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There are many ways you can lose data from your computer or mobile devices, but the most common causes tend to be: Equipment or system failure, such as the hard drive crashing Human error, such as accidentally deleting files or dropping your phone READ MORE >>

Statistics show that shoppers are purchasing online at least once a month and surfing weekly for deals. Cyber Monday 2017 (November 27, 2017) is expected to be the biggest shopping day in history. It’s clear many of us are comfortable shopping online, but maybe we’re a little too comfortable. READ MORE >>

Cyber attacks are on the rise across the world. From WannaCry to Equifax, the impact has affected countless individuals and industries alike.  While cyber attacks tend to be associated with large companies — Sony, HBO, and most recently with Equifax — the truth is no one is too small to be immune from a cyber attack threat. READ MORE >>

The Travelers 2017 Risk Index is out, and for the fifth year in a row, fewer American consumers, business owners and executives think the world is becoming a riskier place.  This year, 52% of consumers say they believe the world is getting riskier, compared to 56% in 2016 and 63% in 2013 when the study was first conducted, as shown in the chart below from Travelers. READ MORE >>

Under the cover of the dark web, cyber criminals are refining their sinister methods. And they’re only getting more sneaky and destructive. Here are three of their most common tricks and how you can avoid getting fooled. You get a dreadful call that your computer is infected READ MORE >>

  More people today access the Internet from smartphones and tablets than from desktops or laptops, and many times this use is through downloaded applications, better known as “apps.” U.S. consumers spend five hours per day on mobile devices and 85% of that time is spent on apps. READ MORE >>

  Your phone can be compromised in a surprising number of ways. Because mobile phones are so valuable to hackers, new exploits are always being discovered. Here are the most frequent dangers and what you can do to protect yourself against them. What hackers value READ MORE >>

  Many people agree that passwords are a major pain. Many people also agree that passwords are a necessary part of day-to-day business and life. After all, passwords are the first line of defense when protecting our information both at home and at work. READ MORE >>

  Have you written passwords down on something and then put that something where you can always find it at your desk?  Is it stuck under your keyboard?  Is it in an unlocked desk drawer?  Or simply stuck to your monitor? READ MORE >>

  Email is commonplace in the business world, with over 108 billion emails sent and received per day. The fact that emails are circulating in big numbers makes them a good target for scammers. We all need to be careful when opening emails. Consider this scenario that was recently brought to my attention: READ MORE >>

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