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CYBER SAFETY: A Guide to Staying Safe on The Internet. Last year, I opened my email, and there was an inquiry from someone in Caterpillar stating they were searching for a keynote speaker for their annual celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness in October. Right away my cybersecurity brain kicked in and I started to validate if the email was real and the person existed. I searched social media channels, did a google search and also went on the company website and concluded that this was a legitimate request. They found me because my team has been working to optimize our website SEO. I had my first meeting with them and a few weeks later I got selected as Caterpillar Keynote speaker for […]Read More
I’ve been in the Technology, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity fields for over 20 years, so I decided to break down cybersecurity for you and share everything you need to know about cybersecurity, so you can get a full picture of why cybersecurity is so important and how cybersecurity applies to the protection of your data, your family and business. I’ll also be sharing the four most common types of cybercrime, introducing you to the Cybermonsters, and give you a list of seven tips you can implement today in your cyber safety practices, whether you’re new to cybersecurity or not. Let’s start with an important question: What is cybersecurity? Cybersecurity is the set of practices, processes and technologies designed to protect our […]Read More
Websites can have many purposes, they are powerful tools to bring our product and services to our customers to serve them. When customers place trust in our services, the best way to honor that trust is to maintain websites secure so they can have peace of mind when visiting our pages and enjoy our content. Would you like visiting websites knowing the owner and the webmaster are doing all they can to protect it? I definitely do! Attacks against websites are happening on a daily basis around the world and anyone could become a victim of a website attack. What is website security? Website security refers to the ongoing processes and actions you take to secure your personal or business website […]Read More
The word “scam” relates to fraud, a dishonest scheme with the intention to deceive and take money or other goods from an innocent victim. The individual who commits the scam is known as a “swindler“, “scammer”, or “crook”. They tend to rely on the most common types of online scams in their business – which you’ll be learning all about today. Public transportation was a common platform for “estafadores” or scammers in my home country, Venezuela. One day, I decided to observe and notice how they operated, and more importantly – why they succeeded in their scams. They had different scripts. Some days, they pretended they lost a family member, so they were collecting money to go to the funeral. On other days they […]Read More
Have you ever had a headache where you can barely open your eyes? What about a headache in your forehead area or right on your temples? Even though I rarely experienced headaches when I was growing up, as an adult I’ve had different types. Headaches have different levels of intensity, and symptoms that accompany the headaches can vary, too. Ransomware and malware are both malicious codes or programs created with the intention to disrupt your cyber world. Like headaches, malware and ransomware have similar symptoms and prevention methods. Ransomware is one of the many types of Malware that exist. Let’s explore malware vs ransomware in more detail. What is the Difference Between Ransomware and Malware? Ransomware and malware are scary words related […]Read More
In general terms, an attack is defined as an act of violence. Attacks can happen in many ways and could be physical and/or emotional in nature. I was kidnapped when I was in my early 20’s. After that experience, I wanted to regain my confidence and feel strong, so I decided to take martial arts lessons. I was so nervous the first day! I was not coordinated at all. The movements were very challenging, the workout was so intense that I barely made it through, and I had to empty my stomach at the end of the class. Yikes! Yet, with persistence and practice I became stronger and more centered. Although I didn’t master this discipline and I was only able […]Read More
Identity theft can happen to anyone, regardless of who you are, where you are from, or what you do for a living. It can happen to you just as it happened to me. When a Cybermonster stole my identity to smuggle women into the US, I felt like my life was managed by someone else. When I googled my name, I saw that everything was in Chinese characters. My heart just stopped. I wanted to cry, scream and hide, all at the same time. All I wanted was to feel safe again, for things to go back to normal, and to wake up from this nightmare. I spent all my time hoping this wasn’t happening. The reality is it did happen […]Read More
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