Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day Sale & Internet Safety

Hey everyone!

It's been a while since I checked on my blog and I'm still not used to checking it less since school started. I hope everyone is okay with the slower posting schedule. :)

Anyway, it's a long Labor Day weekend and for me, it's full of studying! My Anatomy class moves at such a fast pace that I need to come in prepared before my professor teaches the material. Basically, I need to know the material before I go in and get a review from the lecture! But I must say... the body is pretty cool. 

For the Labor Day weekend, I am having a big sale at trinkets!

Be sure to check it out for gift ideas and more! 

I'm going to wrap up this post with some Internet safety that I worked on with SingleHop. This is perfect timing since I know how big internet shopping is nowadays and with Labor Day weekend sales, here are some reminders! I picked 5 things that I personally think need to be paid attention to when using the internet. SingleHop wrote a detailed description for each of my no-no's so that I could bring awareness to these points. Enjoy!

The Pitfalls and Dangers of Posting & Sharing Private Information on the Internet
The Internet is a powerful tool for information, communication, and education, but it's a tool that I recommend be used as carefully as possible. Internet users need to be wary of what they share online in order to protect their privacy and to keep from becoming vulnerable to Internet viruses, hackers, and even certain offline dangers. There are three things in particular that Internet users will want to be sure they don't share online for their safety and the safety of their friends and family.
Financial Information, Especially on Public Wifi
Being able to pay your bills and shop online is great, but you'll definitely want to be careful how and where you share your financial information. The Heartbleed Bug impacted a variety of popular social media and financial websites. The way that the online attack worked was that hackers were able to take advantage of some of the vulnerabilities found in OpenSSL servers and gain access to personal and financial information stored there. While entering your credit or debit card information to pay for something online is a lot safer and more secure than it used to be, you'll still want to use a great deal of caution to properly protect yourself. Never share financial or personal information over a public Wifi signal since you never know who might be phishing for information over the same signal. Also be wary when storing your credit card information on websites for future use, as this can also open you up to additional vulnerabilities. (Dana: I had a friend who used to use her card info on public wifi signal all the time and experienced identity theft twice in the same 6 months!)
Vacation Plans
No matter how excited you might be about your upcoming vacation, you'll want to refrain from discussing where you're going, how long you'll be there, and when you're leaving. The reason I say this is that when you share or even store your vacation plans on your computer or on someone else's computer, there's a chance that the information can become compromised. If a burglar happens to learn when you're going on vacation, you might return home to see that you've been robbed and your home ransacked. I recommend that you only broadcast your vacation after you've come back from it.
Before you get too excited and decide to share pictures of yourself, your family, and your friends online, think twice. A majority of social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have a special ruling in their terms & conditions that states they can use your images however they like without your permission. In addition to this, most of these social sharing sites have servers that store all of their users’ information -- even after it has been deleted from the individual’s page or profile. This means that anything you post online has the potential to resurface at a later date. It also means that hackers might gain access to your information if they figure out how to break into these servers. It may seem like chances of this are slim, but just this spring, millions of people’s online information was hacked during the Heartbleed Bug.
On the other hand, however, there are many websites who make sure to use secure servers which have the most up-to-date security patches in place. If they cannot handle doing their own networking in-house, they can outsource it to cloud hosting and data center companies such as SingleHop. There are many important factors for website owners who choose to host through an outside company, and security is one of the most important. SingleHop is great because it can get you set up in a matter of minutes, and they always make sure to have the most timely security measures in place. Because of this, their servers, and therefore their customers, weren’t subjected to the Heartbleed Bug.
Many individuals already have firsthand experience of how frustrating and sometimes frightening it can be when your identity is hacked or your financial or personal information is stolen. With a bit of caution, vigilance, and useful information, you can avoid becoming a victim of Internet information theft or seeing your imaged used either online or offline without your permission. Before sharing, think about both the short-term and long-term effects of sharing your vacation plans, images of your friends, or your financial information over a public Wifi signal and online in general.

Have a great long weekend everyone! Stay safe while you're doing all that online shopping!!


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