Archives: 'Social Media'

Doug Bedell — March 29, 2017, 11:50 am

Attacked? Your Customers Will Have Concerns – So Apologize

So, what if you what if you get hit by a cyber attack that disables your service to customers for a while and might prompt concerns about their web security? To the rescue comes LT PR in Portland, OR, with “5 Ways to Respond Like a PR Pro During a Data Breach or Cyberattack.” Now […]

Doug Bedell — December 2, 2016, 1:30 pm

‘Fake News’ a Web Security Threat

You may have heard that the term “fake news” is building as a security concern. And so it is, but what’s “fake news” all about? Here’s a Security InfoWatch take on the subject, timely and helpful. “Fake news” is a creation of cyber meanies, who are at home on the Internet. It didn’t just appear […]

Doug Bedell — August 15, 2016, 2:27 pm

FEMA Has a New ‘Weather the Storm’ App

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agrees – “There’s an app for that.” We need to be secure in foul weather as well as fair, and FEMA is doing what it can technically to help with that. At the App Store, you’ll find “Weather the Storm,” the new FEMA app, which works on all smartphones. […]

Doug Bedell — March 16, 2016, 10:40 am

Traveling Bloggers: Beware of Wi-Fi Hacking

Traveling bloggers beware! Here from the Safe & Savvy blog is a discussion of how easy it might be for hackers to access your cell phone or laptop and gain your banking and other credentials, especially through public Wi-Fi systems. “Anyone who gets online – especially through public Wi-Fi –” the warning goes, “has to […]

Doug Bedell — March 30, 2015, 10:45 am

Tweeting Away on Security Matters

In case you might not be aware of it, homeland security is a significant presence on Twitter. Not only does the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have a Twitter feed, there’s a separate one by DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate. And the hashtag #homelandsecurity will take you to a continuing stream of tweets on security […]

Doug Bedell — March 23, 2015, 11:32 am

Watch For Online Fraudsters, a Risk in Social Media

An example of why it’s worth paying attention to the doings on social media in security terms: Until the vendor is caught, at least, it may be possible to purchase stolen Social Security numbers and personal information online. That’s the take-away from a Naked Security post on a fraudster who made a taunting Twitter post. […]

Doug Bedell — December 1, 2014, 11:53 am

DHS Security Advisory for the Holiday Shopping Season

Not only are the weeks before Christmas the year’s biggest shopping span, they’re also “the biggest weeks for online spammers and scammers,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns. So, DHS provides what should by now be a refresher list of what it takes to remain safe from intrusion on the Internet and your computers. […]

Doug Bedell — July 10, 2013, 10:38 am

Might There Be an App for You?

Even for security needs, in this time of smart phones, there might well be an app for your corporate needs. That’s the insight we got in reading American City & County’s post “Smart cities use smart phones.” There’s Boston, for instance, which has been “building a sense of community” with its app, Citizens Connect. Version […]

Doug Bedell — April 10, 2013, 9:13 am

A Fireman Makes a Video

Homeland Security Watch (April 9) led us to a video made in the context of a class assignment by Colorado Fireman Jeff Cole. It’s called “No Do Overs,” and is the result of Jeff being asked to reflect on “My place in the homeland security project, and the place of the homeland security project in […]

Doug Bedell — January 8, 2013, 12:13 pm

Social Media as a Security ‘Happenings’ Scan

Government Technology (GT) magazine explains how social media channels like Twitter/TweetDeck and paid variations can spot happenings and trends as they emerge. Consider this approach to looking out for what’s happening in your industry or business of responsibility.  Security has many variables these days. Here’s how social media scanning works for an emergency services agency […]