Scammers Weekly: ‘Own it, Secure it, and Protect it’

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Southside Daily has collaborated with AARP to raise awareness about scams people need to watch out for.

A scam will be featured every Wednesday, so be sure to always check and be in the know.

Here’s this week’s edition:

October is National Cybersecurity Month and there are three keys to staying safe online: Own it, Secure it, and Protect it.

The “it” is your digital profile – the personal things about yourself that you put online.

Living in the digital age means putting a lot of personal information online, like your home address, where you work, family members, and much more.

Keeping that information safe requires a bit of work. First, you need to own it by understanding what you’re putting out there, (such as what you’re posting on social media).

Next, you have to secure it with strong passwords or using a password manager and enabling two-step authentication where available.

Lastly, you need to protect it by staying current with the latest security updates on your devices and using Public WiFi safely. Learn more at

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network by clicking here or call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360 to report a scam or get help if you’ve fallen victim.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.