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New App lets you avoid crime hotspots in London

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High-crime London neighbourhoods will be flagged up by a controversial new social app that offers people the choice of a “safe” or “risky” route to their destination. RedZone aims to become a “virtual neighbourhood watch” with GPS navigation similar to the A-to-B directions of Google Maps, but with a verbal warning when the user nears a crime hotspot. Algorithms “geo-fence” troublespots using sources including Met police data, news stories, crowdsourcing and social media. Users input to and from points and are offered a slower route deemed safer or a faster, but allegedly riskier, one. RedZone, free on Apple iOS, also features reporting buttons for users to “broadcast an incident” by dropping pins on a map, including the option of attaching photographs and video. Founder Ted Farnsworth told the Standard he planned releasing a London version within a month and denied it could unfairly stigmatise neighbourhoods after some Twitter users claimed the US version was racist. A “view crime” button shows incidents, including stabbings, assaults and thefts, as pins over the past six months and clicking on a pin shows the date it occurred. Users can drop their own pins for crimes and also alert others to hazards, traffic cameras, road […]

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Attorney General DeWine Offers Five Tips to Avoid Scams While Shopping Online

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Attorney General DeWine Offers Five Tips to Avoid Scams While Shopping Online

As consumers shop online during Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is encouraging them to protect their personal information and avoid scams online. “It’s a busy time of year, but it’s important not to let your guard down when it comes to identity theft and fraud prevention,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We encourage people to check out the websites they’re using before entering payment information, to be careful about the type of payment they use when shopping online, and to watch for signs of a scam.” The Monday after Thanksgiving, known as Cyber Monday, is considered one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, and according to survey results from the National Retail Federation, almost half of holiday shopping (browsing and buying) will occur online this year. To avoid scams while shopping online, Attorney General DeWine offers consumers the following recommendations: Install updates on your devices before shopping. Installing updates on your phone, tablet, computer, or other electronic devices can add new security patches and critical files, so make sure your apps, anti-virus software, operating systems, and other important programs are up to date before entering payment information. Remember to download or […]

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Experts provide tips to avoid scams on Cyber Monday

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Experts provide tips to avoid scams on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. With growing concerns over credit card fraud, many are wondering how to best protect themselves from scams. With a few simple tips from experts, however, most shoppers can avoid the holiday headache. Elizabeth McMullen loves to shop in downtown La Crosse, but said during the Holiday season, it’s difficult to avoid online shopping. “You don’t have to fight the crowds,” said McMullen. “You can get things pretty fast, and it’s nice to just do it in your pajamas in your home.” Like many others, McMullen said scammers can take out all of the holiday fun. “It’s definitely become so easy to do it that you just have to be aware of what’s going on,” said McMullen. A common tip for online holiday shopping is sticking to sites that a user is most familiar with. “Make sure the site you are buying online is one that’s known, and one that you know and is reputable,” said Cheryl Dutton, vice president of marketing at Altra Federal Credit Union. Once a user has found the perfect holiday gift, experts advise to look for further proof that a website is secure. […]

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Teens taught to avoid identity theft by filtering social media

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Identity theft is nothing new but a push to protect kids and teens is new and now underway in Utah schools. Wednesday is “get smart about credit day” and Zion’s Bank used the opportunity to talk to teens about what they can do to protect their credit as they prepare to leave home. A new Carnegie Mellon study shows that teens age 15 to 18 are twice as likely as their parents to become victims of fraud and identity theft. The study points to kids as easy targets with new clean credit and their use of social media. For many teens social media can be their downfall even when they’re doing all they think they can to protect their hard-earned money. At West High today kids were asked a few seemingly simple questions like whether or not they shared their birthday on social media, and more importantly the actual year they were born. Many students answered yes to both questions, and many more that stand to hurt them in the long run. Teens got the financial reality check from Zion’s Bank president Scott Anderson who says teens need to be aware of what their credit report can do to hurt […]

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HOW TO AVOID GETTING HACKED AT THE ATM

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We’ve heard the warnings for years now to avoid sketchy ATMs, yet folks continue to withdraw from hacked ATMs and later watch helplessly as money drains from their accounts. Thanks in part to slow adoption of EMV chip smart cards in the U.S., thefts of card data from U.S. ATMs are at the highest rate in two decades. From January to April alone, ATM security breaches rose 174% from the same time last year. New ATMs are on the rise that claim to defeat the current ATM hacking methods, but in the meantime, there are tips to steer clear of ATMs that are most likely to be hacked. STAY IN PLAIN SIGHT When you insert your bank card into an ATM, it reads the information on the black magnetic stripe as it pulls the card into the machine. One way hackers steal your card info is by mounting a very thin reader ahead of the ATM machine’s card reader to get your card’s information as you slide your card in. Another is by prying into the machine itself and hooking up to the ATM’s digital guts to hack it the old fashioned way. Regardless of a hacker’s method to steal […]

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5 Ways Your Identity Can Be Stolen When You Travel (and How to Avoid it)

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Traveling abroad is now easier than it has ever been, and many are beginning to take advantage of cheaper airfares, more broadly accepted travel cards, and lower interest rates. But it’s a double edged-sword. As people make plans to travel the world, they often get caught up in the excitement and fail to protect themselves from online identity theft—a problem that is on the rise. The situation is reaching epidemic proportions. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 16.6 million people fell victim to identity theft in 2012 alone. So it seems the days of saying, “It’ll never happen to me” are over. Here’s what you need to know about the ways travelers are being targeted, and what tech solutions are available to combat the threat. 1. Insecure Public WiFi Networks Whenever you access the Internet on the move—at a café, airport, park, library, or shopping mall—you’re putting yourself and your information at risk. Hackers have become adept at stealing personal data, and there’s a lot they can do with it when they’re given half a chance. Solution: Protecting your information from malicious intent is as simple as getting yourself set up on The Onion Router (TOR), a secure network […]

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Cyber-Flashing And How To Avoid Being Hit

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Cyber-flashing is the latest form of cyber-crime to rear its ugly head. So far only one case has been reported, but it’s important that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) users take steps to protect themselves as it uses the AirDrop feature that’s available on iOS devices and Macs. It’s really a nice feature for those who want to easily share files or images with their own devices, but cyber-flashing puts a very nefarious use to it. What is cyber-flashing? A woman in London told police that while she was riding on a train, someone shared an unsolicited, illicit photo with her via AirDrop. According to The BBC, Lorraine Crighton-Smith said someone she doesn’t know sent her two photos of a penis. She felt “violated” and was concerned about who else the person may have sent the photos to as it’s possible children may have received the photos or may become victims of this type of crime in the future if people are not made aware of it. The British Transport Police said they’ve never heard of this sort of crime before and have dubbed it “cyber-flashing.” How AirDrop works Crighton-Smith said at the time she received the images, she was on a train […]

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Double stress: how to avoid stress from being stressed

stressJust when it looks like you have finally reached your maximum threshold for stress, there is something else you can now stress out about–stress. Yes, that is right, you can indeed stress about being stressed, and this “double stress” could possibly be more dangerous for your health. A 2013 article by The Atlantic details a study from the European Heart Journal which found that those who thought stress had an influence on their health had more health problems years later than those who were not as “stressed about stress.” As National Stress-Awareness Month approaches in April, get into the spirit by following these tips. No stress, though.

1. Make a list of your stressors.

It might be helpful for you to combat stress from stress by writing down everything that is stressing you out. While looking at a long list might not make you feel better initially, you can take comfort in knowing that as soon as you conquer a specific problem, you can cross it off. On the other hand, realizing that you only have a short list might take away some of the burden. The Mayo Clinic also recommends discovering your stress triggers so you can look to avoid them.

2. Organize, organize, organize.

The less you have to worry about being out of place, the less you have to stress about. Try organizing your room, your car, or your desk. Get rid of extra clutter and put all of the important things you need together in one place for easy access. Sometimes just rearranging all of your stuff will allow you to see things from a new, better perspective.

3. Look for the positives in your stress list.

Maybe you have a lot going on at work right now, and you are really not looking forward to the amount of time and effort you will have to put into it. Instead of looking at the negatives, try to think about the good that could come from the tasks you have to do. That big idea you are stressing about might just get you a raise or a promotion after you present it to your boss, and a little extra money could certainly help to cancel out some of your other possible stressors. Reforming thinking patterns can be difficult, but you can try some of Mind Tools’ positive thinking exercises here to get an idea.

4. Cut out negative things in your life.

Whether it is food, habits, or people, make sure to reevaluate their place in your life and replace them with positive alternatives. Do not do anything drastic, though–that might just make things worse.

5. Time management.

Have you ever created a monthly budget? Try switching it into a daily or weekly time budget to see how many hours you actually spend on an activity versus how many hours you do in reality. This insight will give you a better handle on refocusing your time if need be.

6. Remind yourself that you are a good person.

You deserve the best, but it will most likely take a lot of work and a lot of stress to get there. Repeat important words, phrases, or anything that makes you feel better out loud or in your head when you are feeling the most stressed. Prolific Living has 100 affirmations for a variety of situations, so test some out and see how you feel after a couple of repetitions.

Stress is tough, but you do not have to stress out about it. Here’s to a stress-free April!

 

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How to avoid skimmers at gas pumps

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Credit card skimming at gas stations across Florida is becoming more prevalent. To avoid having your information stolen by thieves, pay with cash, says the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In just the past two months, the agency’s inspectors have removed eight credit card skimmers from gas station pumps across the state. These skimmers are used to steal the credit card information from consumers, and the thieves then use the card information to make purchases in someone else’s name. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services works to protect consumers from fraud and scams, and this week, March 1-7, is National Consumer Protection Week. Here are the department’s other tips about how to avoid skimmers.   Check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and has not been tampered with. Many stations are now putting a piece of security tape over the cabinet to ensure it has not been opened by unauthorized individuals. Try to use a gas pump closer to the front of the store. Thieves often place skimmers at the gas pumps farther away from the store so they aren’t noticed as quickly. Use a credit card instead of a debit card. […]

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Perfect security impossible, but businesses work to avoid cyber hacks

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads  Growing instances of cybercrime — criminals penetrating the data systems of businesses, organizations and people — has many in Frederick County working to address the threat. “Because anything you do on the Internet can be hacked, perfect security is unachievable,” said Virginia A. McGovern, who teaches cybersecurity at Mount St. Mary’s University. “Businesses have several considerations when it comes to security, including cost, convenience and time,” McGovern said. “Another factor is making sure everyone is aware of what the security concerns are.” The attacks on major businesses such as Target and JPMorgan Chase resulted in hackers stealing confidential information on millions of customers. The problem creates confusion and a lack of trust from the public for businesses, Sarah Bloom-Raskin, deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury, said in an address to the Texas Bankers Association in December. She reported that a survey of nearly 10,000 corporations internationally revealed almost 43 million detected cybersecurity incidents in 2014, up nearly 50 percent from 2013. What you can do Making employees aware of the problem and what to do and not do is paramount, McGovern said. “For example, a flash drive taken home from work and inserted into an […]

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