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A good handyman, general contractor, skilled employee knows that having the right tools can make one’s job easier. This section will help provide you a tool bag of How To’s when it comes to equipping yourself against real time threats and overall knowledge to better understand the world beyond our screens.

 

How to … Shop for the Holidays in 2020

 

Grinch's hand holding onto credit cards

Holiday shopping is already in full swing. But, given that the CDC is recommending shoppers avoid crowded stores throughout the 2020 holiday season. According to a recent survey by Convey, “Shoppers are planning to shop earlier and mostly online, and they’re conscious of COVID’s impact on retailers […] 8 in 10 shoppers (82%) will do most of their holiday shopping online – and nearly 1 in 3 (30%) will do ALL of it online.”

Unfortunately, this also means there will be more cyber crimes and card-not-present fraud.

Cyber Security Tips for the 2020 Holiday Shopping Season

  • Watch Out for Seasonal Scams.
  • Don’t Autosave Info.
  • Go Directly to the Source

More info and the full article can be found here.

How to … Protect Yourself from E-Skimming

 

hand reaching through phone for e-skimming to bank cardFor years, scammers have used a small device on ATMs, gas pumps, and other terminals, to harvest credit card information. As technology has improved, this form of “skimming” has become less effective. However, scammers aren’t deterred!

What you can’t see is that cybercriminals have hacked into the company’s server and planted malware on the site. Now, they use a technique called “e-skimming” to steal credit card data from online shoppers instead.

Tips to help avoid E-Skimming while shopping online

  • Keep a close eye on your statements.
  • Make online purchases with a credit card vs a debit card.
  • Consider using a virtual credit card.

More info and the full article can be found here.


 

How to … Prevent Small Business Social Media Sabotages  

 

business buildings with social media iconsSocial media can do wonders for you as an individual, as well as if you are running your own online business. It can help you build a loyal following, spread word and awareness about your brand, and reach out to other like-minded people, as well as customers.

However, because the power of social media is so easy to utilize, most people let their guard down when it comes to cybersecurity, which can come back to haunt them at some point in the future, in a number of different ways. In order to avoid that, let’s take a look at some ways to keep your guard up on social media sites.

Tips to avoid social media cybersecurity sabotaging

  • Providing Too Much Personal Information.
  • Disgruntled Employees sharing company info.
  • Unused Social Media Accounts could invite hackers.

More info and the full article can be found here.

How to … Properly delete your accounts on Social Media

 

Social Media icons deleted on a mobile deviceLike fingerprints left all over a home, this visual helps serve how we have digital footprints all across the internet and specifically with the usage of social media. Social media and online networking is entwined with our everyday lives. 

However, social media also opens up major privacy concerns, since we often reach broader audiences than we intend to. Online identities can prove problematic as people apply to jobs, build relationships, or even try to avoid cyber stalkers. Here are some ways to help you delete all of your social media accounts, and take yourself off the biggest platforms.

Tips to deleting your social media accounts

  • Deactivating does NOT always equal Deleting.
  • Archive/Download your content prior to taking any steps.
  • Some sites will permanently delete after 30 days of deactivation.

More info and the full article can be found here.


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