It seems that everything relies on computers and the internet these days - communication (email, cellphones), entertainment (digital cable, mp3s), transportation (car engine systems, airplane navigation), shopping (online stores, credit cards), medicine (equipment, medical records), and the list goes on. How much of your daily life relies on computers? How much of your personal information is stored either on your own computer or on someone else's system?
Cyber security involves protecting that information by preventing, detecting, and responding to attacks.
For cyber security tips to keep your computing safe visit US-CERT
"When I win the Lottery" and "When my rich uncle dies", or "When I make my first million", are all common fantasy statements that keep us dreaming of big houses, fast cars, and exotic vacations. But every day, thousands of people receive the 'good' news of receiving an unexpected windfall. The bad news is that often someone has been hard at work to make you think your "Ship has come in." Many of these scams involve fraudulent checks with instructions to deposit or cash them, and then send a cashier's check or wire back to cover some legitimate sounding fee. How can you avoid falling prey to such a trick? Well, you need healthy doses of reality, common sense, and restraint along with a little information.
- If asked to send funds by Western Union or Moneygram to someone you don't know don't do it!
- If you are overpaid with a check for merchandise you sell over the Internet - there is about a 100% chance it is a scam.
- If you deposit or cash a fake check and it is charged back against your account, you are responsible. The scammer is long gone.
- If it sounds to good to be true, it mostly likely is.
For more help to avoid the fraudulent check scams, go to the Federal Trade Commission website.
Take Steps to Safely Shop Online
Each day millions of people safely shop on the Internet at merchants which are open at any hour, 365 days a year. Just as shopping at your neighborhood mall requires being aware of your surroundings, taking care with your possessions, and making informed decisions, safely shopping on the World Wide Web requires precautions as well. Avoiding sites with "to good to be true" claims, realizing that "Free" rarely is, and protecting your personal information are good beginnings. Some other precautions might include:
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