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the JoshMeister on Security: How to Preview Shortened URLs (TinyURL, bit.ly, is.gd, and more)

On many social networks, it’s a common practice to use shortened redirect URLs rather than linking directly to the (often much longer) original URL of a page. This is especially common when character limits are imposed, such as Twitter’s 140 character maximum.

This is a great article with short & quick guidance on how to be safe when utilizing URL shortening services.  They are terrific tools but must certainly be used with caution…

Source: the JoshMeister on Security: How to Preview Shortened URLs (TinyURL, bit.ly, is.gd, and more).

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Wireless Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers – Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News – FOXNews.com

I’ve fallen into this bad habit on occasion as well.  The laptop is handy, I just need to check a few emails…I wonder if there is wifi available here…lucky me, I’m getting a pretty good signal…

Take heed, just because you can access the Internet doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.  It is not difficult for hackers to set up a wifi connection that listens for and steals whatever information passes through the access point.

Make sure you know what you’re connecting to, who is running it, and utilize a good level of security while doing it.  If the access point is not secure then don’t do anything over the connection with personal or private information.

Source: Wireless Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers – Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News – FOXNews.com

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7 Practices for Computer Security

This web page presents a terrific checklist and primer for being safe on the Internet.  The items listed in the article are the following:

  1. Protect your personal information.
  2. Know who you’re dealing with.
  3. Use security software that updates automatically.
  4. Keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, and learn about their security features.
  5. Keep your passwords safe, secure, and strong.
  6. Back up important files.
  7. Learn what to do in an emergency.

Take some time to look over the guidance and follow it at home as well as at work. It will help make your time on-line much safer.

Source: Computer Security – OnGuard Online