A recent IT security survey shows that a shocking 90% of businesses have been hacked at least once in the last year. The study was carried out by Ponemon Research and polled 583 U.S. companies from a wide variety of businesses, both private and government, and ranging from small businesses with under 500 employees all the way to enterprises with more than 75,000 employees.

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facebook-twitter Due to the popularity of sites like Twitter and Facebook and their huge number of users, they have become some of the top targets for hackers and spammers. Once these hackers  get you to click on their links they can pretty much extract anything they want from your computer ranging from your identity to all access and controls.

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webfraud_oneBlack Friday has obtained near holiday status with its amazing deals that allow people all over the country to make that one big purchase that they couldn’t afford the rest of the year. However, there is a new shopaholic’s holiday that lets shoppers spend from home called Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the Monday immediately following Black Friday and boasts similar sales and discounts.

However some people have been unwilling to participate in the online sales because of Internet security concerns. There are some simple tips that you can use in order to make sure that you are not getting scammed. First and foremost, you should be familiar with the company from which you are buying. Most companies offer online explanations of their privacy policies for customers to review. It’s important to also make sure you’re dealing with a secure site before purchasing. Look for the unbroken key or locked padlock symbol, often found in the bottom right hand corner of the page. This means that your information is being sent securely and is not prone to hacks.

Make sure that you get the details on your purchase including expected arrival dates, shipping and handling fees, warranties, return policies, and other information such as a contact e-mail or phone number in case there is a problem with your purchase. It is also good practice to purchase using credit cards seeing as how under federal law and most credit card agreements your liability for fraudulent charges does not exceed $50. The final good practice is to keep detailed records of your purchases, print your receipts and keep electronic records. This will help in the case of a discrepancy.

Using these simple tips will keep you safe during online shopping and thus let you enjoy all the sales that are available to you on Cyber Monday. Now you can shop at home in your pajamas without fear.

(Via PR News)

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Facebook allows users to define themselves through its smorgasbord of applications and features: personal photos, virtual gifts and status updates all lend a hand in users efforts to open up and share just about anything going on in their lives. Younger generations, of particularly my own, have come under the Facebook spell and have a tendency to share a huge amount of personal information on sites like Facebook in an effort to open up and connect to the outside world without taking the time to protect themselves. It doesn’t matter whether that info is as mundane and uninspired as what they are eating at the moment or as potentially devastating as an inappropriate picture. Drawing the line and protecting oneself is essential to enjoying Facebook, but how does one go about it?

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