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Social Media | Internet Safety For The Casual User: Q & A with Nicholas Schwartz

By Laura O'Gorman 3 January, 2014   As expats, how can we not adore the Internet? We can stay in touch with our distant loved ones via an array of seemingly cost-free tools and platforms. The convenience offered by these services is tempting – it’s quicker if your browser saves your passwords, it’s handy to back up files online, it’s useful if social media sites know your home address – but what’s easier for you to access is easier for hackers to get to as well. It can be tough to balance the addictive joys of social media with the dangers that come with sharing your personal information online. I sat down with Nicholas Schwartz, an Information Security Technical Consultant at the Bank of New York Mellon, to get some tips on how to stay safe. Note that these suggestions are primarily for Windows users as viruses are generally not targeted at Apple computers.   How much …