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Posted: 2013 Nov 01 - 06:17

Bible's words ring true

The following was a quote to "advice to young men" from many years ago.

"Son, pay attention to what your father and mother tell you. Their teaching will improve your character. Son, when sinners tempt you, don't give in. Suppose they say, Come on let's find someone to kill! Let's attack some innocent people for the fun of it."

"They many be alive and well when we find them, but they'll be dead when we're through with them! We'll find all kinds of riches and fill our houses with loot! Come and join us, and we'll all share what we steal."

"Son, don't go with people like that stay away from them. They can't wait to do something bad. They're always ready to kill. It does no good to spread a net when the bird you want to catch is watching, but men like that are setting a trap for themselves, a trap in which they will die. Robbery always chains the life of the robber -- that is what happens to anyone who lives by violence."

All of the above is from Proverbs 1:8-19 of the Good News Bible, English Version and as I read it the other day, it seemed so appropriate for the violence of today. Especially the eerie irony of the recent Australian jogger who was gunned down for no other reason than what the killers stated that they did it for the fun of it.

When I read those words in the Bible. I said wow! And, of course, I think of the other recent senseless killings. Imagine all of this was printed in the Bible many years ago coming true today.

Frank Severino

Daytona Beach

Daytona State professor offers cybercrime prevention tips

Cybercrime knows no boundaries. From government databases and large corporations to home computers and mobile devices, none are immune from thieves set on stealing valuable information.

College students, who by and large have incorporated social networking and mobile computing into the fabric of their lives, are especially vulnerable to cybercrime. According to the Federal Trade Commission, college students comprise 24 percent of identity theft victims.

With October officially designated Cyber Security Awareness Month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Daytona State College cyber security expert and computer engineering professor Dr. Philip Craiger offers a few tips on how to keep one's home computer and mobile device safe and secure.

"Your most valuable tool to fight against cybercrime is common sense," said Dr. Craiger, who, along with Dr. Mark Pollitt, heads the Southeastern Advanced Cybersecurity Education Consortium, a group of nine colleges funded by the National Science Foundation working to advance cyber forensic education in the southeastern United States. "Before you share personal information, ask yourself if the website you're on can be trusted."

While computer security is a broad topic, Dr. Craiger said it can be boiled down to three issues: ensuring your information remains private, that it remains in its original state (someone did not change your birth date, address, etc.) and you have information available to you when you need it.

Here are his top five tips to secure computing devices (desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet):

No. 1. Have a backup of your data. It ensures you have access to your information when you need it.

No. 2. Be careful what you click on. The 'bad guys' rely upon a variety of human emotions to gain access to your computer and your information.

No. 3. Use different usernames and passwords for every website. Many people make the mistake of using the same username and password on every website (banking, shopping, email, gaming and hobbies).

No. 4. Do not give out personal information on social websites. Identity theft is increasing because it's profitable. Identity thieves are able to piece together enough personal information about you that they can then get credit in your name.

No. 5. Install and use anti-virus protection. There are hundreds of thousands of "malware" versions (viruses, trojans, worms, etc.), and dozens more are developed every day. The result of a computer infection varies, but it's safe to say that none are beneficial to you, or others.

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