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The Polar Vortex and Cybercrime

Brr…. It’s cold. It’s also January in Missouri. So what’s new? Nothing really except we have polarvortexa new name for it called ‘The Polar Vortex’. Does that really mean it’s colder than past Januarys? Not really it just means the media has a more dramatic way of stating the obvious.

According to the Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database – our county’s (Pettis) average low temp for every January day from 2005-2013 (280 days) was 21.5 degrees, of which-

  • 84 of those days were 15 degrees or colder.
  • 20 of those days were 4 degrees or colder.
  • The low was -9.1 degrees on January 5, 2010.

So while it may be cold out today. (17 Degrees / Wind Chill 6)  I’ll say again – it’s January
However call it the Polar Vortex and it’s the New Ice Age.

Weather and technology have a lot in common. The same story, over and over gets boring. Just like it is cold in January, there’s always security threats on the internet. Because these threats have become so commonplace, users become desensitized to the threats and forget to practice common sense when surfing, emailing, or making online purchases. Cybercrime is alive and thriving and we need to remind ourselves, our family, and our employees to think in order to avoid harm.

Just think in a few months we’ll be complaining about the heat and internet threats will still be boring.

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