National Cyber Security Alliance and McAfee Release New Cybercrime Data for National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Nearly One in Five Americans Report Being Victimized Online
WASHINGTON, October 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Nearly one in five Americans report being victim to a crime that was committed over the Internet, according to a survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and McAfee. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a coordinated national effort focusing on the need for improved online safety and security for all Americans and the study examines one of the month’s focal topics: cybercrime and law enforcement.
Of those surveyed, 17 percent say they have been a victim of a crime that was committed over the Internet such as identity theft, data theft, bullying or auction fraud, and 29 percent know someone who has been a victim of such crimes. One in five Americans also had contact with someone on the Internet who made them feel uncomfortable through persistent emails, stalking or in other various ways.
When asked what puts Americans most at risk of a cybercrime or a loss of personal information the largest number of respondents, one-third (30 percent) said they believe connecting to an unsecured wireless network puts them most at risk while 22 percent said not having any or enough security software. Additionally, Americans’ top two concerns while using the Internet include: identity theft (41 percent) and someone hacking into their (or their family’s) financial information (13 percent).
The most cited concern for parents is adult sexual content, with 39 percent stating this is their biggest source of worry. Additionally, 27 percent of parents report the potential for their child to make contact with strangers when they are online is their biggest point of concern. Other concerns identified include bullying or harassment from peers (ten percent); identity theft (nine percent) – which is continuing to grow as an issue; portrayals of drug or alcohol use (three percent); long-term damage to their child’s reputation (two percent).
“The Internet is an incredible resource for connecting with people but as we conduct more of our lives online, we must remain mindful that there are bad actors using it to track, harass or make unwanted contact, and these criminals are more resourceful than ever,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “This data supports an ever-increasing need for online users to be vigilant in their actions each day. Working together, we can provide Americans with the tools and information they need to practice safe online behaviors during October and throughout the year.”
NCSA continues to work with leading companies in the cyber industry to determine best practices for users to stay safe online. Roland Cloutier, vice president and chief security officer of ADP added, “Our goal is to shine a spotlight on cybercrime issues, and provide consumers, parents, and the law enforcement community with an engaging dialogue, tools and practical advice to protect against this growing problem. All Internet users must be educated to recognize cyber threats and how to take ongoing action to protect ourselves and our digital infrastructure from victimization.”
Tom Kellermann, U.S. vice president of cybersecurity at TrendMicro, said: “The threats posed by cybercrime are very real and can impact every person and organization across the United States and around the world. By working together, we can learn how to prevent these acts to provide a safer community for all. We’re proud to work together with the National Cyber Security Alliance this month and throughout the year to spread the word about steps we can all take to protect ourselves and our youth online.”
NCSA is also continuing to work with local law enforcement and cybercrime organizations to help facilitate an increased awareness and uncover best practices with handling cybercrime issues. An example of such collaboration includes an event today in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month. NCSA board members and executives will join officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, local law enforcement and others in Miami, FL to discuss cybercrime issues such as credit card skimming, data breaches, viruses and malware and best practices with handling such crimes.
In addition to the research study and today’s cybercrime focused event, NCSA is also introducing new collateral for victims of cybercrime. These resources include a pamphlet entitled, “If You Become a Victim of Cybercrime” and a coordinating brochure on tips and advice that were created with input from the National Sheriffs’ Association and International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The publications are targeted to victims of malicious acts and detail the realities of cybercrime, how to report cybercrime and who to contact, how to collect and keep evidence of victimization, information on specific types of cybercrime, and additional links for information. These materials can be found at: http://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/protect-your-personal-information/id-theft-and-fraud.
NCSA also advises all Internet users to access the Web using these three simple steps: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. All Internet users should take security measures, understand the consequences of their behavior and actions and enjoy the benefits of the Internet. Here are some additional tips and advice:
- When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.
- Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
- Protect your Money: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security enabled. Look for Web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.
- Think before you act: Be wary of communication that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
- Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
- Help the authorities fight cybercrime: Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) and to your local law enforcement or state attorney general as appropriate.
For additional information on how to prevent cybercrime before it happens, check out the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign at http://stopthinkconnect.org/tips-and-advice/. NCSAM supporters can get the latest news and updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/staysafeonline and on Twitter at @StaySafeOnline. The official Twitter hashtag of NCSAM is #ncsam. The National Cyber Security Awareness Month Web Portal is also available at: http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/ and a calendar of additional NCSAM events can be found at: http://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/events.
NCSA also welcomes organizations to show their support for NCSAM by becoming an official NCSAM Champion and submitting their registration at:
JZ Analytics conducted the online safety survey. The survey firm, founded by John Zogby, surveyed 1,000 adults nationwide from August 31, 2012 to September 3, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 3.2 percentage points and margins of error are higher in sub-groups. The full study and fact sheet are available at: http://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/resources/.
About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance is a non-profit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share. NCSA board members include: ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Symantec, Trend Micro, Verizon and Visa. Visit www.staysafeonline.org for more information and join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/staysafeonline.
McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the Web more securely. Backed by its unrivaled Global Threat Intelligence, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve their security. McAfee is relentlessly focused on constantly finding new ways to keep our customers safe. http://www.mcafee.com
About STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
The campaign was developed by the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Messaging Convention, a public-private partnership established in 2009 and led by The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to develop and support a national cybersecurity awareness campaign. The Department of Homeland Security provides the Federal Government’s leadership for the campaign. Industry, government, non-profits and education institutions participate in STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Learn how to get involved at the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/STOPTHINKCONNECT, on Twitter at @STOPTHNKCONNECT, and the campaign website at www.stopthinkconnect.org.
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Facebook, Google+, and most social networking sites today offer numerous privacy controls that somewhat protect users’ privacy. OnlyMeWorld, respects users’ privacy rights, anonymity, and offers a solution to the prevention of cyber crime.
Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) October 02, 2011
OnlyMeWorld — Everyone from journalists to students, blogosphere to wall street, hackers to homemakers, and now even Washington DC lawmakers, are talking about a wide range of issues involving market share, social media, marketing, and much more!
The two most important issues everyone is talking about are “Privacy” and “Cyber Crime” said, Carlson Yamamoto, the founder and president of OnlyMeWorld. “There is a general misconception though about these issues”
Byron Acohido, USA Today, recently reported that Chris Calabrese, legal counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union was quoted saying that the latest Facebook changes touch a privacy nerve, “There’s a loss of user control here, combined with the permanent nature of the information, it means there is a lack of the ability for consumers to control and protect their online reputations.”
“I think that we all know whatever you put on the web today is no longer private” says, Carlson Yamamoto. “The problem people have is when information is collected about them unknowingly.”
Carlson Yamamoto gives an example: “When you go into a department store, you know that the store’s security camera and staff are watching you. You fill out credit card applications, surveys, and socialize. This is all done knowingly and voluntarily. Once you leave the store though, does the store have a right to continue to watch, analyze, and track you without your permission? This is what Facebook, Google+, and many other social networking sites today are doing, which is not only an invasions of ones privacy, it’s a crime!”
Facebook, Google+, and most social networking sites today offer numerous privacy controls that somewhat protect users’ privacy. When asked do these numerous privacy controls protect users from Cyber Crime, Big Brother Abuses, and Profiling? Carlson Yamamoto emphatically answers, “No!”
“Privacy controls only protect users profiles from being viewed by the general public, but do not stop hackers, companies, and governments from viewing and abusing your personal & financial life,” explains Carlson Yamamoto.
Regardless of what sites today promise regarding security, any site can be hacked. (Some examples would be: governments, banks, and law enforcement agencies who all have “so called” state of art security systems) Social networking sites such as Facebook and Google+ are open-door gold mines for cyber criminals.
Hackers, companies and governments today have developed Facial Recognition Software, Data Mining, and Web Tracking, And, the information that users give both “Voluntarily” and “Involuntarily” to social networking sites such as Facebook and Google+ can be used for both good and bad purposes. “If used in a positive way, perhaps it could occasionally help law enforcement agencies throughout the world combat crime, or help end poverty and disease, or even promote socioeconomic equality. If used in a negative way, there will only be the haves and have-nots, the rich and the poor, all automatically profiled according to individual demographics,” concludes Carlson Yamamoto.
The obvious solution to address these problems involving privacy, anonymity and cyber crime is simple; use no real names, and do not store people’s email addresses.
OnlyMeWorld offers a social networking platform similar in function to Facebook, Google+, yet it differs in its approach to Privacy Rights, Anonymity, and Protection from Cyber Crime. At OnlyMeWorld, people are able to participate with absolute privacy and anonymity. OnlyMeWorld requires no real names or email addresses. It uses no web tracking, no facial recognition software, and no data mining.
OnlyMeWorld is the only safe alternative to Facebook, Google+, and other social networking sites.
Carlson Yamamoto is the Founder & President of OnlyMeWorld, Entrepreneur, and White Collar & Cyber Crime Consultant.
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Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition protects Android smartphones and tablets
CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Trend Micro, Inc. (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) a global cloud security leader and long-time innovator in mobile security, today announced the latest addition to Trend Micro’s Mobile arsenal, Trend Micro™ Mobile Security Personal Edition, a solution designed to protect both Android smartphones and tablets that includes a free app scanner, lost device protection and enhanced security to block threats while surfing the Web, calling or texting.
In January 2011, Trend Micro introduced Trend Micro™ Mobile Security for Android™ during CES in Las Vegas, NV. Early features included:
- Safe surfing
- Parental controls
- Download protection
- Call and text filtering
As Android devices gain in popularity so does its use from cybercriminals. Trend Micro’s threat researchers have tracked new threats targeting Android devices growing at 800% since February 2011. In this version, which also follows the release of Trend Micro’s Enterprise solution, Trend Micro Mobile Security 7, a consumer’s mobile devices will be better protected based on the new data that has been discovered over the last six months. New and enhanced features include:
- New App Scanner: Designed to block infected apps from installing and stealing your personal information
- New Lost Device Protection: From a personal online portal, you can locate a lost device, trigger an alarm, remotely lock it or even wipe it clean to protect your personal information.
- Enhanced Surf, Call, and Text Security: Designed to block online threats like banking scams, blocks unwanted calls and text messages and designed to block inappropriate websites to protect your children.
“We believe mobile users need to be protected against malicious applications. To help protect as many people as possible and stifle criminal attempts to steal personal and financial information we are offering our anti-malware scanner for free.” said Carol Carpenter, General Manager, Consumer Business at Trend Micro.
Additional enhancements offer a secure Web-based portal that enables users to remotely find a lost device on a Google map and set off an alarm, even if the device is set to silent. If the device can’t be found it can be locked from the portal and if all else fails the user can wipe the contents by triggering a factory reset. As a safeguard, if the SIM card is removed the device is also automatically locked. The Web-based portal provides an easy user experience for those who may be in a state of panic over the whereabouts of their device. They just need to remember http://www.TrendMicro.com/ilostmyandroid.
With the sheer amount of personal information now being stored and transacted via these devices it is imperative that misplaced devices be recoverable or the sensitive information deleted. Not only do these devices allow a 3rd party to run up phone and data bills, but they could potentially grant access to online banking, social networking and in some cases even provide access to home automation systems including doors and alarms.
“With over 200,000 devices currently protected with prior or Beta versions of the solution, and Trend Micro’s history of protecting mobile platforms since the middle of last decade. We are confident in our ability to provide a range of solutions that enable people to live out their digital lives in a safe and secure fashion.” concluded Ms Carpenter.
Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition also gives users the ability to protect their web surfing, calls and texts. Leveraging the power of the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network infrastructure, which blocks over 5 billion threats daily, all websites visited on the device browser are checked against the same reputation databases that protect Trend Micro’s global customer base. Parents can set web surfing policies to block inappropriate content. And calls and text message scan be blocked to avoid time wasting, costly and unwanted contact.
Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition is available via the Android Market and major retail stores. While the app scanner is free, the premium services, including Lost Device Protection and Surf, Call, Text Security are available for USD$29.99 for a 1 year license.
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) a global cloud security leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and consumers. A pioneer in server security with over 20 years’ experience, we deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our customers’ and partners’ needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in physical, virtualized and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ cloud computing security infrastructure, our products and services stop threats where they emerge – from the Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the globe.
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