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Monday, September 30, 2013

Distance Learning Poses Serious Data Security Issues

Distance learning is an increasingly popular option for people seeking higher education whose schedules may not be able to easily accommodate a traditional college experience. In addition, students are enthusiastically embracing the facilities available to them through sophisticated virtual learning environments.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-siciliano/distance-learning-poses-s_b_3938096.html

Why Lily Collins is the most dangerous name to search online

Lily Collins has been ranked the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, by computer security company McAfee.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2423849/Lily-Collins-ranked-McAfee-dangerous-celebrity-search-term.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Are squiggly finger signatures legally binding?

With the proliferation of hand-held credit or debit card payment devices popping up in retail establishments, signing with your finger has become the new norm. But few can master a genuine signature with a fingertip on such a tiny screen. Are these squiggly, and often illegible, digital signatures really legally binding?

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/squiggly-finger-signatures-legally-binding-120000929.html;_ylt=A2KJ3CQJ4D1SujkAGgbQtDMD

How to Protect Yourself From SMiShing and Vishing

"You could receive an email or text message from someone posing as your credit card company, asking you to confirm your account numbers or passwords," says Robert Siciliano, an identity theft expert with BestIDTheftCompanys.com.

http://in.finance.yahoo.com/news/protect-yourself-smishing-vishing-141426729.html

Sweet & Innocent Lily Collins Is The 'Most Dangerous Celebrity': Perhaps It's Those Sheer Dresses?

She might look sweet and innocent but Lily Collins has topped the poll of most dangerous celebrities to search on the internet.

http://uk.omg.yahoo.com/news/sweet-innocent-lily-collins-dangerous-celebrity-sheer-dresses-144122627.html

Keeping Tabs on Your Kids

Look, I hear this all the time: "I want to respect my children's privacy, but I also want to keep tabs on them." OK, I get it. Kids need their privacy. But at what age does that start? In my mind, they can have their privacy at 18 years of age--because up until that time, a parent is 100 percent legally responsible for what those kids say and do. So if you condition your children early on that there is no privacy until 18, then to a degree it is at least understood that their life is an open book to Mom and Dad. Plus--let face it--as teens, we didn't always make the right choices.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-siciliano/keeping-tabs-on-your-kids_b_3963168.html

10 Password Security Tips for Stronger Password Security

With Apple recently rolling out its new “Touch ID” fingerprint biometric technology, will any one of us ever has to enter a password again? Probably NOT!

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/09/24/password-security-tips/

Friday, September 27, 2013

Don’t Fall Victim to These 7 Types of Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are any attempts by con artists, hackers, or other criminals to gain access to someone’s computer, financial information, or other personal items in order to cause harm.

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/08/15/common-phishing-scams/

Don’t Fall Victim to These 7 Types of Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are any attempts by con artists, hackers, or other criminals to gain access to someone’s computer, financial information, or other personal items in order to cause harm.

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/08/15/common-phishing-scams/

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lily Collins tops most harmful celebrity web searches

Robert Siciliano, online security and safety evangelist with McAfee, told SCMagazine.com on Wednesday that unwary fans can be compromised in any number of ways by clicking risky links, downloading images and videos, or downloading media players or updates.

http://www.scmagazine.com/lily-collins-tops-most-harmful-celebrity-web-searches/article/312267/#

Sunday, September 22, 2013

ProfNet Expert Available on NFL Halloween Safety

"October is National Crime Prevention Month. It's the perfect time to brush up on crime prevention and spread the awareness of important issues such as creating safer communities.

http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/09/13/5206061/profnet-experts-available-on-nfl.html

BHSC Finds Most Home Security Companies Are Missing The Mark

"We were interested in finding out what the consumer thought was a fair price for home security monitoring, but we did not expect the results we collected," Robert Siciliano, Director of Reviews, said. "An overwhelming amount of consumers felt that current monitoring prices are way too high. It just goes to show that a lot of home security companies are out of touch with consumers."

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11118851.htm

A Student's Guide to Online Safety and Preventing Identity Theft

Leaving Mom and Dad's house to attend college is the beginning of a journey to establish your own identity. Relationships are formed and broken, your fashion sense develops a certain "individuality" and your independent streak shines through.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-siciliano/a-students-guide-to-onlin_b_3920224.html

Saturday, September 21, 2013

How to Create Your Own Home Security System on the Cheap

A free app made by People Power Presence can act like a lightweight security system and keep you connected to your home even when you are at work or on vacation, said Robert Siciliano, a home security expert with BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com.

http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/technology/how-create-your-own-home-security-system-cheap-1

4 ways to protect teens from ID theft

Scammers seek out teens because teens have clean records and no established credit reports. Teens are also avid social network and Internet users, where personal data are more readily available. Read more: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/protect-teens-from-id-theft-1.aspx#ixzz2fYDkqEyC Follow us: @Bankrate on Twitter | Bankrate on Facebook

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/protect-teens-from-id-theft-1.aspx?ic_id=Top_Financial%20News%20Center_link_3

The cost of keeping your home safe

Homeowners have plenty of reasons to be afraid these days. A few weeks ago, there was that story about a bear rambling into the sunroom of a Florida home and falling asleep.

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/cost-keeping-home-safe-151121203.html

Friday, September 20, 2013

BestIDTheftCompanys.com Adds Security and Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano to Their Team

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- BestIDTheftCompanys.com's (BIDTC) team announces their new Director of Reviews and identity theft expert, Robert Siciliano. Siciliano is nationally known as a security and identity theft expert, but his personal passion lies specifically in the identity theft industry.

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release-rss/bestidtheftcompanyscom-adds-security-and-identity-theft-expert-robert-siciliano-to-their-team-360761.php

The Cost of Keeping Your Home Safe

Homeowners have plenty of reasons to be afraid these days. A few weeks ago, there was that story about a bear rambling into the sunroom of a Florida home and falling asleep. Wildfires over the summer have threatened thousands of homes in the west. In 2011, there were an estimated 9 million property crimes – everything from burglaries to car thefts – in the United States, according to the most recent statistics from the FBI.

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/09/09/the-cost-of-keeping-your-home-safe

Don't let a rental scam spoil your vacation

Internet security expert Robert Siciliano learned firsthand about vacation rental scams when properties he owned started popping up on Craigslist at cut-rate prices.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dont-let-rental-scam-spoil-120000713.html

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Your Computer Has Been Hacked! Here’s What to Do Next

Hackers are constantly finding creative and innovative ways to get past firewalls, lure unsuspecting people into sharing their information, or break into devices connected to public networks (such as when you’re at your favorite local cafĂ© and using your laptop, tablet, or smartphone).

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/08/28/what-to-do-if-your-computer-has-been-hacked/

Back to School: Must Follow Internet Safety Tips to Protect Your Teens

The proliferation of smart phones and tablet devices has enabled teens to spend more time online today than at any other time during the Internet Age.

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/08/30/internet-safety-tips-for-teens/

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Why Child Identity Theft is Dangerous

Identity theft in the form of new account fraud can happen to anyone with a Social Security number, which includes virtually any American with a pulse…as well as some who no longer do.

http://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/why-child-identity-theft-is-dangerous

What is Encryption?

Encryption is the science of encoding and decoding secret messages. It began as cryptography—the ancient Greeks used it to protect sensitive information that might fall into the hands of their enemies. More recently, governments have used encryption for military purposes, but these days the term if often used in reference to online security.

http://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/what-is-encryption

Monday, September 16, 2013

How to Keep Employees' Personal Details Secure

Beware! There are criminals in our midst. We can't see them, but they're around, waiting for our laptops, PCs or work computers to succumb to a virus or open an attachment they've carefully placed in our paths in an attempt to phish our personal details. But why? To steal our identities and clear our bank accounts, of course!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-siciliano/how-to-keep-employees-per_b_3916106.html

How to Create Your Own Home Security System on the Cheap

You can turn your smart device into a video monitoring system that has motion detection and sensors. A free app made by People Power Presence can act like a lightweight security system and keep you connected to your home even when you are at work or on vacation, said Robert Siciliano, a home security expert with BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com.

http://business-news.thestreet.com/philly/story/how-create-your-own-home-security-system-the-cheap/1

Security Measures You Must Take To Secure Your Mobile Device

Did you know that people are much more likely to lose their mobile device than a laptop or even a tablet?

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/09/05/securing-mobile-devices/

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Cost of Keeping Your Home Safe

Homeowners have plenty of reasons to be afraid these days. A few weeks ago, there was that story about a bear rambling into the sunroom of a Florida home and falling asleep. Wildfires over the summer have threatened thousands of homes in the west. In 2011, there were an estimated 9 million property crimes – everything from burglaries to car thefts – in the United States, according to the most recent statistics from the FBI.

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/09/09/the-cost-of-keeping-your-home-safe

BHSC Dives Into Comcast Xfinity Home Security Fine Print

BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com (BHSC) is the leading home security review site and provides potential consumers with the information they need before making a buying decision. BHSC consists of an expert staff that objectively reviews home security companies and products, and in turn, relays that information to consumers

http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/bhsc-dives-into-comcast-xfinity-home-security-fine-print-328162.htm

Friday, September 13, 2013

Why Americans are a theft bull's-eye

I explained the scenario recently to Robert Siciliano, a personal-security expert, and he agreed that, yes, I was more than likely a target for a theft, albeit good-naturedly. Then again, that's how much of the world's milder forms of crime work: You're goaded into distraction and dropping your guard, then, poof, the wallet is gone.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-09-10/travel/sc-trav-0910-travel-mechanic-20130910_1_american-exceptionalism-robert-siciliano-english-words

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CEO Says Family Fraud Up By 47%

Family fraud is almost unimaginable. How can you even think of a family member — like your mom or your dad or your child — stealing your identity? Well the truth of the matter is, this crime is growing rapidly in the U.S.

http://bestidtheftcompanys.com/2013/09/family-fraud-up-by-47-percent/

BestIDTheftCompanys.com Adds Security and Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano to Their Team

BestIDTheftCompanys.com's (BIDTC) team announces their new Director of Reviews and identity theft expert, Robert Siciliano. Siciliano is nationally known as a security and identity theft expert, but his personal passion lies specifically in the identity theft industry.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1460780

How to Bypass Internet Censorship in Saudi Arabia

If you live in a country where the internet is open and uncensored, you should really never complain about anything ever again because that means you live in a country that values freedom of thought over censorship.

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/09/03/bypass-internet-censorship-in-saudi-arabia/

Caller ID Spoofing Effective in Identity Theft

Caller ID spoofing is when a telephone's caller ID displays a number that does not belong to the person calling. The telephone network is tricked into displaying this spoofed number as a result of flaws in caller ID technology.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-siciliano/caller-id-spoofing-effect_b_3875016.html

Monday, September 09, 2013

Caller ID Spoofing Effective in Identity Theft

Caller ID spoofing is when a telephone's caller ID displays a number that does not belong to the person calling. The telephone network is tricked into displaying this spoofed number as a result of flaws in caller ID technology.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-siciliano/caller-id-spoofing-effect_b_3875016.html

Don't let a rental scam spoil your vacation

Internet security expert Robert Siciliano learned firsthand about vacation rental scams when properties he owned started popping up on Craigslist at cut-rate prices.

http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/rental_scam-spoil-vacation-1264.php

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Child patients especially susceptible to identity theft

Practices that have experienced a breach, whether it was the fault of someone inside the practice or the result of a more sinister act such as cyber crime, have an obligation to mitigate the damages that can be caused from data falling into the wrong hands.

http://www.amednews.com/article/20130902/business/130909996/5/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=20130902

7 Tips to Protect Yourself from Carjackers

Carjacking is an extremely serious, frightening and potentially life-threatening form of auto theft.

http://www.technewsdaily.com/18691-7-tips-prevent-carjacking.html

Why Identity Thieves Love Your Facebook Page

"Social media often contains the secrets to crack a password reset," says Robert Siciliano, security expert of McAfee Online. "When we answer the 'knowledge based questions' in a password reset, they can often be found on our social media profiles."

http://www.mainstreet.com/print/29254

Sunday, September 01, 2013

McAfee Study Shows Kids Cheating With Mobiles

Innovative Home Protection with the Download of an App

Using a traditional home security provider isn’t a luxury available to everyone thanks to large fees and tedious contracts. But home automation and monitoring has been reinvented. Enter People Power Presence, the free app that turns smart devices into monitoring systems with video, motion detection and alerts.

http://besthomesecuritycompanys.com/2013/innovative-home-protection-with-the-download-of-an-app