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With the proliferation of malware, viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, adware, spam,  hackers, credit card, phishing scams and other cyber threats and online fraud, it can be a daunting task to keep up and to have the right tools at your disposal to ward of these threats.  

The one thing to always keep in mind is that if it sounds too good to be true, there is a good chance it is.  Not falling for the tricks from cyber hackers, fraudsters and other online criminals is the first thing we have to learn, to protect our own computers, our sites and our potential customers and visitors.

While shopping online offers numerous benefits, there are also real threats such as loss of identity, loss of funds and loss of business. The following resources can help your site security and help your site visitors gain more confidence when doing business with you.

Here are a list of resources to get you started:

Webroot has a large list of Frequently Asked Questions covering dozens of topics regarding online security, malware, hacking, and other computer security and more!

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies to the largest and most complex of human-made creations—from nanoscale devices so tiny that tens of thousands can fit on the end of a single human hair up to earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and global communication networks.

The Center for Internet Security focuses on enhancing the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities, with a commitment to excellence through collaboration.

Cybrary Access high quality, exclusive cybersecurity and I.T. video learning resources you can’t find anywhere else, only on Cybrary. Learn anytime, anywhere from subject matter experts, industry professionals, and thought-leading companies. Earn certificates and CEU/CPEs, and engage with a community of ~2,400,000 professionals around the world.

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) The mission of GIAC is to provide assurance to employers their people and prospective hires can actually do the job. To accomplish this mission, GIAC goes beyond theory and terminology and tests the pragmatics of Audit, Security, Operations, Management and Software Security tasks.

The Hacker News is the place to find breaking news about cyber attacks and vulnerabilities. News is published daily, and loyal fans can subscribe to a newsletter so that all the stories come right to their inboxes. 

Cybersecurity Insiders is a comprehensive source for everything related to cybersecurity – connecting people, opportunities, and ideas.

CSO serves enterprise security decision-makers and users with the critical information they need to stay ahead of evolving threats and defend against criminal cyberattacks. With incisive content that addresses all security disciplines from risk management to network defense to fraud and data loss prevention, CSO offers unparalleled depth and insight to support key decisions and investments for IT security professionals.

 Microsoft Safety and Security  Has free security downloads, virus removal software, online support and more.

OnGuardOnline.gov: This web site provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

OnGuardOnline.gov’s “Computer Security” – Provides tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal …

ProSiteSecure – SSL and SEO Service – The Complete Cloud-Based Site Security for your WordPress Website. ProSiteSecure is a service that speeds up and secures websites by acting as a “guard” between servers and the entire internet.

StaySafeOnline.org: Simple steps, practices and resources you can use to learn the basics on how to better secure their home computer from cyber threats.

Security Standards and Resources: A compilation of industry and higher education security standard, data breach compilations, security trends, and non-UCSC cyber security news.

StopBadware.org is a partnership among academic institutions, technology industry leaders, and volunteers, all of whom are committed to protecting Internet and computer users from the threats to privacy and security that are caused by bad software. We are a leading independent authority on trends in badware and its distribution, and a focal point for the development of collaborative, community-minded approaches to stopping badware.

Computer software includes MacAfee, Bitdefender, Norton, Avast, AVG, Malwarebites and more.  Many include a free version with the option to upgrade for more features.

Read this article: How to Make Cyber Security Less of a Threat

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