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Holiday Shopping Tips: Stay Alert to These Types of Scams

Posted by Gretel Egan on Nov 15, 2017 2:49:43 PM

Holiday shopping mania seems to be in full swing already this year, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday previews and preseason deals popping up in inboxes and social feeds everywhere. And it’s not just happening in the US, despite the fact that these shopping specials are triggered by the Thanksgiving holiday. In the UK, retailers are already offering heavy discounts — some as high as 25% to 30% — which normally doesn’t happen until Black Friday and beyond. Though the offers in the UK are likely in response to rising inflation, a dip in annual sales figures, and a hike in interest rates, the aggressive sales by legitimate retailers on both sides of the pond present a golden opportunity for cybercriminals — an environment in which online shoppers are seeking (and expecting) better-than-average deals.

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Social Media Hauntings: Students and Job Seekers Beware

Posted by Gretel Egan on Aug 30, 2017 12:50:54 PM

When I was a kid, there was a lot of collective fear among my fellow students at the idea of infractions going on a “permanent record.” This nebulous threat from parents, teachers, and administrators had many of us thinking — and fretting — about the types of behaviors and activities that could potentially be tied to us for eternity. (We were easily fooled. What can I say?)

Back in the olden days (i.e., the pre-internet years), we worried about the ramifications of an essentially baseless behavior log that we never actually saw with our own eyes. Interestingly, today’s most frightening form of a permanent record is the one that kids and adults alike are creating for themselves on social media. Unfortunately, bad decisions shared on these forums can haunt users for years to come.

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Wombat Vlog: Oversharing on Social Media Can Damage More Than Your Reputation

Posted by Gretel Egan on May 11, 2017 11:01:28 AM

We all know those people who overshare on social media...but are you doing that yourself without even realizing it?

In this vlog segment (the third in our series about identity theft protection) we discuss the hidden dangers of "getting to know each other" posts and surveys, and how cybercriminals can use the information posted on social networks to commit identity fraud.

 

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Three Social Media Habits to Implement Today

Posted by Gretel Egan on Oct 14, 2016 9:19:14 AM

From thoughts to articles to updates to photos to locations to…well, just about anything…very few day-to-day activities are considered “off limits” as far as social sharing goes. And whether you agree or disagree with the fact that previously personal moments are spotlighted in the social sphere, the fact remains that you (and your family members and your friends) are likely to be impacted by this shift in some way or another.

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Post-Holiday Electronics Guide: Cybersecurity Tips for Parents and Students

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jan 7, 2016 2:34:29 PM

Last updated: September 27, 2016

As students (and parents) settle back into “normal” routines post-holiday, it’s likely that new laptops, smartphones, tablets, and wireless “connectables” are part the mix. Whether first-time users or old hands, there are always cybersecurity considerations to adding new devices to your personal Internet of Things (IoT). The following tips can help protect data, systems, and privacy, so be sure to share them with your coworkers, family, and friends.

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