Tag Archives: identity theft

Do YOU Shop Safely Online? Here Are Some Tips

As we know, hacking and identity theft make us more vulnerable than ever when we shop with a credit or debit card — whether in a store, over the phone, or online. So, we need to do all we can to protect ourselves.

In the infographic below from Sainsbury’s Bank, “We’ve put together 15 steps for safe online shopping, along with how to stay safe using mobile devices, and Wi-Fi. We’ve also included tips on what to do if you encounter any illegal activity.”


Be Safe — Not Sorry — With Your Connected Devices

Identity theft and loss of privacy are BIG issues. We must take our personal security seriously! 

On his industry blog, Zarb School Professor Joel Evans provides a thorough description of this year’s biggest cybers-ecurity threats. Have a look at the list here: http://evansonmarketing.com/2014/10/05/internet-security-threats-2014.

In the video below, Dr. Evans points out several “scary” aspects of cyber-security as well as offers several tips.

Protect YOURSELF. We can be our best friend — and our worst enemy.



A Simple Quiz on Online Security and Privacy: Can You Pass?

Recently, Professor Joel Evans of the Hofstra Zarb School of Business made a presentation on “How to Be Even Smarter Online, Especially with Social Media.”

As part of this presentation, a 21-item true-false quiz on online/social privacy was conducted. Through this post, you may take the quiz in one of two ways:

      1. Look at the two screens below for the questions. There is a separate PDF file with the answers under the quiz.
      2. Look at the YouTube video that is embedded at the bottom of the post. The video includes the answers and a discussion for each question. The audio quality is very good. To clearly view the YouTube version of the quiz, use the full-screen mode!!

Privacy Quiz 1

Privacy Quiz 2Privacy Quiz Answers



Be Safe: Better Manage Your Online Passwords

As we should all be aware, identity theft and intrusive viruses are getting worse. So, what should we do  about this to better protect ourselves?

Geoffrey A. Fowler, a Wall Street Journal expert on personal technology,  offers some good advice (click the link to read his full article) — especially about using a password manager. Here are some observations from Fowler. It’s up to you how to respond to them. A lot of these password protectors have FREE versions:

“There’s a war raging between hackers and companies, and you’re caught in the crossfire. Every time a company gets hacked, you have to change your password. And don’t you dare reuse it somewhere else. Dreaming up a different password for every site and service is the only way to keep your stuff safe online, but it’s also a gigantic nuisance. There’s one thing you can — and should — do to help: Get a password manager program.”

“I have more than 150 different logins and counting. I’d have to be Rain Man to memorize that many passwords. So I went on a hunt for the best services for storing all my passwords, and whittled down the list to four that get the job done and offer enough security for most of us: 1Password, Dashlane, LastPass, and PasswordBox. LastPass is a good choice for people who use newer technology like fingerprint scanners. For the really paranoid, 1Password offers the most control over where your encrypted vault of passwords gets stored.”

“For most people, I recommend Dashlane. It’s simple, so you’ll actually use it. It may even save you clicks.”

Click on the image below to see a helpful video clip from the WSJ.

 Alex Nabaum for The Wall Street Journal