Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Black Friday shopping broke records over the weekend, and Cyber Monday expectations are high.
ComScore research expects Americans to spend $1.5 billion, an increase over last year.
Online retailers have been holding their post-Thanksgiving sales on this date since 2005.
Many people have online access at home, not to mention mobile devices that let them shop anywhere, so some sites started their deals early.
Cyber Monday is also a big draw for crooks, according to an online security expert.
Matthew Cheng, founder of eCoupons.com and a Graduate Student in Digital Forensics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has compiled a list of safety tips to protect your self from crime:
1) Don't shop online from your laptop, iPad, or cell phone from an open/unencrypted WiFi network. Hackers can "sniff" or read all unencrypted information traveling through the air. For example, in Facebook, under Security Settings, if you do not enable Secure Browsing, anyone can see your password and any information you read and write. If you do access the internet through an the open network, make sure you access websites start with "https://", this means the connection between you and the website is secure.
2) Unless you have your boss' permission, the same policy holds true for shopping at work. Your workplace computer network can monitor and record your internet activities.
3) Always use a credit card when making online purchases and stick to just one. A credit card gives you added protection against unauthorized charges versus debit cards immediately deduct money from your checking account. Review your statements on a regular basis.
4) Be careful when you press the "Like" button. Like-Liking a page on Facebook gives the owner of the page full access to your Facebook profile details, i.e. name, date of birth, gender, interests, workplace and list of friends.
5) When installing a new App on your iPhone or Android smartphone, make sure you're comfortable with the information it is asking to access i.e. address book, location data, usage, etc.
6) Beware of emails claiming to be shipping notifications from USPS, UPS, Fedex or eBay. Because so many people are shopping online during the holiday season, hackers like to send "notification" emails from popular companies. If the email looks suspicious, never click on the links.
7) Buying a new computer or cell phone and throwing out the old one? Always make sure to securely format the old hard drive to wipe out personal information before recycling. Delete all personal information from your old cell phone.
8) Never email personal financial information. Email is insecure and online companies will never ask you to do this. When in doubt, call the company directly.
9) When buying on eBay, always check the seller's history and reputation.
Sometimes online auctions are too good to be true. Unscrupulous sellers may even be selling stolen merchandise.
10) When searching in Google, MSN, or Yahoo, don't click on Sponsored Ads that start with a retailer name followed with a different URL below it. These sponsored ads are typically scams to bring you to another website instead of the one you're really looking for.
Lastly, always make sure you're running an up to date anti-virus program and keep your operating system's up to date.