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By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:35:56 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on November 3, 2015

With password breaches in recent years, it's become an imperative not to reuse passwords. People use simple passwords because it's too hard to remember strong ones. This is where a password manager can help.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:50:59 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on August 11, 2015

Are you considering a career in cybersecurity? There were more than 75,000 information security analyst positions available in 2012, and it is projected that the number will climb to over 100,000 jobs by 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. Reports from Cisco and Symantec indicate a shortage of talent with over 1 million unfilled openings globally. Fortunately, formal education programs are available on Oahu.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Friday, May 22, 2015 1:48:00 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on May 19, 2015

Virtual desktop infstracture, or VDI, allows you to access your desktop from any Internet-connected device, including PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones. With VDI, your view will always be the same, regardless of device, wich is very attractive to businesses with mobile workforces. Here are some security-related advantages to this environment.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:15:38 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on April 21, 2015

How can the Internet be used for illegal or secret activity since everything is traceable? Why, the Deep Web, of course! Learn more...

By Hawaiian Telcom on Saturday, April 04, 2015 10:18:01 AM

Technology today is so pervasive. Our children have access to much more technology than many of us did when we were growing up. As parents, it’s important to keep a watchful eye on what your children are doing online, to know the games they play and websites they visit and to establish ground rules early.


By Hawaiian Telcom on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:29:43 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on March 24, 2015

Ransomware is a class of malicious software that infects and restricts access to your computer until a payment is made. The method of infection is similar to that of phishing attacks and spreads through compromised websites and email containing malicious attachments or links. The key difference is ransomware is more overt and confronts you shortly after you've been compromised. Prevention is the key to defending yourself.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Monday, March 02, 2015 4:02:34 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on February 24, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology movement to enable connectivity to devices, from household items to industrial equipment. Learn what you must consider when evaluating and purchasing these devices.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 3:47:11 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on January 27, 2015

If you have an email address, you've probably been the target of a phishing scam. Find out how phishing attacks work and how to detect them.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 2:57:43 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on December 30, 2014

With countless data breaches occurring even at sizable companies like Sony, Home Depot and Target, it's evident that we need to better prepare and respond to data breaches. Here are five steps that can help.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Friday, December 19, 2014 4:45:58 PM

Follow these tips to protect yourself from becoming a phishing scam victim.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, December 02, 2014 10:11:05 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on December 2, 2014

The cybersecurity field is growing rapidly, with more new and vital roles to fill in government and the private sector than the number of qualified applicants. To prepare our future network defenders, CyberPatriot is working to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or STEM fields. CyberPatriot features a National Youth Cyber Defense Competition in which students defend networks against online adversaries. In 2013, Leilehua High School made it to the national finals! It's an exciting opportunity for Hawaii's middle and high school students to learn and test the waters in the cybersecurity realm.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, November 04, 2014 12:20:05 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on November 4, 2014 

If you're not among the tens of millions of American consumers who have had their credit cards and other personal information breached in the last few months, you're in the shrinking minority. Here are some tips consumers can use to protect themselves.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Monday, October 13, 2014 9:56:02 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on October 7, 2014 

This month marks the 11th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an effort designed to remind the public of the hazards they might face while using the Internet. Read DHS's five weekly focus topics for this month and additional tips from our Expert.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 2:34:40 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on September 9, 2014 

Few people had heard the term "catfishing" before Manti Te'o famously revealed last year that he had been a victim of the scam, which involves people who create fake social media profiles to pursue online romances. But Te'o is hardly alone in being duped by ficticious online personas, and most instances of catfishing have far greater--and often financial--consequences. Read what our Expert recommends so we don't fall prey to catfishing.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Friday, August 15, 2014 12:33:30 PM

We’d like to remind all our High-Speed Internet customers of the dangers of illegal downloading of music, movies, and television shows from the Internet. Hawaiian Telcom is receiving notices that some of our customers are copying or sharing songs, movies, and television programs from the Internet in violation of the copyright laws. These notices identify the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the alleged violators and threaten to take legal action against the violators. There are legal ways to find movies, television shows and music on the Internet. Learn more...

 

By Hawaiian Telcom on Friday, August 15, 2014 11:32:37 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on August 12, 2014 

News broke last week that a Russian crime syndicate had amassed the largest known collection of Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username-and-password combinations. Thanks to events such as this, Two-Factor Authentication, sometimes abbreviated 2FA, is gaining momentum. 2FA has been around for decades, but it only recently has become accessible to the general public. 

By Hawaiian Telcom on Friday, August 15, 2014 11:27:59 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on July 15, 2014 

When news broke in late June about Facebook running unsanctioned psychological experiments on their user population in the name of science, the reaction was overwhelmingly negative. The truth is that Facebook experiments on its user base quite frequently, and probably constantly. Facebook isn't alone here: Other social media sites conduct research on their users or allow third parties (like the government) to conduct their own. What can we learn from the revelations about these activities?

By Hawaiian Telcom on Friday, June 20, 2014 9:20:37 AM
Online advertising is big business. In 2013, U.S. online ad revenue reached $4.28 billion, surpassing broadcast television ads for the first time in history. That’s a 17% increase over the prior year. Unfortunately, as advertisers scramble to claim their slice of this growing pie, they sometimes leave the door open to cybercriminals who exploit weaknesses in the ad ecosystem to spread viruses and other malicious software through malicious advertisements or “malvertisements.”
By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:45:42 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on May 20, 2014 

In recent columns I've advocated for the general use of password managers as a mechanism to improve your password hygiene. Password managers generate strong passwords on a per-site basis and store them, eliminating the need for you to remember dozens of passwords for the different websites that you regularly visit. It also should eliminate the more common and very unsafe practice of reusing the same password on different websites. Naturally the question has come up: How safe are password managers? Aren't they the digital equivalent of putting all our eggs in one basket?

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:25:24 AM
This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on April 22, 2014 

With the recent Heartbleed vulnerability blowing up in the news, it's a good time to remind everyone that good passwords, and good password hygiene, are critical for the long-term protection of you and your online accounts. Site operators have a huge role to play in keeping their systems secure from hackers, but if you use weak passwords or don't change them often, you can weaken the site's security.

Here are some key tips for making sure you are doing your part in keeping your accounts secure...
By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:19:47 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on March 25, 2014

Since word broke last month that Target was ultimately breached through a connection it had established with one of its vendors, many businesses are taking a hard look at what kind of access they've granted to their own vendors.

And with good reason. It will be a tough year or two for Target's shareholders, but Target will survive this. The sobering reality is that most small and medium businesses don't survive such events. With the average cost of a data breach spiraling to $188,000, 60 percent of small businesses shutter their doors within six months of a data breach.

So, what steps can small and medium-size businesses take to reduce the risk of a breach coming from an established connection with a vendor or business partner?

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 1:46:51 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on February 25th, 2014

Many folks can't wait for tax season to kick off at the end of January so they can file their tax returns and get their refunds. But there's another group of people who are anxious to get started on your taxes, too: scammers.

The Internal Revenue Service incorrectly issued a massive $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds in 2012, according to a report released by the Treasury Inspector's Office in 2013. The money was largely sent to people who stole Social Security numbers and other personal information about U.S. citizens and then filed fraudulent tax returns in their names, claiming huge refunds.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 11:13:49 PM

In today’s world, it’s all about mobility. Taking your life with you while on-the-go has become the norm and because of that, it’s more important than ever to keep your devices safe and secure. That’s why we’ve chosen Lookout Security & Antivirus as our App Pick of the Month.

Today’s mobile devices aren’t just used as phones any more - they’re tiny handheld devices that hold the details of our lives – and chances are, you don’t want the details of YOUR life being put into the wrong hands. Lookout Security & Antivirus offers essential protection for your phone and tablet against malware, viruses, loss and theft. It’s available to both IOS and Android devices. There’s a free basic version, or if you want enhanced protection with added security, the premium version is available for an additional cost.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:58:07 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on October 8th, 2013

This October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which was launched by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to promote awareness about using the Internet responsibly.

This year’s theme -- “Our Shared Responsibility” -- notes that the Internet is a shared resource and securing it is our shared responsibility. The simple message is “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” Understanding the consequences of your online actions and behaviors will greatly reduce the hazards of using the Internet.

On the National Cyber Security Alliance’s website staysafeonline.org, weekly themes deliver awareness education in different focus areas:

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:01:41 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on November 5th, 2013

Last year’s “Cyber Monday” -- the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday -- was the heaviest spending day of the year for the third straight year, ringing up nearly $1.5 billion in online sales. It was the first time that online sales had topped the $1 billion mark. This year, the National Retail Foundation projects a 13 to 15 percent increase in online sales.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:37:32 AM

With Spring Break around the corner many of us will be traveling with our devices, so now is the perfect time to take a few steps toward mobile security, before it’s too late.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Thursday, November 29, 2012 4:43:56 PM

The bad guys routinely use a combination of methods to take advantage of the holiday shopping season.  We need to remain wary and question everything that looks appealing, especially among the deals that look too good to be true.   Schemes such as fake email campaigns, embedded links, intentionally misguided results from search engines, and messaging false ads from within social networks should be on your radar.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, October 09, 2012 3:39:51 PM

Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are constantly looking for ways to steal your personal information – and your money. They are also looking to recruit vulnerable computers into their vast “botnets”, that can then be used to send spam, spread viruses, or launch attacks against legitimate businesses over the Internet.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Sunday, October 07, 2012 8:41:02 PM

When internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing. Don't reply to email, text, or pop-up messages that ask for your personal or financial information. Don’t click on links within them either – even if the message seems to be from an organization you trust. It isn’t. Legitimate businesses don’t ask you to send sensitive information through insecure channels.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Sunday, October 07, 2012 8:40:04 PM

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people around the globe every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. Many scammers insist that you wire money, or pressure you to make an important decision on the spot. Don’t fall for such tactics. Use these tips to help you avoid common scams.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Sunday, October 07, 2012 8:38:59 PM
  1. Talk to your kids about the risks of being on the Internet. The Internet is a fascinating world for them, but make sure they understand the dangers.
  2. Understand that social networking often begins earlier than age 13: While Facebook has an official minimum age of 13, it is not enforceable, and many sites don’t restrict by age whatsoever. Growing numbers of elementary school children report having social networking profiles.
By Hawaiian Telcom on Sunday, October 07, 2012 8:37:49 PM

The security of your computer can affect the safety of your online experience – and your kids’. Talk to your kids regularly about the responsibility they have to protect the family’s personal information, and how to reduce the risk of their computer contracting a virus or other malicious software.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Sunday, October 07, 2012 8:35:37 PM

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, your Social Security number, or some other personal, financial, or medical information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes. Online threats like phishing, malware, or hacking can lead to identity theft.

If your personal information is lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised, you can minimize the potential damage from identity theft.