Robbers Are Equal Opportunity Criminals: The National Crime Prevention Council

As a new series of posts, I am republishing key messages from some of the world’s leading organizations in personal safety and crime prevention. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is the nation’s leader in crime prevention. So, it is a fitting one to start with. As a private, nonprofit organization, NCPC helps millions of AmericansContinue reading “Robbers Are Equal Opportunity Criminals: The National Crime Prevention Council”

Halloween Safety Tips for Children and Their Parents from the L.A.P.D.

The Los Angeles Police Department has extensive crime prevention tips on its website and compiled the following Halloween safety tips for children and their parents. Wherever you live, these guidelines can help you have a safer, more enjoyable experience. Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours. Children should never be allowed to go out alone onContinue reading “Halloween Safety Tips for Children and Their Parents from the L.A.P.D.”

Elder Fraud a Growing Problem, According to the FBI

Elder fraud is likely to be a growing problem, according to the FBI.  The elderly population is growing and seniors rack up more than $3 billion in losses annually due to fraud. “Seniors are often targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite. They also usually have financial savings, own a home, and haveContinue reading “Elder Fraud a Growing Problem, According to the FBI”

Intense ‘Solar Storms’ Could Bring About the ‘Internet Apocalypse’

Solar flares — eruptions from the sun that send ripples off toward the magnetic field of the Earth — conjure images of disaster and science fiction films. Coronal mass ejections are tied to solar flares, large solar eruptions that are said to fuel most weather events in outer space. Think of them as huge gaseousContinue reading “Intense ‘Solar Storms’ Could Bring About the ‘Internet Apocalypse’”

The Government Warns Against ‘Lonely Heart’ Scams

You might receive regular emails, texts, or social media interactions claiming to be from a dating app or service. As with any interaction online, you have to be vigilant in case it’s a scam. The FBI is currently sending out a warning to the public that scams posing as potential online romantic connections are askingContinue reading “The Government Warns Against ‘Lonely Heart’ Scams”

Is Your Baby Monitor Safe From Hackers?

When it comes to common household devices that one has to assess for cybersecurity risk, you might want to prioritize your baby monitor. Recent headlines shed light on the reality that more than 83 million Internet-connected devices like DVRs, security cameras and baby monitors possess a serious security flaw. The internal vulnerability is found inContinue reading “Is Your Baby Monitor Safe From Hackers?”

Should Your C-Suite Make Cybersecurity a Bigger Priority?

When it comes to the very pressing threat of cybersecurity attacks — everything from attacks on the electrical grid to hospital systems — building a strong defense against hackers is a major priority for any company or government entity. Using just one example, a recent study from IBM reveals the cost of major data breachContinue reading “Should Your C-Suite Make Cybersecurity a Bigger Priority?”

Cybersecurity Leaders on How They Protect Their Data

A new survey of 125 data, privacy, and cybersecurity leaders shows how some of the top companies are approaching data protection. The global COVID-19 pandemic as well as ever-shifting technological norms and practices have caused the world’s top firms to jump-start their approach to safeguarding sensitive data, at a rate perhaps never seen before. AmongContinue reading “Cybersecurity Leaders on How They Protect Their Data”

What You Should Know About This Malware That Mimics the Netflix App

Binge-watching hours of one’s favorite programs on Netflix has become a signature form of escapism over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The streaming service especially saw sharp increases in subscriptions during the early days of the global health crisis. Given Netflix’s popularity, it shouldn’t be a surprise that cybercriminals have taken advantage of theContinue reading “What You Should Know About This Malware That Mimics the Netflix App”

Avoid These Cybercrime Scams During Tax Season

It’s here again — tax season. The 2021 tax filing season began February 12, and Americans across the country are filling out paperwork, meeting with their accountants and getting their finances in order before the August 15 deadline. Complicating an already confusing filing process is the fact that this time of year brings about anContinue reading “Avoid These Cybercrime Scams During Tax Season”