Securing your smart home and IoT devices

When it comes to your family’s safety and protecting them from intruders, you should also guard your home network from criminals; cyber criminals that is. Like most people, you likely have some type of tech gadget that connects to your Internet. From mobile devices to self-programming lamps to voice-activated TVs to home security camera systems and on and on, we’re all connected in some way or another.

Understanding tech support scams

It happens all too often. You get an expected call from a computer technician (it may start with someone pretending to be with Microsoft, Google, Apple, Norton or McAfee), see a tech support ad surfing the Internet or you get a pop-up message out-of-the-blue that tells you to call tech support. Any of these three forms of contact could be scammers trying to convince you that your computer is infected with a virus, malware or spyware. If you take the bait, they will ask to connect to your computer in order to give them access to take care of the issue.

In the rising wave of data breaches, learn how to protect your personal information

In today’s times, everywhere you turn, there’s another data breach announced. If it’s not you, it is someone you know, a mega-company or institute, or worse yet, somewhere you have an account, albeit your bank, healthcare provider, social media sites, etc. If you have information stored anywhere, you are at risk of being breached. Keeping your passwords, data, financial and other personal information from cyber criminals should absolutely be a part of your life nowadays.

If you use public Wi-Fi, understand the security risks and remember these tips to stay safe

First, you may ask what is public Wi-Fi? It is free Internet access and available in popular places you probably frequent often, such as malls, coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, etc. While it may seem harmless to log on to their free Wi-Fi to check your bank account, read emails, look at Facebook, Instagram or other social media or even catch up on the news, STOP and think twice before you do it again.