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Password Protect a Folder

If you keep highly sensitive, personal documents on your computer, it is really a good idea to store them in a folder that is password protected.  Here is how to set up a pw protected folder. Continue reading “Password Protect a Folder”

Stay safe online: Use HTTPS Everywhere.

Securing the internet is REALLY hard! There are SO MANY things to pay attention to! One of those things you need to pay attention to is whether the site you’re going to uses HTTPS (A Secured/registered site) or just HTTP: (An unsecured site that cannot prove it is who it says it is). This means that https://www.cnn.com is safe and http://www.cnn.com may NOT be. Continue reading “Stay safe online: Use HTTPS Everywhere.”

Tricky Gmail Phishing Attack

The following excerpts were pulled from an article posted on TechRepublic

It all starts in a Gmail account that has already been compromised. Reports say that perpetrators are accessing hacked accounts immediately and sending phishing messages to other Gmail addresses in the hacked accounts contacts list.

An email lands in the target inbox from the hacked address, and here’s where it gets tricky: The phishing email uses a legitimate subject line, text, and attachments from emails already sent by that account, making it look completely legitimate. Continue reading “Tricky Gmail Phishing Attack”

Securing Mobile Devices

Mobile devices have become one of the primary ways we communicate and interact with each other. The power of a computer is now at our fingertips, allowing us to bank, shop, view medical history, attend to work remotely, and communicate virtually anywhere. With all these convenient features come added risks, but here are some tips to protect your devices and your personal information. Continue reading “Securing Mobile Devices”

Enable 2-Step Authentication on your Gmail Account

When it comes to data you want to secure, your email accounts are probably close to the top of the list. The average hacker would love a peek at your email history full of password resets, not to mention getting potential access to your bank accounts or other private information.  You can greatly increase the security of your Gmail account with 2-Step Authentication. Continue reading “Enable 2-Step Authentication on your Gmail Account”

Keeping Your Google Account Secure

Google states, “Ensuring that our customers’ data is safe, secure and always available to them is one of our top priorities.” This commitment on Google’s part is only a piece of the safety equation – the other piece falls to the end-user. Continue reading “Keeping Your Google Account Secure”

Be Aware of Phishing Attacks

Phishing is defined as the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial or personal information by posing as a legitimate company. Continue reading “Be Aware of Phishing Attacks”

Protecting Email through Encryption

As you may know, email isn’t as private as you might think. When you are sending email messages to other Brewster email addresses, your messages are protected and safe. But, when you send email messages outside of brewsteracademy.org, it’s rather easy for thieves to intercept and read your messages.
Continue reading “Protecting Email through Encryption”

PW Protect Your USB Memory Stick

If you carry around a USB memory stick with personal or confidential files saved on it, you should take these simple steps to password protect it. Continue reading “PW Protect Your USB Memory Stick”

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