Get Smart About Smartphone Security

Smartphone security becomes more important every day as we add mobile banking and other personal information to our phones. It is estimated that there are 120 million American smartphone users, however, less than 5% of smartphones use third-party security software and more than 40% lack anti-virus software. More than half of users do not use password . . . → Read More: Get Smart About Smartphone Security

Tips for Happier Holiday Shopping

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, and whether you plan to make your purchases at a local retailer, at a shopping mall or online, taking a few precautions can save you time, money and stress down the road. Follow these tips from the Iowa Attorney General’s office to help you have a safe and happy holiday . . . → Read More: Tips for Happier Holiday Shopping

Combat Cyber Fraud

Learn how to protect your small business, yourself, your family and your devices with these tips.

Small Business Owners
Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting small businesses to transfer funds from accounts and steal private information, a fraud referred to as “corporate account takeover.” Criminals use spoofed emails, malicious software and online social networks to obtain login credentials . . . → Read More: Combat Cyber Fraud

Don’t Get Phished

Internet “phishing” scams are one of the fastest-growing frauds today. Phishing expeditions can range from an elaborate website with fake graphics and logos to a simple text email offering a great mortgage rate. Both are designed for one purpose: to collect email recipients’ personal financial details, such as credit card numbers, bank account usernames and passwords.

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Protect Your Privacy on Summer Vacation

The arrival of warmer weather probably has many of us dreaming of relaxing on the beach or enjoying some other type of sunny summer vacation. But nothing can make a warm vacation go cold quite like getting your identity stolen. So as you make your summer travel plans, consider these tips for protecting your privacy.

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Mobile Apps: How to Use them Safely

The use of mobile applications (apps) is increasing in parallel with the increased use in mobile devices. According to Gartner, “Worldwide mobile application store revenue is projected to surpass $15.1 billion in 2011…and by 2014 over 185 billion applications will have downloaded from mobile app stores.” The continued growth of mobile apps requires a spotlight on . . . → Read More: Mobile Apps: How to Use them Safely

Safeguarding Your Personal Data

Computers and the Internet have become an important part of our daily life, enabling a wide range of services to home users such as communicating with friends and family, shopping, paying bills, storing personal photos and music. This convenience and inter-connectivity does not come without risk. Potential threats include viruses that could erase your entire system . . . → Read More: Safeguarding Your Personal Data

Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Over the last several years, retailers report a 25-30 percent increase in online spending around the holidays. With more and more people heading to the Internet to complete their holiday shopping, Iowa’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has offered an advisory for online holiday shopping. Follow these common best practices when shopping online this . . . → Read More: Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Online Safety Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a national public awareness campaign that encourages consumers to protect their computers and personal information. The campaign is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

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