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The National K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference in October

The National K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference is being hosted October 6-7, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. The conference is part of an annual series, and is co-hosted by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe). Cybersecurity is one of the leading creators of jobs and opportunity for all economic sectors, with a large and growing demand for…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Online Security

Protecting Your Parents’ Identities

by Cristy Koebler Being the adult child of an aging parent comes with specific challenges. Apart from the obvious concerns over our parents’ health, mental faculties, and ability to provide for themselves, the digital age brings a whole new set of fears. Is someone scamming my mother out of her life savings? Does my dad…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security

Protect your Child’s Identity during the Holiday Season

As adults, there are a variety of ways that we might find out our identities have been stolen. Maybe it’s a phone call from our credit card companies, inquiring about suspicious charges. It could be bills or cards that arrive in the mail without warning. In serious cases, it might even be discovered if you’re turned…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting, Privacy

Malvertising, the Latest Cyber-Fraud Attempt

While most people find advertising—whether in print, on television, or online—to be a minor annoyance at worst, a new criminal behavior is on the rise that can have serious consequences for consumers. It’s important to go ahead and state that advertising does serve a necessary purpose: not only does it inform consumers of new products…Continue Reading

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Mom Called. Social Engineering Scam Hits Home.

My mom called this afternoon. I was worried as I immediately noticed the intensity in her voice. I listen as she told me, “I think I have been scammed.”  She recounted how she had just finished a telephone conversation with someone claiming to be her grandson. She assumed it was my son, James. The caller…Continue Reading

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Government Grant Scams: If You Have to Pay, You Didn’t Win

“If it sounds too good to be true…” It’s been said so many times, you don’t even have to hear the rest of the phrase to know what’s coming. And yet—somehow—scammers still try it and consumers still fall for it. A recent rise in government grant scams has a lot of consumers scratching their heads.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Online Security

All I Really Need to Know About the Internet, I Learned in Kindergarten

As parents, teachers, and guardians, we are always faced with challenges of protecting our youth. Look both ways before crossing the street; always be aware of your surroundings; stay together; and the forever famous, call me when you get there. The internet is yet another challenge with the primary differences being the fast pace at…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

What EXACTLY Is Identity Theft?

When we think of identity theft, we might think of a simple matter of having someone use our credit cards or open a new line of credit in our names. But identity theft just isn’t that simple. There are actually a wide variety of types of theft a criminal can commit while using your personally…Continue Reading

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Charity Scams Take our Holiday Cheer – Here Are a Few Warning Signs

At the holidays, people tend to be more aware of the needs of others. Whether it’s because of the nostalgia associated with spending time with friends and family or the effort that goes into reaching out to others through cards and gifts, there’s always an undercurrent of “peace on earth, goodwill to men” at this…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security

Watch Movie Online Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver (2017) Duration 113 mins Genre Action, Crime. In Cinemas June 28, 2017 Language English. Country United Kingdom, United States of America. Plot For Baby Driver ‘Baby Driver’ is a movie genre Action, was released in June 28, 2017. Edgar Wright was directed this movie and starring by Ansel Elgort. This movie tell story…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy, Reputation

Black Friday Safe Holiday Shopping

It’s been an interesting and record-breaking year for data breaches, technically beginning in the fall of last year with the infamous Backoff malware that attacked Target, Home Depot, and a host of other corporations and businesses. And while shoppers would be within their rights to be a little more cautious about shopping this holiday season,…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security

Third-Party Apps Can Be a Goldmine for Hackers

There are a wide variety of internet-based services out there that make our lives easier and more organized, as well as platforms that simply make life more enjoyable. With everything from instant messaging, photo sharing, and cloud-based document storage, the internet opened up a wealth of connectivity that has definitely enhanced life in the 21st…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy

Taking Proper Security Measures

We use the internet for almost everything these days; from online shopping, to communicating with family and friends via social networks and video chats, to emails, music, and work, to gaming and learning. Many of these  websites  require  you to create a username and password so that when you visit the site the next time…Continue Reading

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Home Depot Hit by Data Thieves, Similar to Target Breach

While investigators continue to sift through the damage from last holiday season’s data breach of Target’s POS credit card system, recent reports have stated that Home Depot has apparently suffered a similar attack. In this case, though, some security analysts believe the damage may be even more widespread and may affect even more customers. In…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security

Department of Homeland Security Kicks Off National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced yesterday the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014, an effort to increase the American public’s understanding of basic cybersecurity practices and the role each of us plays in keeping cyberspace safe and secure. Cybersecurity is a critical component of the nation’s economic wellbeing and has…Continue Reading

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Watch Movie Online A Haunted House (2013)

A Haunted House (2013) HD Director : Michael Tiddes. Writer : Rick Alvarez, Marlon Wayans. Producer : Rick Alvarez, Marlon Wayans. Release : January 11, 2013 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Endgame Entertainment, Wayans Bros. Entertainment, IM Global, Open Road Films. Language : English. Runtime : 86 Genre : Comedy, Horror.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Online Security, Parenting

Watch Full Movie Online Feed (2017)

Feed (2017) HD Director : Tommy Bertelsen. Writer : Troian Bellisario. Release : July 18, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Indy Entertainment. Language : English. Runtime : 96 Genre : Drama. ‘Feed’ is a movie genre Drama, was released in July 18, 2017. Tommy Bertelsen was directed this movie and…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Online Security

Watch and Download Full Movie Savage Dog (2017)

Savage Dog (2017) HD Director : Jesse V. Johnson. Writer : Jesse V. Johnson. Release : August 4, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Bleiberg Entertainment, Compound B, XLrator Media, Blacklist Digital, Cho Man Ro Enterprises. Language : English. Runtime : 94 Genre : Action. Movie ‘Savage Dog’ was released in…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Online Security, Privacy

The Emotional Consequences of Parent Identity Theft

Having your identity stolen is an upsetting, even exhausting situation. Many victims have suffered sleepless nights from worrying about who had their information, how they had gotten it, and what else they were possibly doing with it. The recovery process, while time consuming, can offer them some measure of closure, though. But what do you…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

Scholarship Scams: Don’t Be a Financial Aid Victim

Parents and students alike spend many a sleepless night worrying about how they’re going to pay for college. And with the widely spread rumor that millions of dollars each year in legitimate financial aid go unclaimed, it does seem possible that scholarship offers might come pouring in. Sadly, this causes an estimated $100 million each…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Online Security, Parenting

Reducing Waste without Compromising Rights

With today’s widespread technology use, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals are all finding ways to increase efficiency and reduce waste. As we engage in “spring cleaning,” we are particularly motivated to eliminate excess paper and seemingly needless waste, and we frequently inquire whether money, time, and resources could have been saved by using…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Legal Issues, Online Security

Scam Alert: Netflix Phishing Scam

Netflix users beware: according to several sources, there is a new scam targeting users of the popular video streaming service Netflix. In this scam, a pop-up ad resembling Netflix’s login page is tricking consumers into handing over their personal information.  Once they’ve entered their account information, victims are told that their account has been suspended…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy

Awareness Through Images

Here at the ITRC, we are incredibly excited about the release of our first infographic. A large part of the work we do here at the ITRC is tracking, analyzing and disseminating information regarding reported  data breaches. This work ranges from updating our data breach report weekly to  helping victims; often we  provide best safety…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy

At Risk Populations

Everybody is at risk for identity theft in one way or another. The legitimate need to share your information in order to get goods or services naturally create opportunities to have your personally identifying information (PII) misused. The good news is many of us are able to protect ourselves and take precautions against possible fraud.…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security

Protect Yourself From Cryptolocker with these Simple Steps

Research suggests that many Americans fall short when it comes to online security and what’s worse is that the viruses and malware infecting the internet are becoming increasingly prevalent. A few months ago, a new malware called CryptoLocker was introduced online. CyrptoLocker is a Trojan horse malware that comes in many disguises, most commonly as…Continue Reading

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Watch Full Movie Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) HD Director : Jon Watts. Writer : John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, Jon Watts, Erik Sommers, Chris McKenna, Christopher D. Ford. Producer : Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal. Release : July 5, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, LStar Capital, Pascal Pictures. Language :…Continue Reading

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Watch Full Movie Online Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Despicable Me 3 (2017) HD Director : Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin. Writer : Ken Daurio. Release : June 29, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Illumination Entertainment. Language : English. Runtime : 96 Genre : Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family. ‘Despicable Me 3’ is a movie genre Adventure, was released in June…Continue Reading

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Identity Theft and the Importance of Strong Passwords

Each February, the Federal Trade Commission releases its annual Consumer Sentinel Report . And year after year, identity theft continues to be the number one concern. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that within the first nine months of 2012, there had been 642,000 cases of identity theft. Matt Honan happened to be one of…Continue Reading

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The Take 25 Campaign Helps Teach Children About Safety

Over at the Identity Theft Resource Center, we are constantly working to stay on the pulse of all things relating to online safety.  So while going through the deluge of emails we monitor daily, we were very excited to see an event relating to not only online safety, but child safety as well. The National…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

Real Danger in Sharing Too Much Info Online

In March, a teenage girl was murdered while home alone in Tulsa. A few hours before she died, she tweeted, “Have the house to myself everybody gone.” Sometimes, we share too much information online.  At the time of this story, it had not been proven the killer saw her Twitter feed; but announcing you’re home…Continue Reading

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Checked Your Credit Report Lately?

If not, check it. A couple weeks ago, 60 minutes ran a story on credit reports and the millions of errors contained on them. When is the last time you checked your report? According to a new study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, 1 out of 5 consumers have errors on their credit report…Continue Reading

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Phone Scam Targets Security’s Weakest Link–Me.

OR Phone Scam Meets Internet Fraud (the perfect storm–almost)   V02051038560003119-2696: That’s the phone number that showed up on my caller ID. Usually, I don’t answer calls from numbers like this, but providence won this morning. It’s not everyday that I get to share a personal experience of foiled Internet fraud. The call was from…Continue Reading

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Why Should You Protect Your Child From Identity Theft?

It is natural for parents to want to protect their children as much as possible.  However, parents cannot protect their child from dangers they don’t know exist.  One of these unforeseen dangers is identity theft. Many parents are not aware that their child can become a victim of this awful crime. However, children can and…Continue Reading

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What Can You Do To Protect Children?

One of the highlights of last year was the privilege of serving with the 2012 Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.  On January 3, 2013 our report was sent to Governor Nixon, the General Assembly and State Board of Education, and released for all citizens.  The report is about protecting…Continue Reading

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Student Social Security numbers continue to be vulnerable to a security breach

According to, in 2012 alone over 1,503,851 educational institutions have had sensitive information breached, hacked, or stolen. In 2011, 572,975 records were breached, hacked, or stolen. This concerning information should be a high priority for all school districts. Rick Carlson, President of Panda Security US stated, “While the Internet is an invaluable tool for…Continue Reading

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DC Public Safety radio show host Leonard Sipes invited Marsali Hancock, CEO and President of iKeepSafe, to speak on the show about several media related issues pertaining to children. Sipes and Hancock discussed how individuals can prevent, detect, and appropriately respond to these cyber issues. “In the world in which we live, the biggest challenge…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, iKeepSafe News, Online Security

10 Tips for New Year 2013

If your child is like most, he or she is probably starting the New Year as the proud owner of a new digital device. A gift from you perhaps? If so, don’t let the gift-giving end there. Give the best gift of all: 10 Tips to help them use their new phone, tablet, PC, laptop,…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Online Security

Bah Humbug to Holiday Cybercriminals

One of the hottest shopping times of the year is the holiday season, which means people will be going from store to store to compare prices for their most coveted items. Of course, many people opt out of the mad scramble to shop from the comfort of their homes by simply visiting various websites selling…Continue Reading

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Good News: Google Improves SafeSearch

Google’s SafeSearch feature allows users to search the web with an effort to exclude inappropriate content from popping up. It’s a free service that is ideal for families who don’t want to be exposed to such things. SafeSearch uses automated methods to help prevent objectionable and adult content from appearing in search results. Specifically, SafeSearch…Continue Reading

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The Christmas List

Was that you braving the shopping crowds Thanksgiving night or early black Friday morning?  Did you find all the gadgets on your list?  If you’re like most of us, you still have some shopping to do. I’m sure your kids are giving you all sorts of suggestions for Santa.  As you compile that list of…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

Protect Your Identity this Holiday Season

Holidays are almost here! Black Friday is only a few days away, Cyber Monday around the corner, and, unfortunately, over the next few months, identity theft will probably increase as it does every year. I love the holidays. Unfortunately, so do identity thieves. There is no holiday break for thieves as they seek to take…Continue Reading

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The Wisdom of Children

Internet safety is often thought of as something adults teach kids. But adults make big mistakes, too: A Taliban spokesperson accidentally publicly CC’d everyone on his mailing list.  And, the recent scandal around an affair between General David Petraeus and writer Paula Broadwell came to light, in part, because they misunderstood email security. Adults don’t…Continue Reading

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ITRC Public WiFi usage Survey Results

It is common these days to have access to the Internet wherever you go.  Whether you are checking email in a coffee shop or arranging flights from a hotel, you expect to be connected at all times. Unfortunately, this wonderful new convenience has a dark side.  With the push to make public WiFi available in…Continue Reading

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Protect your Personal Information When Gaming

A friend of mine was bragging the other day about his teenage son’s gaming abilities.  He told me that his kid plays some war game against his friends, but they were no longer any competition for him.  Now his son plays a lot of his games against people he’s met through X-Box Live and is…Continue Reading

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Ignorance is Dangerous When it Comes to Technology

I’ve been traveling the country talking to students, parents and organizations about internet/digital safety for over 5 years now. I find that most schools and organizations primarily expect me to use my 60 minutes to list the dangers  of technology. While there are certainly some dangers that I do discuss, I find that dangers lie…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Online Security

Has your children’s school been breached?

As identity theft continues at an alarming pace, identity thieves are probing larger targets, piercing through weak security systems for the ultimate prize: personal identifiable information (PII). There are 1, 676, 901 reasons to be concerned—all starting with the following types of data-breaches: Human Error – A school employee unintentionally post student or employee PII…Continue Reading

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and everyone should get involved. NCSAM is a month for all of us to engage and educate each other on not only how important cybersecurity is to us as a nation, but also how each and every one of us can make a difference. This NCSAM is particularly…Continue Reading

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The Fourth Screen Becomes Mainstream

Tablets have become the 4th most important screen in people’s digital lives. The other three important screens include TV, computer, and smartphone. My family got a big color TV in the 70s, I bought my first computer in the mid-80s, and my first smartphone in the mid-2000’s.  And the time arrived much faster than all…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

Letter to my Kids: Facebook can be scary

Ethan and Kyla, Many months ago, one of our software testers (Michael) created a fake Facebook account for a girl who doesn’t exist (he called her Savannah), and posted a profile photo of a cute girl (he doesn’t know) wearing a bikini on the beach. Her Facebook profile states that she recently turned 14 yrs…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Social Networking

On Alert

One summer afternoon, a well dressed man sat in the shade of an old tree watching the children play in the sun soaked field of a local public park.  He appeared to be waiting for someone, as he frequently glanced toward the parking area from behind his newspaper. After a while, he stood and circled…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

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