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Blog // Connect Michigan

5 Tips for Securing Your Personal Computer

By CMI Staff

  October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month.   Below are tips to help you stay safe online:   1. Keep your firewall turned on: Firewalls provide protection against outside attackers by shielding your computer or network from malicious or unnecessary Internet traffic. 2. Always use good passwords for your PC: • Don't use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed • Don't use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language • Develop a mnemonic for remembering complex passwords • Use a combination of lowercase and capital letters, numbers, and special characters...

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Michigan Aims to Lead in Cybersecurity

By Wil Payton

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has launched the Michigan Cyber Initiative to protect the state from cybersecurity attacks. He also announced that the state would form a Michigan Cyber Defense Response Team to advise state leaders. Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan’s program manager was in attendance at the Michigan Cyber Summit 2011 hosted by the Governor today. “Cyber attacks are the largest threat to our national security," said Gov. Snyder. "I’m a victim. My family and I have been a victim of cyber crime. If you think about it, it’s probably the most pervasive single crime in this country. Most of us have been a victim in some fashion."...

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Michigan Cyber Summit 2011

By CMI Staff

Connect Michigan is covering the Michigan Cyber Summit 2011 hosted by Governor Rick Snyder today. Follow our coverage live on [twitter]. The event is taking place to kick-off the October 2011 National Cyber Security Awareness month. Also today, the IBM X-Force released the 2011 Mid-Year Cyber Trend and Risk Report. The IBM X-Force Trend and Risk Report is produced twice per year: once at mid-year and once at year-end.   This report provides statistical information about all aspects of threats that affect Internet security, including software vulnerabilities and public exploitation, malware, spam, phishing, web-based threats, and general...

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Tightening your data belt can save you money

By CMI Staff

  From PETER WAYNER | The New York Times Published: October 5, 2011   The economics of an all-you-can-eat buffet are pretty easy to figure out. The restaurant makes money as long as most of the diners don’t have big appetites and enormous capacity for engorgement.   It hasn’t taken Internet service providers very long to conclude that their all-you-can-eat pricing isn’t as profitable as charging those who use more bandwidth streaming videos and music more money than those who pop on for a quick Facebook chat. Many are adopting flat-rate pricing or pricing tiers. The more you use, the more you pay. Many are even imposing...

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