For Immediate Release
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (November 25, 2013) – With the popularity
of Cyber Monday and the convenience of shopping online during the holiday
season, it is important to protect your computer from cyber threats and
attacks. In observance of Computer Security Day on November 30, Broward College
Chief Information Security Officer Matthew Santill is offering measures people
can take to identify cyber threats and avoid an identity theft catastrophe.
fraudsters are continuously learning new techniques to gain access to sensitive
information, and their progressive practices are becoming harder to detect,”
said Santill. “Being able to recognize a threat is an essential key in keeping
data and information secure, and crucial to avoiding a disaster.”
way for thieves to access personal information is through phishing, which is an
email that attempts to scam users into providing personal information. To
identify phishing, look for emails that include many misspelling or grammar
mistakes, a notification to redeem monetary prizes, or urgent messages
suggesting cancelation of services. To reduce the chance of a phishing attempt,
avoid clicking suspicious links, call the business to verify authenticity of
the message and use common sense before reacting to an email. Often, if it
looks too good to be true, it probably is.
thieves can gain access to personal information is through computer
viruses. Usually disguised as something harmless and often delivered
through phishing scams or downloaded programs, computer viruses can record
everything entered into a computer, delete or corrupt important data and gain
control of an owner’s computer. Simple solutions to safeguard against viruses
include installing and updating anti-virus software, staying informed about
updates and threats, and regularly changing passwords.
growing popularity of mobile devices, and the convenience of having email,
contact information, internet access and cal
rs in the palm of your hand,
thieves are targeting smartphones and tablets to obtain valuable personal data.
To avoid the mobile threat of identity theft, mobile users should get into the
habit of locking phones with a passcode. In addition, it is important to be
selective with the information that is stored on the device, and cautious when
downloading and opening files.
If personal information has been stolen, acting quickly, and reporting
suspicious activity to credit reporting agencies will help in reducing the
impact of cyber-attacks and identity theft. Also consider obtaining a free
credit report to determine the extent of the damage, and file a report with the
local police department.
Broward College is ranked as one of the top ten community colleges in the
nation by the Aspen Institute. Serving more than 68,000 students annually,
Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year
university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees
in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality
educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a
diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.