Cyber criminals don't want you to read this ...

When it comes to cyber crime, the term is a broad one, incredibly so, but suffice it to say that it’s any crime in which a computer was used. This could be anything from hacking into public records and altering them to stealing people’s identities through phishing to stealing copyrighted material, oh and I forgot the most common of them all, cyber stalking. Which probably means you are all guilty in one manner or another. Pirating is still alive and well in Tampa Bay sans the eye patches.

So you know what it is, but your next question may be to how do you protect yourself, well use the anti-virus, security, and basic maintenance tools that come with any desktop, laptop, phone, server or whatever. They are there, or at least in the app markets. Also, just don’t be stupid. By stupid I mean leave everything unencrypted, and not using a lock out feature on your phone. These include a PIN, password, or pattern to get into your phone. But the major jist of what I’m getting at here, is that on Feb. 28 you get to ask the experts, so get yourself down to the SciCafe discussion and ask questions until you are sure you know. I was kidding earlier, there are no stupid questions when it comes to staying safe in this increasingly dangerous digital world.

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Stick em up!

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Daily News of Sri Lanka
Stick em up!
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  • Stick em up!

We’ve all seen it, and our computers have all suffered some sort of intrusion, vandalism, or theft. You may not be aware of it but I am willing to wager your debit card’s PIN on it. There is one more thing to be added to the list of open invites you have given the criminal element into your life; your phone. Yes, we’ve been through this before, your phone is a computer. Your phone is connected to the internet and therefore just a vulnerable as any other computer on any network. Your local PD has men on the job, and on February 28th they will be giving a talk at the Hangar Restaurant at 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. Moderated by WMNF 88.5’s Rob Lorei this panel will include St. Petersburg Police Dept.’s Cyber Crimes Detective Chris McClure, and cyber crime expert Stephen Pearson of the High Tech Crime Institute. Seating for this conversation begins at 5:30PM so be ready, and remember to bring pencil and paper because this stuff can save your rear end and your bottom line.

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