Prevent Being Added to the Cybercrime Shopping List

first_imgLike many other people this season, my kids’ holiday wish list is filled with IOT connected devices.  However, after counting upwards of 40 connected devices we already own – ranging from TV, gaming consoles, thermostat, printers, security cameras, and bathroom floor (don’t ask) – it made me pause to think about how much of our personal and financial information might be leaking out.During the holiday season, we all need to be on especially high alert after several mega data breaches this year. We’re all at high risk for fraud as cybercriminals are testing stolen credentials across many popular consumer websites.RSA Anti-Fraud Command Center created the 2018 Cybercriminal Shopping List this year by monitoring and investigating dozens of cybercrime forums where we saw stolen information being bought and sold for prices ranging from mere cents up to $15 per account.Whether you’ve made a purchase online this holiday season or not, follow these five quick steps help to better protect yourself from cybercrime:Closely monitor your accounts – Activate fraud alerts on all your financial and health-related accounts. Examples of alerts are: new payee, money withdrawal, high-value credit card transaction, insurance claim submitted, use of hospitality loyalty points or new healthcare record.Take inventory of every device connected to the internet – Every new device you get this holiday season, start by changing the default usernames and passwords and installing security updates and turning off devices when not in use. Chances are, you use the same password for many of your accounts so it is more important than ever to change your passwords.Resist the click – During the holiday season, we are all looking for a bargain. However, RSA’s Anti-Fraud Command Center identifies a new Phishing attack every 30 seconds and it tends to increase this time of year.  When you get a text, email or see a link to a video on social media, take caution before you click.Back it up – Many phishing attempts are now linked to ransomware, which is why it is especially important to back up data offline, so if you are a ransomware target, you will be prepared.Beware of work at home scams – If you are looking to make extra money during the holiday season, work from home jobs are appealing. Remember, criminal gangs rely on an extensive network of people to pull off their scams. Victims are often recruited by work from home job scams that involve reshipping packages or receiving funds in their bank account.  If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.Perhaps most importantly: don’t forget to demand security from the organizations you do business with!Ultimately, by doing this, it will allow you to stop fraud before it happens, reducing identity theft and account takeover.The impact of cybercrime is staggering. Check out RSA’s dynamic infographic, “The Mind-Blowing Cost of Cybercrime Every 60 Minutes,” to see the scale of the problem. Follow us on @RSASecurity to stay up to date on the latest cybercrime trends. Have a safe and happy holiday.last_img read more

Read More »

The Origins of Mother’s Day

first_imgMotherhood has been celebrated since ancient times. The ancient Greeks paid homage to Rhea, the Mother of Gods; and there are records of the ancient Romans worshiping a mother Goddess known as Cybele as early as 260 BC. Tradition began in 1600sFestivals took place in the spring which was the most fertile time of the year. The more modern way of honoring mothers began in England in the 1600s where Mothering Sunday was observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This day is also known as ‘Refreshment Sunday,’ the only day when you are allowed to eat or do whatever you have given up for Lent. Not surprisingly, families came together and took the opportunity to party with a big meal at which mother was treated as the guest of honor. Traditionally, mothers were given posies of flowers and a cake. Mother’s Day replaced Mothering SundayThe term ‘Mothering Sunday’ has now fallen into disuse and has mostly been replaced by ‘Mother’s Day,’ which is used the world over.In the US, there were several attempts to introduce a Mother’s Day as a way to celebrate peace and heal the scars of war. Julia Ward, who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, suggested the idea in 1872. But the idea didn’t really take off until Anna Jarvis campaigned for the establishment of a Mother’s Day to commemorate her own mother who died in 1905. Ward’s mother herself had tried to establish a similar holiday, Mother’s Friendship Day, to heal the pain of the Civil War.First US Mother’s Day in 1907The first Mother’s Day in the US was held in 1907, when Julia Ward held a ceremony to honor her mother. She then successfully campaigned for a formal holiday to honor mothers and by 1911 most states had taken up the idea. This was followed in 1914 by a declaration by President Woodrow Wilson that Mother’s Day should be celebrated as a national holiday on the second Sunday in May. The idea quickly spread to Canada and Mexico and many more countries throughout the world.The commercialization of Mother’s Day quickly followed, much to the disgust of Anna Jarvis who was arrested in 1923 at a Mother’s Day festival for trying to stop women selling flowers. Ironically Anna Jarvis campaigned for many years against the commercialization of Mother’s Day, the day she had worked so hard to establish.Although she had no children of her own, each Mother’s Day, Anna received hundreds of cards from all over the world. Anna Jarvis died in 1948.Source: ArticlesFactory.comlast_img read more

Read More »

Pastor and radio host arrested for sexual battery on child

first_imgOfficials in Winter Park, Florida are reporting that they have arrested a pastor who also host a popular Christian radio show, for sexual battery on a child.59-year-old Bryan Fulwider was arrested on Wednesday after an investigation into the alleged assault that was said to have occurred repeatedly over a five year period.According to the accuser, the assaults occurred between 2005 and 2010, when Fulwider was the senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park.Fulwider and his attorney have denied the allegations.He is currently being held without bail and  faces 30 counts of sexual battery of a person younger than 18 by a person in position of custodial authority.last_img read more

Read More »

New Chief Executive named for Providence Southwest Service Area

first_imgFacebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by ProvidenceFollowing a national search, Darin Goss has been selected as chief executive for the Providence Health and Services Southwest service area, which includes Providence St. Peter Hospital, Providence Centralia Hospital and the Providence Medical Group. Darin will begin in his new role on Aug. 3.Darin Goss. Photo courtesy; ProvidenceDarin is already a member of the Providence and St. Joseph family, and brings more than 20 years’ experience in health care operations to his new role. He has served as chief operating officer of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California for the past two years.Prior to joining Providence, Darin worked for 18 years with the Mayo Clinic where he served in multiple roles leading a variety of high-value care improvement projects that reduced patient length-of-stay, improved hospital discharge times, ensured strong quality rankings, and improved both patient and staff satisfaction.In Darin’s words, “Quality, patient satisfaction and physician/caregiver satisfaction are key to our long-term success. I look forward to being part of a team of leaders, physicians, caregivers and volunteers whose hard work and dedication is demonstrated by the Magnet designation at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Pathways designation at Providence Centralia Hospital, and national rankings for quality care, among so many other accolades. The hospitals and clinics in the SW service area have much to celebrate, and I am honored to serve as chief executive.”Darin, his wife Gabrielle and two daughters share a love for the outdoors, are avid hikers, enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and look forward to exploring and calling the Pacific Northwest home.We also want to take this opportunity to recognize Paul Wilkinson, who has served as interim chief executive for the past 6 months. His commitment to the Providence Mission and vision has been witnessed throughout this pandemic. His leadership has been thoughtful and solid, and we thank him for his service.Please join us in welcoming Darin to his new role, and he and his family to Washington, and in thanking Paul as he heads into his second retirement.last_img read more

Read More »

Bonner credits bowlers for St Catherine derby success

first_imgOut-of-favour West Indies batsman Nkrumah Bonner has pinpointed pressured bowling as the reason behind St Catherine CA’s narrow nine-wicket win over St Catherine CC in their recent Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Championship clash. The Zone B contest, which gives the winning team bragging rights, saw St Catherine CA coming out on top courtesy of a brilliant all-round performance from the 26-year-old Bonner, who also bowls part-time leg spin. Bonner, who recently signed to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes for the upcoming four-day WICB Professional League, slammed a top score of 66 in St Catherine CA’s competitive total of 224 off 47.3 overs. This was in addition to supplemental scores of 40 and 31 not out, respectively, from national trials invitee, wicketkeeper Kemar Marshall and veteran Erron Downer. The experienced Tamar Lam-bert, with five for 22, led the way for St Catherine CC’s bowlers. Bonner then returned in late afternoon to cop two for 31, as St Catherine CC, who were penalised 18 runs when they were in the field for slow over rate, were dismissed for 233 with two balls to spare. St Catherine CC, the defending champions, based on the penalty runs conceded, needed to score 242 for victory. Left-arm spinner Coi Thompson, another Jamaica four-day trials invitee, led the way for St Catherine CA’s bowling with three for 17. Off-spin all-rounder Pete Salmon, 62, and national batsman Shacaya Thomas, 52, contributed most runs for the losers. “It was a good game by us, and for the spectators,” said Bonner, captain of St Catherine CA. “We fell short, I believe, by about 40 runs, but our bowlers, really put the pressure on them,” he declared. Meanwhile, Garwaine Johnson, coach of St Catherine CC, while applauding Bonner, said mistakes led to the undoing of his team. “It’s a hard one to take, but credit to Bonner, he played well, and they were able to pull it off,” Johnson said. “We played hard, but made some mistakes, which cost us. But we are St Catherine CC, and have a good team, and will bounce back and qualify for the quarter-finals.” The victory pushed St Catherine CA to three wins from as many outings, while the loss was St Catherine CC’s first in three games. The winners and runners-up from each of the tournament’s four zones will progress to the quarter-finals. penalisedlast_img read more

Read More »

A Superinsulated House from 1984

first_imgWere the techniques of superinsulation well understood in the early 1980s? The answer depends on who you talk to. Back then, in most areas of the country, residential builders were slapping together leaky homes insulated with thin fiberglass batts. Yet even 35 years ago, a small subset of builders had already adopted superinsulation techniques. In the early 1980s, anyone who was interested in the topic had access to in-depth information on superinsulation details.What milestones were passed from 1977 to 1983? Well, the Saskatchewan Conservation House was completed in 1977. Gene Leger finished building his superinsulated double-stud house in Pepperell, Massachusetts, in 1978. Canada launched the R-2000 program in 1980. Manufactured blower doors first became available in 1980. The monthly superinsulation newsletter, Energy Design Update, began publication in 1982. Manufactured HRVs first became available in 1982. So there was a lot of activity in the field.When builders followed the techniques advocated by superinsulation pioneers, were the resulting homes any good? Opinions vary. According to many Passivhaus advocates, builders interested in superinsulation were in the dark before Wolfgang Feist developed the Passivhaus standard. In this vein, Katrin Klingenberg, the founder of PHIUS, wrote in May 2009, “Most high performance builders fail exactly where there is no PHPP [Passive House Planning Package software] to guide them in their optimization process. … It is a delicate creature, the Passive House, and yes, if not done right, it can melt away in no time and that would give the effort a really bad name. We simply can’t afford that to happen again. That research experiment with a lot of guess work was conducted in the ’80s and one of the reasons that those superinsulated buildings did not fly was because many of them did develop severe moisture problems in wall systems and indoors and overheated.”Was Klingenberg right?… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Read More »

Alberta minister Shannon Phillips says bill C69 inadequate in current form

first_imgOTTAWA – Alberta’s energy minister urged senators Wednesday to amend federal legislation that would overhaul energy project reviews.Environment Minister Shannon Phillips tried to make Alberta’s case to the Senate that Bill C-69 can’t be passed in its current form.After meeting with nearly 50 senators Phillips told reporters it’s “fair to say” the bill will not pass unless changes are made.“Senate caucus groups, they are getting an earful from Albertans and Canadians, and they’re in a mood to ensure this legislation works for Canadians,” Phillips said.The bill, which is under consideration in the Senate, would create a new Impact Assessment Agency and replace the National Energy Board with the Canadian Energy Regulator.It introduces new timelines and specific steps that companies and governments will have to take in order for new energy projects to go ahead.Alberta supports the federal government’s intention to modernize the assessment process and its goal of having greater confidence in the regulatory system, Phillips said.But she said there have been a number of recent failures and delays in approving major projects and her province needs certainty that Albertans can go to work.Alberta is looking for more clarity in the legislation, she said, including on review timelines, and wants clearly spelled out that downstream emissions — from the burning of fossil fuels—would be excluded from reviews.The federal government has set aside $74.6 million to pay for the transition to new impact assessment and regulatory processes, according to supplementary estimates tabled Wednesday.The new process is intended to broaden impact assessments to consider health and socio-economic factors in addition to environmental ones, create an early engagement phase, and strengthen partnerships with Indigenous peoples, the document said.Phillips said senators have an “appetite to intervene” on the piece of legislation before them by matter by making amendments to the legislation.Caroline Theriault, a spokeswoman for Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, said the government consulted other levels of government, industry groups and Indigenous partners, for over two years before the legislation was passed by the House of Commons.“Greenhouse gas emissions are inherently an area of shared jurisdiction. As we have stated consistently, our approach will recognize Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan and the means by which emissions are managed,” said Theriault.Phillips did not meet with McKenna today, but said she is well aware of Alberta’s concerns.“This is too important to get wrong and we will work with who ever wants to work with us to make it right.”last_img read more

Read More »

Bridge leading territory to trouble auditor

first_imgAPTN National NewsA federal audit of the Northwest Territories troubled Deh Cho bridge project revealed that the territorial government failed to adequately manage key risks in the multi-million dollar project.The project has run into massive cost overruns and construction delays that could leave the territory’s tax payers on the hook.last_img

Read More »

Kites with messages of Safe Drive Save Life distributed among Kolkatans

first_imgKolkata: Colourful kites with Safe Drive Save Life slogans embossed on them were a unique sight on Viswakarma Puja, which was celebrated in Kolkata on Monday.Kite flying is an important feature of the occasion and is associated with Viswakarma Puja in Kolkata. Around 2,000 coloured kites were distributed among people by Medical Bank, as a part of the Safe Drive Save Life programme, an initiative taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to bring down the number of road accidents. Earlier, Medical Bank had distributed rakhis among people with Safe Drive Save Life slogan. The rakhis were distributed among the people at important road intersections. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Mamata Banerjee has urged all the clubs to come forward and spread the awareness on safe driving. D Ashis, general secretary of Medical Bank, said the organisation had decided to distribute kites among people taking part in kite-flying on Viswakarma Puja. “We will have to create awareness among people about proper driving,” he said. Kite-flying was introduced by Nawab Wajed Ali Shah who left Lucknow and settled down at Metiabruz. Over the years, Metiabruz became a mini Lucknow. The Nawab was an expert in kite-flying. He came in contact with many Bengali aristocrats, who picked up the sport from him. Apart from Viswakarma Puja, kites are also flown on Makarsankranti Day, last day of the month Pous according to the Bengali calendar.last_img read more

Read More »