How to protect your online accounts

Anyone with an online account is familiar with providing verification in order to login and access an account. Whether it’s to pay a bill, manage a service, or set up an appointment, a login and password is virtually always requested. These safeguards are put in place to protect the user’s…

Cybersecurity Preparedness

Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, we wanted to share how we approach cybersecurity and provide you with tips on how to protect your data. Throughout this month, federal agencies try to educate the public and private sector about various cyber threats and offers tips and best practices…

Charlie’s month-end reading list

Start the fall season right with the latest from the Fort Pitt reading list: The first piece, "Amazon slashes Whole Foods prices as much as 43 percent, channel checks reveal," is a Zero Hedge article that examines Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods. Amazon has slashed prices on many Whole Foods items…

Ensure tech-savvy kids are safe online

Today, kids are online from an early age for education tools, games and connecting socially with peers. While parents want to make sure that children behave in a safe and secure way, it can be difficult to navigate kids’ security since older generations didn’t necessarily grow up with the same…

What’s the passphrase?

To prevent hacking, we are often prompted to create “strong” passwords, which may include a numeric figure or symbol. But, have you ever considered going a step farther and using a passphrase? According to a SANS Institute newsletter, passphrases are, “Phrases or simple sentences that are easy to remember, but…

Cybersecurity roundup

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so we’re offering readers a recap of the most important cybersecurity posts we’ve put together courtesy of The SANS Institute. In today’s digital age, when most communication occurs via the internet, it’s imperative that people take precaution. Preventing a potential phishing attack Email serves…