.28.17 Time:    8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Place:    The Hampton Inn & Suites-Country Club Plaza; 4600 Summit Street; Kansas…

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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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Vulnerability Strikes Again: Broadcom WiFi chip likely used in your smartphone

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This post was authored by guest blogger Tushar Nandwana – OneBeacon Technology Risk Control Specialist. At the recent BlackHat security conference, a researcher named Nitay Artenstein from Exodus Intelligence disclosed a major security vulnerability called Broadpwn that would have affected 1 billion smartphones–on both the Android and Apple iOS operating systems. This far-reaching risk includes all iPhones since iPhone 5, Google Nexus (5, 6, 6X and 6P), Samsung Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy (S3 to…

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