SOURCE: JustAskGemalto


December 18, 2009 11:12 ET Releases Latest Digital Security Video Discussing Online Risks for the Everyday Internet User

CrunchGear Digital Security Expert Video Available on JustAskGemalto's YouTube Channel

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - December 18, 2009) - Nielsen reports that the average online user spent less than one minute on each Web site they viewed in November 2009. However, with every click on the Internet, consumers are putting themselves at additional risk for online theft. CrunchGear Editor-in-Chief John Biggs gives JustAskGemalto insight as to why so many people become victims of identity theft and online fraud.

Though consumers now have more privacy and security options, Biggs insists that the key to online safety is education. A good example of the need to have a better understanding of digital security is Facebook's recent attempt to increase privacy. This announcement has led to confusion according the Washington Post where they post a video titled, "How Do I Use Facebook's Privacy Settings?" In JustAskGemalto's digital security video with Biggs, the blogger discusses tips for general online safety.

Details of JustAskGemalto's interview with John Biggs

  • Biggs main point is that people should not trust what they read on the Internet, specifically around phishing emails
  • Although it is a trend on social networks to have the largest online friend base, Biggs encourages users to only add people they know personally
  • Biggs explains that information can be exchanged safely online, but it must be done with caution
  • As the author of Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age, Biggs provides consumers with a fresh perspective on digital security
  • Biggs' Digital Security Expert Video can be viewed at

Quotes from CrunchGear, John Biggs

  • "You should never say anything online that you wouldn't say in a crowded room."
  • "Make sure that you know the people that are adding you [on social networks]. A lot of things are designed to allow you to meet people you wouldn't normally meet but you have to make sure they are actual human beings."
  • "What we really need to do is improve people's understanding of cyber security... and how not to just click anything."

Continue following JustAskGemalto's Digital Security Expert Video Series for upcoming interviews with Computerworld, Dishin Digital and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

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We use electronic devices on a frequent, if not daily basis -- our PC or Mac, BlackBerry, iPhone, cell phone, epassport, credit card, and employee badge. They bring us freedom and convenience and we depend on these devices to carry and exchange our personal information. Along with this freedom comes the responsibility to safeguard our identity, personal data and financial transactions. answers consumer questions about how to better enjoy the conveniences of the digital world and how to secure one's digital identity and information while surfing, buying, traveling and communicating.

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