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A Travel-Smart Checklist for Being A Cybersecure Traveler

Reservations confirmed. Check Gas in the car. Check Out-of-Office notifications turned on. Check Pet sitter lined up. Check Mail delivery on hold. Check Bags packed. Check Home security system turned on. Check Just waitttttt a minute…. I know you’re excited to get out the door, but you need to add some items to your checklist …

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You’re More Likely to Become A Victim of ID Theft If You Do This…

Did you know that approximately 15 million Americans become victims of identity theft every year? Identity theft, also known as identity fraud, is a crime in which a thief steals key pieces of personally identifiable information, such as your Social Security number or driver’s license number, in order to impersonate you, usually for financial gain. …

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What Really Happens When You Watch Stolen TV Episodes

To watch or not watch, that’s the big question. You’re a huge fan of the season’s most popular show and you hear the news that spoilers of upcoming episodes have been stolen and posted online. Episodes of other popular shows you like to watch have also been leaked and are taunting you, just waiting for …

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Think you’ve been hacked? Here’s what to do.

Do you have the feeling you’ve been hacked? Are your passwords not working, files disappearing or have you noticed new programs on your computer that you didn’t put there? Whether you have solid proof or just a sneaking suspicion, the idea of someone stealing your private information is creepy enough to warrant taking some safety …

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The Many Faces of Malware

Malware refers to a number of different types of malicious software created by cyber-criminals to gain access to your devices and steal personal information or cause damage. Keep reading to find out more about how malware attacks and what kinds of damage it could do to your computer. Plus, we’ve thrown in some helpful tips …

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Wireless Safety Tips for Travelers

Packing smartphones, tablets and laptops seems like a no-brainer when it comes to traveling, whether you’re flying, driving or riding to your destination. Being connected on-the-go is convenient and entertaining (and keeps kids occupied for extended periods of time), but it can also be risky. Whether you’re using wifi on a plane or at a …

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How to Protect Yourself from Online Phishing Attacks

What is Phishing? Phishing is the attempt by cybercriminals to steal your personal information—including usernames, passwords and credit card details—by posing as a legitimate company. Phishers may send emails asking you to click on a link to verify an account, update personal or financial information related to an existing account or to confirm an anticipated …

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WiFi Safety Tips for Travelers

With summer approaching, many of us are gearing up for fun, sunny vacations where we plan to escape from reality a bit and enjoy some well deserved time off. Without dampening the carefree spirit of vacation, we wanted to share some tips on how to keep your personal information safer when using public WiFi away …

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