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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
In 2005, when my family relocated to the United States, my employer was in charge of arranging our temporary housing. Phillis was helping us find our new home. We communicated back and forth via email, and when she asked me about the most important features I needed in a house, I replied without hesitation: “I need the house to be secure and the doors to have a strong protection mechanism.“ We arrived at our home and to my surprise, the condo had a simple door knob. In Phillis’s mind that was the protection mechanism or lock that I needed. However, when I saw the door, my heart started to race – I couldn’t imagine myself living in a house without at least […]Read More
Do you know what malvertising is? The first time I heard about malvertising I was in shock! Early in my career in cybersecurity, I had to learn about so many new concepts. It was a process to shift my thinking to understand how Cybermonsters work. Learning about how Cybermonsters use legitimate ways to infect our computers was something I had never thought of. I knew that I could get malware or a virus if I clicked or opened an infected file on my computer or other devices, but learning that I could get infected by visiting my favorite websites was surreal. The fact that by simply hovering my mouse on an infected image could hinder my devices was crazy. What is […]Read More
Are you ready for another cyber literacy story? Today we’re talking about the ugly duckling story… with a twist! This is a tale about 3 ducklings and cyberbullying. Once upon a time, there lived three “ugly” ducklings in three different locations in the world. One of the ducklings lived in the country – he liked to play near an old farmhouse, and he enjoyed taking pictures of beautiful nature with his phone camera. He would look up interesting nature facts on his computer to learn about the world around him. The second duckling lived in the city – she loved hopping, skipping, and jumping outside, and making phone videos of herself having cool adventures exploring the world around her. She shared […]Read More
When I was 5 years old, we lived in a desert area, with only 3 houses around us. The closest house was about a mile away and our neighbors Aura, her baby daughter and her husband lived in this house. A bit further was a family of 12 children with many dogs and the last house was a very small shack where Mr. Urbano was living by himself. Mr. Urbano was in his late 70’s and he was the smartest person I had ever met. He always had an answer for my questions, his heart was full of love, and he was very patient even though I asked lots of questions when my mom and I visited our neighbors. Most of […]Read More
Cybersecurity and Cyber Safety often sound like very serious topics, but, as our lovely Mary Poppins would say: “In every job that must be done, there’s an element of fun.” One of the ways to make something special is to create a celebration around it. Thankfully, there are already cyber holidays that you can use to teach cyber safety to your kids and teens. These cyber holidays provide a theme that you can use to highlight the importance of staying safe online. The 7 Most Important Cyber Safety Holidays Add a piñata, cake, decorations, and confetti, and let’s get this cyber started! 1- Data Privacy Day – January 28th Data Privacy Day is a cyber holiday celebrated internationally to encourage both individuals […]Read More
Have you ever been to the ocean? What was your experience like? I used to be terrified of the open water. I was afraid of drowning, and encountering dangerous elements that could put my safety at risk. It was only until later on in my adult life that I learned that the ocean is vast and full of beautiful things to enjoy! I love scuba diving, swimming, and exploring the gorgeous sea life. Oceanographers have divided the ocean into three layers, categorized by density, temperature, and the amount of light in each one. Here are the three layers of the ocean: The surface ocean or epipelagic zone: This layer is warmer and refers to the top 660 feet of the ocean […]Read More
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