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May 12
2013

Graduates: 10 Stupid Things You Don’t on Facebook

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Facebook

Robert Siciliano

You’ve done it. You’ve graduated at last. Your whole life is in front of you. Now is the time to make plans, embrace the world, take responsibility, make a statement, do some good and make this place better than how you found it.

May 09
2013

How Do I Restore My Identity Once It Has Been Stolen?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Identity theft

Robert Siciliano

The Federal Trade Commission offers invaluable tools for restoring your identity if it has already been compromised. The tools can be found at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0009-taking-charge.pdf. On this website, you will find a complaint form, affidavit of your identity, and sample letters. You will also find a log to chart your actions while restoring your identity. It is important to utilize this log to keep a record of contacts you have made with the authorities, credit card com­panies, banks, and credit bureaus. If something gets lost in the process, the log ensures detailed notes to help prove your efforts, and ultimately, rescue your identity from a criminal.

May 07
2013

Do I Need to be Concerned About Cybercrime?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in cybercrime

Robert Siciliano

The short answer is yes! You should be concerned. And even if you’re not concerned for yourself, with the Internet all of us are interconnected so cybercrime does not just affect one person or one group, but all of us.

May 07
2013

To VPN or Not to VPN, That is the Question!

Posted by Robert Siciliano in VPN

Robert Siciliano

This question revolves around whether or not you want or need to head out into the wild, wild web wilderness exposed. By “exposed” I mean letting anyone within 300-500 feet of your device peek at the wireless data packets floating through the airand seeing all your raw data, or revealing who and where you are, what you like and don’t like, or revealing your IP address if you decide to comment on a blog or news article.

May 05
2013

What Should I Know about Mobile Cybercrime?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in cybercrime

Robert Siciliano

The Internet has dissolved the geographical boundaries and technological limitations that have constrained organized cybercrime in the past. We now live with cybercrime syndicates based in the US, Russia, Asia and all over the globe. When hackers in the US are sleeping, the ones in China are flexing their fingers on their keyboards, and the ones in Eastern Europe are waking up. Cybercrime never stops.

May 01
2013

5 Steps to Securing Portable Devices

Posted by Robert Siciliano in VPN

Robert Siciliano

If it’s portable, it is subject to being lost or stolen—and the data contained can be accessed or the applications running may have access to additional information, resulting in your data being compromised. The good news is, you don’t need to be an IT professional to put systems in place, download security programs or create certain habits to protect your device and, inturn, protect your information.

May 01
2013

How Protected is My Tablet on WiFi?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in WIFI

Robert Siciliano

To understand how protected you are, you need to understand how unprotected free public wireless is. This has nothing to do with how secure Apple devices are compared to Android.  By default, free public wireless is open and unencrypted, and the data that travels over it from each device to the router is naked for all the world to see. This is true regardless of what anti-virus (AV) software you do or don’t have on your tablet.

Apr 29
2013

5 Ways to Browse the Web Privately

Posted by Robert Siciliano in web

Robert Siciliano

You’ve probably never even thought that “browsing the web privately” was something that you needed to take extra steps to do. Most people think all web surfing is relatively private and nobody is really paying any attention. Unfortunately, there are many people, particularly in the form of marketers and advertisers, who watch almost every website you visit and record almost every click. Then there is your government. It may or may not be happening in your country, but many oppressive governments watch every move their citizens make.

Apr 27
2013

2013 Boston Marathon: My Best Worst Day Ever

Posted by Robert Siciliano in marathon

Robert Siciliano

Training for a marathon is a taxing, physical, emotional and expensive process. For me personally, that means five cortisone shots, almost a hundred physical therapy appointments and a few arguments with my wife. Why do it? Why climb a mountain? Why be a police officer? Why be an emergency room nurse? Why detonate a bomb in a crowd of innocent people? Not sure. We all make choices others wouldn’t and we justify our decisions based on our interests, options and perspective.

Apr 27
2013

Beware of Credit Card Micro Charges

Posted by Robert Siciliano in credit card

Robert Siciliano

Micro charges are charges ranging from 20 cents to $10 and either are fraudulent, legitimate or fall into the category of “grey charges,” which describe sneaky recurring or unwanted charges.

Apr 27
2013

How Can I Ensure My Social Network Interactions are Secure on Wireless?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in social network

Robert Siciliano

Privacy on social networks seems a little oxymoronic to me. We tell the world about our lives, but we don’t want everyone to knoweverything. I know many people who only want some people to share in their experiences, but those same people often friend people they don’t know. See what I mean? Anyway, it is still a good idea to lock down all your privacy settings and avoid friending people you don’t really know.

Apr 22
2013

What Exactly is a VPN?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in VPN

Robert Siciliano

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network set up to communicate privately over a public network. For example: You occasionally want to or need to work from home and your employer knows that if you do, the data that travels between your PC and an office PC needs to be protected. So your employer installs a program on his server and you install one on your computer that allows your computer to connect to the work computers privately.


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