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Q&A: Protecting Your Mail Account

E-mail security is an ongoing issue, but there are basic precautions you can take to help keep your account safer from intruders, viruses and other malicious scenarios. To start, make sure your computer’s operating system, security software and e-mail/Web browser program have all the latest updates and security patches installed.
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How do I get a personal digital security device to protect my online identity?

Personal digital security devices must be obtained from your online service provider or their partner. If you want one, look for options in the security section of their support pages. One example is Amazon Web Services, who partners with Gemalto to offer one-time password (OTP) tokens to help protect information stored in the cloud. Another example is Bank of America, who offers PassCard, an OTP card used to protect online bank logins. Google, PayPal and many other Internet security leaders also offer similar options.

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Computerized conveniences make cars next target for hackers

All those computerized conveniences in your new car -- dozens of them -- also make it a tempting, rolling menu of attack possibilities for hackers, who can exploit vulnerabilities to steal your car, eavesdrop on what you think are private conversations and even sabotage systems that could make it crash.
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Cybersecurity chief: Congress must act to improve defenses against destructive cyberatttack

The head of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command on Monday called for swift action in Congress to sort out roles, standards and authorities for government agencies charged with defending against destructive computer attacks.

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute think tank, said the time for legislative action is now, before the nation is hit with a major cyberattack — an event he called increasingly likely.
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Nearly a Fifth of U.S. PCs Have No Virus Protection, McAfee Finds

A McAfee study of PCs around the world found that 17 percent had no antivirus protection, and the U.S. outpaced the average with 19 percent of PCs unprotected.

The study counted as unprotected machines those that had no antivirus protection installed, or whose antivirus subscription had expired. In the U.S., 12 percent of PCs did not contain any antivirus program, and 7 percent had software that was expired.
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Travel safe: Data security on the road and off it

Travel security used to mean stashing your cash in a money belt. With the wide acceptance of credit cards, that inconvenience is mostly gone — replaced, due to the rise of cybercrime and identity theft, with the need to secure your data when traveling. Unfortunately, it is a lot trickier than most people realize to protect your personal information when you use your computer on the road.
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Travel safe: Data security on the road and off it

Travel security used to mean stashing your cash in a money belt. With the wide acceptance of credit cards, that inconvenience is mostly gone — replaced, due to the rise of cybercrime and identity theft, with the need to secure your data when traveling. Unfortunately, it is a lot trickier than most people realize to protect your personal information when you use your computer on the road.
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Mobile Security Needed

In our joint survey, we polled 1410 readers of PCWorld and Macworld to get a feel for their preferences and attitudes regarding security software on their Macs and PCs, as well as their iOS and Android devices. According to our joint survey, 65 percent of respondents feel there's a need for security software on their smartphones or tablets.
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