Keeping you safer online

More than ever, crooks are taking time to learn about your life so their phishing emails to you will look more credible.

Here are examples of the most dangerous type of fake email. 

See how to identify and avoid these targeted emails.

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Capital One data breach:

What’s a consumer to do?


The good news: stolen personal information regarding over 100 million US and Canadian residents who applied for Capital One credit cards apparently never made it to the black market. But many consumers wonder what they can do to protect themselves from this and other cyber breaches.


According to NerdWallet, the strongest step is for consumers to freeze their accounts with the three credit reporting agencies: Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.


Freezing credit records protects a consumer in the event a fraudster tries to open a new account in their name, but existing credit accounts remain open.  Consumers must temporarily unfreeze their credit with each agency before applying for a loan. There is no fee for that. Do a web search on “freeze my credit” to learn more.


Average age children get their first smartphones


Teens who are online

Teens who are on social media


kids who say parents trust their

online behavior


parents who think their kids

are safe online


parents who monitor their kids'

online behavior

"Start the discussions at an early age and stay involved."

— Webwise Technology

"Don't just tell them the rules. Spend time with them."

— Sentor IT Security


kids who change their online behavior if they think their parents are watching


kids who hide their browsing history


kids who have social media accounts their parents don't know about


kids who have been bullied online — up 10% from last year


kids who have been called names and degraded online


kids who have been victims of false rumors online

"If you wouldn't do it in person, don't do it online."

— Symantec

"Once you post it, it's on the internet forever."

— Fujitsu


kids who rely on their parents to help protect themselves online


teen girls who share passwords with friends (boys: 27%)


teens whose smartphones aren't password-protected


kids more likely to suffer ID theft than adults


kids whose social media posts are viewable by everyone


sex offenders who used personal information from social media sites

"We talk with our kids about everything online."

— Bloxx Technology

Sources: Pew Internet, WebMD, SearchRPM, CNBC

Looking for ways to keep your kids safer online? Here are steps to consider from a panel of cybersecurity experts.

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2019 School kids and the Web _ Richland

The IT team in Richland County is committed to keeping you and your family safe online, at work and at home.


We're sending you Aware Force as a resource to keep you informed and alert about cybersecurity threats that are growing in number and complexity.

In the upcoming edition of Cybersecurity News
from the Richland County Cybersecurity team:
The simplest ways to protect your privacy online.

August 2019 a • Edition #74

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