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Are You Cybersafe
<p>With the birth of the Internet there are new ways to communicate, send data from one part of the world to another, create exciting places to shop, share your stories, and even play games. But as with many good things, the Internet has its dark side. There are a plethora of cyber-risks that you face anytime that you go online, from malware to hackers to Denial of Service Attacks. </p> <p>Five Most Dangerous Online Actions: 1. Clicking on e-mail attachments from unknown senders. 2. Installing unauthorized applications. 3. Turning off or disabling automated security tools. 4. Opening H T M L or plain-text messages from unknown senders. 5. Messages from unknown senders. Surfing, gambling, porn or other dicey sites. </p> <p>Where Do You Access? Three of five access the Internet from home. 67 percent of users access the Internet from hotels. 85 percent access the Internet from the office. 82 percent of users access the Internet from their mobile device. </p> <p>Three Best Wired Cities Around the U S A They rank higher in three measures: broadband penetration, broadband access and plentiful wi-fi hotspots. Taken together, the factors point to a populace that readily uses high-speed Internet inside and outside the home. 1. Raleigh, North Carolina 2. Atlanta, Georgia 3. Seattle, Washington</p> <p>World’s Most Dangerous Countries in Which to Access the Internet Users who encountered a virus or malware attack while surfing the internet: Turkey (1 in 10 users) Russia (1 in 14 users) Armenia (1 in 24 users) Azerbaijan (1 in 39 users) Bangladesh (1 in 41 users) Vietnam (1 in 42 users) Pakistan (1 in 48 users) U S A (1 in 48 users) </p> <p>Five Ways to Minimize Your Risk 1. Choose Strong, Unique Passwords. Using numbers, symbols and mixed-case letters increases the difficulty of cracking your password. 2. Enable 2-Step Verification on Passwords. The user enrolls in 2-step verification, and selects the method for receiving their verification code on their device via text, phone call or app. 3. Always Update Your Operating System. </p> <p>Most desktop security incidents are centered around flaws in the operating system. As these flaws are discovered, vendors release patches to cover these security holes. 4. Avoid Suspicious Emails and Offers. Use email software with built-in spam filtering. Spam is any kind of email that you don’t want and that you didn’t sign up to receive. 5. Regularly Scan for Viruses. Run a complete virus and malware scan on your entire computer. </p> <p>Three Most Popular Online Activities Banking Job Hunting Shopping As of April 2012, nearly 60 percent of people in 24 countries used the web to check multiple financial and bank accounts in the past 90 days, making it the most popular use of the internet. </p> <p>Shopping was not far behind at 48 percent and online job seekers were about 41 percent. </p> <p>Sources: 1. www.forbes.com/2006/10/25/microsoft-mozilla-malware-ent-tech-cx_ab_1025emailbizresource.html 2. www.clickz.com/clickz/news/1694827us-census-three-five-us-households-have-home-internet-access 3. www.forbes.com/2010/03/02/broadband-wiki-telecom-technology-cio-networkwindow.html 4. www.spamfighter.com/New/56047/Worlds-Most-Dangerous-Places-to-Access-Internet.htm 5. www.supportgoogle.com/accounts/bin/anewy?in-en&answer=32040 6. www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/2637387sctech.socialmedia/most-popular-online-activities-banking-shopping-and-jobhunting</p>