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Everyone in Ohio agrees that cyber safety is important, but what, exactly, does it mean to be "safe" online? And what do parents really need to know? Here are the top five things you can do to teach your kids how to become responsible digital citizens:
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Alysia Brooks

In light of October's Cyber Security Awareness month, Mathews Insurance will be sponsoring a Cyber Security and Small Business Chamber event on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 8:15 AM-10:30 AM. The informational panel will be held at The Ohio University Innovation Center. The topics will include common causes of security breach and data theft, steps you can take to protect yourself and your business, and what to do if a breach occurs.
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Your home or small business wireless network comes with security but it won't work if you don't turn it on.Doing so is a little involved but most of us, even the most timid, can accomplish the task.The software with most wireless routers includes a security, called WPA or WEP with newer routers, which will allow you to randomly generate an encrypted 'network key'.This key is required to access your wireless network.Each computer using your network will need to be configured one time with the key.After that everything is automatic.
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What is "Identity Theft" or "Identity Fraud"? Simply, identity theft is committed when another person's name, Social Security number or other personal information is used to apply for credit, buy goods and services, or commit other fraud. Identity theft is now a federal crime and recently stiffened penalties were put in place but you should still take measures to protect yourself. And if you should be victimized there are steps you can take to minimize your loss.
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Maintenance for your vacation or second home is pretty much the same as for your primary residence. There are a few reasons why you may need to take a few extra measures with your second home. You are most likely away from your vacation home for periods of time and, if you have nearby neighbors, they may be away from their homes during the same intervals. Many vacation homes are situated 'away from it all' so, if something were to happen to your home, it's possible no one would notice until too late.
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