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The Weekly Roundup 11.6 Edition

by Amy November 6, 2015


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How to Make Your Facebook Profile Secure

Facebook is a great platform to share what’s going on in your life with your friends and family members. But it’s important to make sure that information does not fall into the wrong hands. There are certain measures you should take to ensure that your Facebook account is safe and secure and can not be viewed by strangers. Next time you’re on Facebook click on “Who can see my stuff?” and then “What do other people see on my Timeline?” With this feature you can see how your profile looks to friends, friends of friends, and the public. Additionally, you can limit what people see, restrict who can befriend you, and limit who can search for you. With the ever increasing number of privacy breeches online, it is in your best interest to make sure that your social media profiles are protected.

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This is How Passwords get Hacked

If your password is the same for every site you log into, now is the time to make a change. Hackers crack passwords by creating codes that try multiple different username and password combinations until they get a match. These codes are typically aimed at sites, like online forums, that have lower security and are therefore easier to crack. If you use the same password on one of these lower security sites that you use on your online banking account, your financial information could be at risk. An easy way to differentiate your passwords with minimal effort is by adding symbols to replace letters, placing numbers after letters or by changing the capitalization. Another way to switch up passwords while still keeping track of them is to use a password manager. Password variation is crucial to security.

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Safety Tips for Using Uber

Uber has grown rapidly in popularity in cities across the world. By downloading the app, users can connect with a driver and request a ride any time of day. While Uber has come to rival the taxi industry, the safety of getting a ride from a stranger has been called into question. To remain safe while using the popular app, there are certain precautions that every Uber user should take. First, verify the identity of the driver and the car before you get in. The app provides the driver’s info, a picture of the car, and their rating. Make sure you have the correct driver and vehicle before getting inside. Another safety tip is to wait inside for your ride to come. This will give you time to verify that you have the correct driver and that you are not in any danger entering the vehicle.

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The Banking Industry and Online Fraud Protection

A 2015 IT Security Risks Survey found that a third of banks did not provide secure channels for their online payments. This is troublesome because the same survey found that over 50% of banks believe that fraudulent activity online is on the rise. With online and mobile banking becoming the preferred method of banking for millennials, it is important that banks take online threats seriously. Unfortunately, many banks feel that prevention is more expensive than reacting to individual incidents. This approach may have worked in the past, but with the future of banking heading towards being exclusively online, it is important for financial services to take steps to combat online fraud as opposed to merely mitigating risk.

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