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Ramp Up Your Cybersecurity With PCMag's Online Safety Checklist
We're coming to the end of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. During the previous weeks of October, I focused on a theme from the See Yourself in Cyber campaign. Last week I offered up some resources to help you spot phishing scams, and this week I'm giving you another tool to help keep you safer online: a simple cybersecurity checklist. The interactive checklist is available on this page.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe

What was your first experience on the internet? When my dad built me my first computer and encouraged me to explore online, he didn't hand me a list of security guidelines to follow. Instead, he handed me several free hours of AOL service on a CD-Rom and told me to have fun. The internet has changed since those days, and existing online now requires a different, more vigilant routine to reduce your risk of falling victim to phishing or another type of scam.

To help you stay safe on the modern, more dangerous internet, I've created a safety checklist for your home or small business. It's based on a checklist offered in Google's Workspace Learning Center and a different security checklist from Purdue University's Information Technology division.

PCMag's checklist lets you assess your security risks and resolve any issues quickly. It also has a series of dont's, which are warnings designed to change how you interact with media online.

Check Off Security Tasks Each Month

Click here to visit and bookmark the checklist so you can go through this list once a month or so. It'll help you develop positive online safety habits. You may not need to perform every action each time, but it can be helpful to be reminded of other security tasks you might need to do in the future.

One more thing: If you don't already have antivirus protection or a password manager, we've reviewed many of them, so check out the links for our Editors' Choice winners.

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What Else Is Happening in the Security World This Week?

Bumble Open-Sources AI That Flags Unsolicited Nudes. Now anyone can use Private Detector to curb cyber flashing.

FTC Punishes Uber's Drizly and Its CEO for 2020 Data Breach. "CEOs who take shortcuts on security should take note," an FTC official says.

Hide Your Texts to Protect More Than Juicy Gossip. Allowing text messages to show on your phone's lock screen is a gateway for snoops, hackers, and thieves. Luckily there's a way to fix i.

People Still Think Their Smart Speakers Are Eavesdropping on Conversations. In short, they’re not. But a new report finds increasing cyber anxiety, as well as people clinging to bad security habits.

Twitter Whistleblower: Stop Treating Cybersecurity Like Folklore. Information security is not "some unquantifiable, scary environment" that requires knee-jerk decisions, Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko says at a D.C. cybersecurity gathering.

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FBI Issues New Tech Support Scam Warning
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Earlier this week, the FBI’s Boston division warned the public about an alarming rise in tech support fraudsters duping consumers into thinking their PCs or bank accounts have been compromised.
As PCMag’s Michael Kan reports, tech support fraud involves scammers pretending to be legitimate customer service agents, usually from a high-profile company such as Apple or Microsoft. The goal is to trick the victim into believing there's something wrong with their computer or bank account; the scammer then proceeds to claim the user needs to pay money to fix the issue. To panic the consumer, the fraudsters can even claim the user’s computer was found with child sexual abuse material on it.

Read on to find out how the scammers dupe their victims and what you can do to avoid getting fooled.  

Texas Sues Google for Violating State's Biometric Privacy Law

How to Completely Disappear From the Internet

Police in Brazil Nab Suspected Member of LAPSUS$ Hacking Gang

Microsoft Leaks Business Customer Data Via Misconfigured Storage Server

What to Do When You've Been Hacked

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