A password is not enough to protect your personal information – a second level of security is needed to block thieves from hacking your email or social media accounts. In the cyber world, you’re a target.

“Your Twitter, LinkedIn account, Facebook, your email accounts – that’s where the bad guys are going because they follow where the most people are, so they are trying to hack you by getting into those systems,” said Kristin Judge, National Cyber Security Alliance.

Step 1, like this Google email account, is your password, but now, two-step authentication goes beyond just a password to make sure it’s really you and not just someone with your password.

This public service message is the latest push by the National Cyber Security Alliance, which held a conference in Chicago on Friday.

“Two-step protection is out there, consumers don’t know about it. Google has been doing it since 2011, what good is it? Consumers really need to understand it, they need that extra security,” said Steve Bernas, president and CEO, Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.

“The message today is to add an extra layer of protection to your online accounts,” said Judge.

You can add two-step authentication on online accounts like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo! Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

On Facebook, you start by going to “security settings” and down to “login approvals.” You’ll put in your phone number, click on the box to require a security code. That code will be texted to your phone, along with a password, you’ll need that code to log-on to your Facebook account. Kristin Judge with the Security Alliance uses two-point authentication on Gmail.

“It’s going to say to me, enter the code that comes to your phone. I didn’t ask it to send me the code, it just knows,” Judge said.

Again, you input the code as a second security step. This isn’t well-known, yet, but Chicagoans are learning.

“I’m going to tell everybody now, that it’s something need to look into and start doing it for their personal protection,” said Tony Quintana, a private investigator.

You don’t have to do two-step authentication repeatedly on devices that you use all the time, like your phone and iPad. But if a criminal somewhere tried to log on to your computer, they couldn’t – they would need a text message with the second step

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Footscray Hospital security fighting violence with body cameras

Australia Dec 1 2014 Security guards are arming themselves with cameras to tackle violence and aggression at Footscray Hospital.

Western Health has credited the security cameras with a decrease in attacks by helping to deter potential offenders and capturing evidence if an incident unfolds.

Security services training and operations co-ordinator Trevor Lawson said many incidents had been successfully resolved since the guards began wearing the cameras on their shirts, because people understood their behaviour was being recorded.

He said the hospital had undergone a security review and had a designated, on-site training facility.

It comes as data reveals “code grey” alerts for aggressive and threatening behaviour are on track to decrease at the hospital.

There have been 755 incidents to October this year, compared with 1054 incidents last year.

Meanwhile, “code black”, serious threats, occurred six times in 2013, with five so far this year.

Neurosurgeon Dr Michael Wong is lucky to be alive after he was stabbed 14 times in the back, arms, hands, chest, legs, abdomen and head as he arrived for work at the hospital on February 18.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Victorian secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said the figures didn’t reflect the true magnitude of the problem as many nurses had given up reporting violence because nothing changed.

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Savannah College of Arts and Design Installs Gunshot-Detecting Technology

SAVANNAH, GA The Savannah College of Art and Design is upping its security to keep students safe. The new technology will help in case of a school shooting. SCAD just installed ShotSpotter, the same technology the city of Savannah recently purchased.

“The technology detects gunfire and helps police pinpoint the threat in seconds,” said SCAD Security Dir. John Buckovich.

The SCAD campus may be spread out over the city, but in the Command Center student safety is monitored around the clock. Besides more than 600 security cameras watching people on campus, the college also has rolled out ShotSpotter technology.

“When gunfire is detected within our campus area whether it’s inside or outside an alert will come on screen,” said Buckovich.

SCAD Security Director John Buckovich said gunfire detection sensors are placed in all of the academic buildings. If a gun goes off, the information is sent directly to Savannah-Chatham Metro police so they can quickly respond.

“It will tell you how many rounds were fired, it will tell you very closely within about 25 meters where the shot occurred, and it will tell you if the individual shooting the rounds is moving,” said Buckovich.

SCAD student Kathryn Larrabee said she already feels safe on campus but this extra precaution can’t hurt.

“It’s kind of hard with an open campus to get that balance of security and letting us learn at the same time so I think this secure campus is really exciting for us students to know that they will be there no matter what,” said Larrabee.

Buckovich said this technology will make a difference in an emergency situation.

“We hope that this never happens on our campus but it’s a proactive way that if it ever were to happen we have a system in place we can respond quickly and effectively,” said Buckovich.

SCAD is the first college in the United States to install this system on campus.

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Husband coaches wife through shoplifting heist via text

HAYDEN, Idaho - It wasn’t exactly a Bonnie and Clyde story or an Ocean’s Eleven heist, but a husband and wife were arrested in Hayden on Friday in a shoplifting scheme that went bad according the the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified by Walmart security that a woman named Celeste Vanmeter was shoplifting, and it appears her husband Russell was in the parking lot texting her instructions on how to do the deed.

Security said the pair were suspicious inside the store and then they split up. Russell went out to the parking lot, and Celeste stayed inside the store, checking her phone, and filling her cart with various items, including paint buckets, light bulbs, a small heater and an XM stereo. Security then watched as Celeste left the store with at least $148 worth of stuff before they stopped her.

Once deputies arrived and began their investigation, they asked Celeste if there was any evidence she and her husband had been planning to steal on her phone. Deputies said Celeste said no and gave them permission to look. The deputies then found the following text exchange between Celeste and her husband (Note* The text messages are written just the way deputies found them, with spelling errors):

Celeste: “I’m at Walmart.”

Russell: “Go out the grocery and wait for a bunch of people to go threw and then merge with them.”

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Mother and daughter charged with baby formula thefts

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - A mother-daughter team suspected of stealing hundreds of cans of baby formula across Michigan to resell are being charged with recent thefts from a Meijer store in Norton Shores.

Sue Surian, 55, and her 29-year-old daughter Lisa are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Muskegon District Court on felony charges of first-degree retail fraud and organized retail crime.

The two have quite a bit of experience in shoplifting, according to court records.

Both were convicted in Montcalm County of shoplifting from a Walmart store in Greenville and sentenced to six months’ probation. A week after the Oct. 27 sentencing, Norton Shores police released surveillance photos of two women suspected of stealing more than $1,000 worth of baby formula.

It did not take long for investigators to identify the Stanton women as suspects in the Norton Shores thefts.

Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Tim Maat said the pair stole between 15 and 30 cans of baby food formula at a time, often concealing it in garbage cans. Surveillance video from a theft at the Meijer store in Norton Shores helped lead to their arrest. Maat says the thefts are part of a disturbing national trend.

“The attempts have been to get baby formula and to sell it nationwide,” Maat said. ” And this is not a situation where a young mother is struggling to find enough formula for their infant child. It’s being stolen in volume so that it can be resold for criminal reasons.”

Maat says the pair sold the formula stolen in Muskegon County for $2,000, charging $5 for the smaller cans and $8 for larger sizes.

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New bomb-sniffing dogs working Sea-Tac security

SEA-TAC AIRPORT, Wash. – Brand-new screening measures are in place at Sea-Tac Airport ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel rush. TSA is now using specially-trained bomb-sniffing canines at security checkpoints.

As passengers walk by with their luggage, the working dogs have the ability to sniff out explosives, including components to make a bomb. Then, the canines will alert their handlers if a passenger needs to be checked out for something suspicious.

“We know from intelligence and from experience that explosives are the number one threat against aviation, and so we can stop those from getting pass security check-points everyone can feel a little safe,” said TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers.

Because they are working dogs, travelers are asked to not pet the dogs or give them treats.

Screening for and stopping prohibited items, especially knives of all sizes, continue to be an issue TSA agents see at checkpoints, which slows down the check-in process.

Among the items surrendered at Sea-Tac Airport checkpoints this week were a pair of 3-foot-long novelty scissors, blades that fold out from credit card-size holders, power tools and an ice axe.

To get through security smoothly and faster, TSA recommends dressing light and double-checking all carryon bags for any prohibited items.

The TSA still occasionally spots people trying to bring firearms through security. If you’re packing a firearm, it must be unloaded and inside a locked, hard-sided container in your checked bag. You cannot carry a firearm, firearm parts or ammunition on the plane with you. Realistic replicas of guns are also banned from being carried on, but rifle scopes are allowed.

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Video monitoring security system launches at 4 Tacoma schools

TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma Public Schools are testing a new video monitoring security system for people trying to enter selected school buildings while class is in session. The school district looked at a number of different security options after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

The video monitoring system has been installed at four schools in the district. Campuses at these schools are completely locked up from arrival to dismissal.

Anyone trying to get into the school building during those hours must show ID at the video camera installed at the front entrance of the school before they’re allowed inside. Along with showing an ID, visitors have to explain why they’re there.

School staff monitor the video from a computer system at the main office and then decide whether to buzz the visitor, student, staff or parent indoors.

The four schools were picked because of issues with their layouts. Staff couldn’t see where people went after they entered through the main doors. For example, at Mason Middle School the main office isn’t near the front entrance.

The district has heard some complaints about inconvenience, but overall staff and students say they feel safer knowing exactly who’s coming into their building.

“I do think it’s necessary and unfortunately they don’t have these in my children’s schools. I wish they would, as a parent, mom and employee I feel like our school building is safe and secure,” said Andrea Borell, Mason Middle School secretary.

Each video monitor security system costs $10,000 and was paid for by a Capital Bond Levy passed by voters. If the district determines they’re effective, the video monitoring system could roll out to other schools in the district.

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Planes Gather Cellphone Data to Find Criminals

The Justice Department is collecting data from thousands of cellphones through high-tech gear deployed on airplanes that mimics communications towers, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

The newspaper said the hunt for information about criminal suspects is also collecting data from many innocent Americans.

Citing sources familiar with the operations, the newspaper said the U.S. Marshal’s Service program, which became fully operational in 2007, operates Cessna aircraft from at least five metropolitan-area airports to collect the data. The airports were not identified in the Journal story.

The planes are equipped with devices that mimic cell towers of large telecommunications firms and trick cellphones into reporting unique registration information. The 2-foot-square devices allow investigators to collect data from thousands of cellphones in a single flight, the Journal reported. The devices collect their identifying information and general location.

The Justice Department would neither confirm nor deny the existence of such a program to the Journal. An official told the newspaper that discussion of such matters would allow criminal suspects of foreign powers to determine U.S. surveillance capabilities, adding that Justice Department agencies comply with federal law, including by seeking court approval.

Calling it “a dragnet surveillance program,” Christopher Soghoian, chief technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, said: “It’s inexcusable and it’s likely — to the extent judges are authorizing it — they have no idea of the scale of it.”

The device being used by the Marshals Service identifies itself as having the closest, strongest signal — though it doesn’t — and causes all the cellphones that can detect its signal to send in their unique registration information. Cellphones are programmed to connect automatically to the strongest cell tower signal.

Phone companies are cut out in the search for suspects. Law enforcement has found that asking a company for cell-tower information to help locate a suspect can be slow and inaccurate. This program allows the government to get that information itself.

People familiar with the program told the Journal they do get court orders to search for phones, but it isn’t clear whether those orders describe the methods used because the orders are sealed.

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Massachusetts school deploys ‘shooter detection system’

METHUEN Massachusetts (Reuters) - A Massachusetts school has introduced a security system designed to alert authorities and administrators when shots are fired in the building, the first of its kind in the United States, according to the manufacturer.

The technology, adapted from a system in use by the U.S. military in war zones, is being marketed to schools and other public spaces across the country after a spate of deadly mass shootings.

Authorities in Methuen, about 30 miles north of Boston, demonstrated the Guardian Active Shooter Detection System on Tuesday, when the school was closed for the Veterans Day holiday, with a man firing blanks in the school’s hallways.

After the shots rang out, police coordinated a response over radios and an audience, which included Massachusetts Democratic representative Niki Tsongas and police chiefs from across the region, watched as circles pinpointing the shots appeared on a floor plan projected in the school’s auditorium.

“It is the responsibility of all of us to make sure our schools are sanctuaries for learning,” Tsongas said ahead of the demonstration. “From Columbine to Sandy Hook, unspeakable acts of violence have occurred in our schools, and gun violence is now a major concern for our children, our educators and our parents,” she said.

U.S. schools have ramped up security in recent decades, installing metal detectors and surveillance systems to counter a surge in shootings. New England saw one of the worst such attacks in 2012, when a gunman killed 20 elementary students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University, said a system like the one in Methuen could lead to fewer injuries and perhaps save lives.

Shooter Detection Systems’ CEO Christian Connors said the system was the first of its kind in the country, and that the company was talking to the federal government about its wider use. The system costs $50,000 to $100,000 for a school of Methuen’s size, Connors said.

The system consists of an outdoor acoustic system and 50 to 60 smoke-detector-size sensors installed in hallways and classrooms, he said. It also uses infrared cameras to detect muzzle flashes, he said.

The technology was developed with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, an arm of the U.S. Defense Department, and Raytheon, which has deployed similar systems in Iraq and Afghanistan, the company said.

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Suspects target local NC Ulta shops for expensive perfume

ROCK HILL, S.C. -Nov 12 2014 – Rock Hill police released surveillance video Friday showing a shoplifter leaving a store with $2,700 worth of perfume bottles.

It’s the latest in a string of incidents targeting the Ulta Beauty chain. Authorities are working to see if the cases are connected.

The video shows the man heading straight to the Chanel counter and putting 30 bottles of Chanel perfume in his shopping bag.

Since September, perfume bandits have struck five area Ulta stores in Charlotte, Salisbury and Rock Hill.

Thieves are primarily after the Chanel products which retail at $100 dollars a bottle, on average.

In late September, CMPD released surveillance pictures of two suspects they say hit four Charlotte-area shops in three days.

This week, Salisbury Police released pictures of one suspects holding a bag of stolen bottled in his shopping bag.

Authorities say the suspects are becoming bolder in their perfume pursuit.

Police say the suspect threatened to spray the store employees with mace when confronted at a store in Charlotte in September.

This week, police say, the suspect claimed he had a gun before making his escape.

The suspect in the Salisbury case hit the same store on Tuesday and Thursday, and police say he was seen walking into the store with four females. Police say they distracted the clerk, as the suspect cleared the shelves of perfume.

If you can identify the individuals in the photos, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers.

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