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How ‘sextortion’ destroyed one family — and how to protect your kids

This article addresses the issue of suicide. If you are looking for help, please call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

It started out innocently enough.

Jake Darren Curtis was wrapping up his college education, and getting ready to explore the wider world. The Utah native met what he thought was a pretty girl online. They chatted. She asked for a nude photo. He sent her one.

And that’s when his nightmare began.

Jake Darren Curtis

Read more at: https://www.today.com/parents/how-sextortion-destroyed-one-family-how-protect-your-kids-t117397

Communication can help protect children from ‘sextortion,’ parents told

“I’m not as hip as my kids are and frankly there’s a lot of things I just don’t know,” one parent, Brent Hendricks, told News Center 7’s James Buechele on Monday night. 

Read more at: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/school-hold-parent-summit-pornography-sextortion/cwX2ZFaCRcQUrLi9mBm2wM/

Schools must protect teachers from bullying on social media, ministers say

Schools must protect teachers from bullying on social media websites by children and parents, the Government has said.

One in three teachers has reported “derogatory comments” posted about them on social media websites by both parents and children.

Guidance published by the Department for Education says that schools should “make clear” that cyber-bullying of teachers is unacceptable.

It says schools should consider contacting the police if teachers are subjected to abuse that is threatening, sexist or sexual in nature, or may be considered a hate crime.

The guidance states: “Schools should also make clear that it is not acceptable for pupils, parents or colleagues to denigrate and bully school staff via social media in the same way that it is unacceptable to do so face to face.

“Schools should encourage all members of the school community including parents to use social media responsibly….

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/07/schools-must-protect-teachers-bullying-social-media-ministers/

Advice Guide: How to protect against cyber crime | West Country …

Most passwords are too short, too simple and easily hacked. Use a pass phrase, if possible, made up of three or four words which mean nothing to anyone else.

For example: ‘moon keyboard shack.’ You can add numbers and special characters to it as needed.

Never re-use passwords. This means having a different one for every website or account. To help with this, cyber security researchers suggest the use of ‘password manager’ apps. These create unique passwords or phrases for each site you use and keep track of them for you.

Read more at: https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2018-01-05/advice-guide-how-to-protect-against-cyber-crime/

Devon and Cornwall Police encouraging people to protect themselves against cyber crime

Friday, 22 December 2017

By Contributor
in Crime

AS Christmas approaches, Devon and Cornwall Police are encouraging people to take five minutes to protect themselves against cyber crime.

Members and staff at West Devon Borough Council, along with staff from partner agencies, recently took part in training sessions run by the Community Safety Partnership to raise awareness of cyber crime and how to tackle it.

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that cyber crime was one of the most common offences committed in 2016, with an estimated two million incidents, compared to 686,000 burglary offences.

While householders often take simple precautions against burglary such as installing double locks or deadbolts, just 28% of people in the South West follow the latest advice regarding password strength.

Cllr Robin Musgrave, ward member for Bere Ferrers and Community Safety Partnership representative, said: ‘Living

Read more at: http://www.tavistock-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=422520&headline=Devon%20and%20Cornwall%20Police%20encouraging%20people%20to%20protect%20themselves%20against%20cyber%20crime§ionIs=news&searchyear=2017

Devon and Cornwall Police encouraging people to protect …

Friday, 22 December 2017

By Contributor
in Crime

AS Christmas approaches, Devon and Cornwall Police are encouraging people to take five minutes to protect themselves against cyber crime.

Members and staff at West Devon Borough Council, along with staff from partner agencies, recently took part in training sessions run by the Community Safety Partnership to raise awareness of cyber crime and how to tackle it.

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that cyber crime was one of the most common offences committed in 2016, with an estimated two million incidents, compared to 686,000 burglary offences.

While householders often take simple precautions against burglary such as installing double locks or deadbolts, just 28% of people in the South West follow the latest advice regarding password strength.

Cllr Robin Musgrave, ward member for Bere Ferrers and Community Safety Partnership representative, said: ‘Living

Read more at: http://www.tavistock-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=422520&headline=Devon%20and%20Cornwall%20Police%20encouraging%20people%20to%20protect%20themselves%20against%20cyber%20crime§ionIs=news&searchyear=2017

Huge rise in children seeking counselling over cyber-bullying – here’s how you can protect them

Rising numbers of children are calling a national charity for counselling after being bullied online.

Childline’s West Midlands base in Birmingham, which covers Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, carried out 604 counselling sessions about cyber-bullying in 2016/17, up from 411 in 2011/12.

Children as young as nine told Childline they were being targeted over the internet, with girls aged 12 to 15 year-olds receiving the most help.

To ensure as many of these young people are getting the support they need, the NSPCC and The Sentinel have launched ‘Light Up Christmas for Children’.

Girls aged 12 to 15 year-olds are the most like to turn to Childline for help after being bullied online

Sandra McNair, NSPCC regional head of service for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, said: “Young people these days rely upon their mobile phones and social media to keep in touch with their friends, but inevitably that makes it easier

Read more at: http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/huge-rise-children-seeking-counselling-801925

How to protect yourself from cyber crime – WSYM

Last year cyber crime cost the global economy more than 450-billion dollars.

The problem is not going away anytime soon. The holiday season — is prime time for thieves to take advantage.

Cyber crime is the type of thing is that there is very little chance that you’re going to get caught and people are all over the world, it becomes a trend, a way of life for people

Jeff Dettloff of Providence Computer Services in Lansing … Is all to familiar.

But there are ways you can protect yourself while shopping online. 
For starters, it’s best to use a credit card.

With a credit card you have protections from credit card company’s and if something goes wrong with the transaction, you can appeal to them and they can put a stop payment on that

If you have plans to shop on public wifi, for instance at a coffee shop that may not require a

Read more at: https://www.fox47news.com/news/local-news/how-to-protect-yourself-from-cyber-crime

Do You Know These 5 Ways to Protect Your Credit?

In July, the Identity Theft Resource Center reported a 29 percent jump in data breaches in the U.S., hitting record of 791 incidents for the first half of 2017. Steven Andrés, Ph.D., who teaches cyber warfare/terrorism and critical infrastructure protection at the Graduate Program in Homeland Security at San Diego State, says it’s worth considering these six pieces of advice before you start your shopping:

1. Freeze your credit. 

California law allows you to place a legally binding “security freeze” at each of the three major credit bureaus (ExperianEquifax, and TransUnion). This freeze is like a firewall for your credit file, says Dr. Andrés, and prevents anyone from opening or obtaining your information (including yourself). 

A criminal armed with your SSN would meet resistance when the bank or financial institution attempts to look up your credit worthiness. 

“When you want to legitimately use your credit file to buy a car

Read more at: https://www.newswise.com/articles/do-you-know-these-5-ways-to-protect-your-credit

Advice Guide: How to protect against cyber crime

If you find yourself a victim of cyber fraud or online identity theft, what should you do?

Contact Action Fraud: the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. They also offer an email or phone service where you can help alert others to potential scam emails and messages. Alternatively, you can call your local police force on 101.

Inform your bank, credit card company and other financial providers on a number you obtain from a trusted source like your paper statements or the rear of your cards.

You may also want to consider further protection to block unauthorised attempts to take out credit in your name. The CIFAS scheme places a marker on your credit file to help prevent fraudsters opening accounts and loans with your details.

Read more at: http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2017-11-29/advice-guide-how-to-protect-against-cyber-crime/