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Your Money or Your Computer Files; Beware of Ransomware

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How many warnings have you seen about clicking on unfamiliar links or confirming emails to be sure the sender is a known and trusted source? Typically the goal is avoiding a computer virus, but today, we also need to consider digital pirates eager to seize computer files in exchange for a ransom fee. Sound far-fetched? Hardly; ransomware has been around since 1989 and has become more widespread in recent years. Furthermore, these digital pirates are…

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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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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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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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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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How to be Safer When Using Public WiFi

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  This post was featured in Equipment Connection – the risk management blog authored by our partners at Hartford Steam Boiler, authored by Norman Thoms. – Read more here. Public WiFi 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 WiFi. Avoid accessing confidential information When connected to public WiFi, don’t log on…

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Cry No More: Avoiding the Risks of Ransomware

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  Last Friday, May 12, a rapidly moving global ransomware attack unfolded, primarily affecting  Europe and Asia but eventually making its way to the U.S. and South America. The ransomware strain was known either as WannaCrypt, WanaDecrypt or Wanna.Cry. Once a system was attacked, it would encrypt the files and request a ransom of $300 in bitcoin to decrypt the files and revert control. Estimates suggest that over 100,000  systems were rapidly infected worldwide. The variants hit the…

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Warning: This new phishing scam is costing businesses thousands

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This post was featured in Equipment Connection – the risk management blog authored by our partners at Hartford Steam Boiler, authored by Monique Ferraro. Whether it’s a phishing scheme or malware, most cyber attacks originate with an email. The most pervasive and costly cyber frauds affecting businesses this year are phishing schemes in which the perpetrator claims to be a senior executive, such as the CEO or CFO, requesting a funds transfer or employee W-2 records….

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