Think You Know How to Protect Yourself Online? Think Again

Connecticut BBB, Cyber Security Experts to Gather to Educate the Public About Securing their Digital Lives
August 12, 2014

URL Be CarefulThe National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit partnership focused on helping stay safer and secure online, is holding a summit to highlight its campaign called “STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Digital Life.

The event, scheduled for August 18th from 9-11am at the Connecticut Science Center, is part of a ten-city tour to spread the word about activating security features available on many of the web’s most popular sites.

The workshop will feature speakers from a variety of sectors and feature an opening keynote address by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.

The morning will highlight a hands-on demonstration to show attendees how to step-up their security on sites like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and LinkedIn.  The event will conclude with a panel discussion featuring Attorney General George Jepsen, Connecticut Better Business Bureau President/CEO, Paulette Scarpetti, University of Connecticut Professor Dr. John Chandy and William H. Efron, Director Northeast Region Federal Trade Commission.

The government and academic experts’ focus will be on helping businesses and consumers insulate themselves from proliferating and ever-evolving internet and other digital-based scams.

Recently-publicized data breaches in the retail and other sectors have shed light on the vulnerabilities of financial, personal information and security vulnerabilities when passwords and other account credentials are stolen by hackers.

A lack of consumer adoption of secure password practices continues to create problems as well, as evidenced by the fact that “123456” and “password” have long been the top passwords in use.  A Pew Research Center study indicates that last year, 21 percent of internet users (18 years and older) have had an online account compromised, such as a social networking or email account, and only 23 percent think their accounts are very secure.

According to Scarpetti, consumers and businesses face unrelenting risks because of cybersecurity threats.

“We are hoping this forum will arm attendees with information to help digital citizens put an extra layer of security between themselves and the criminals.”

Registration is open to the public and free, however, space is limited.   You may register at

To learn more about staying safe online and to find links to websites that offer additional account security tips, visit

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit cybersecurity education and awareness organization.  In collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and other sectors, NCSA’s mission is to educate and empower everyone to use the internet safely and more securely.

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