The eHow Tech Protect Yourself Online contest is now over. Thanks to everyone who submitted a story and look for winners to be announced on the eHow Tech blog during the week of May 13.
Cybersecuity is in the news almost every day. Just in the last few months, for example, there have been high profile examples of hackers breaking into the New York Times, stealing passwords from sites like LinkedIn and Evernote, and shocking scams like ATM “skimmers” and cracked credit card readers at Barnes and Noble. The list goes on and on, and thieves will always be looking for any way into your data and bank accounts.
That’s why we’ve got a roundup of cyber-security stories on eHow Tech right now. Protect Yourself on the Modern Internet tells you everything you need to know about all sorts of threats, like viruses, Trojans, and botnets. You can also read Outsmarting Cyber-Crooks to learn how to avoid becoming a target of cybercrime. And don’t forget that you should also protect your phone from malware, too.
Win Kaspersky Pure 3.0!
send me an email in which you tell us about any security scare you’ve ever had – maybe your PC was hit by a virus, or you had your password stolen. Perhaps you found weird charges on your credit card – if you’ve ever been victimized by a hacker, cybercriminal, or malware, then tell us about it.While we’re talking about security, I’m excited to announce the eHow Tech Protect Yourself Online contest. Here’s how it works: Between now and April 26,
Send your email and keep it under 250 words. We’ll choose the best stories and award three copies of Kaspersky Pure 3.0 Total Security, an $89.95 security suite that you can install on three different PCs in your home. The contest ends on April 26.
What is Kaspersky Pure?
Kaspersky Pure 3.0 protects your photos, documents, passwords, your online identity, and financial transactions. Here are some highlights of Pure:
Safe Money: Automatically activates whenever you visit a banking website or online payment services, and includes a variety of anti-keylogging, anti-phishing and identity theft protection tools to keep your bank account and credit card information safe.
Online Password Manager: Stores all of your passwords in a protected vault so you don’t need to remember them and hackers can’t get to them. New in Kaspersky PURE 3.0 – synchronize your passwords across all your PURE-protected machines.
Online Backup: Back up your important files with integrated Dropbox storage with one easy transfer in case or loss or damage to your PC.
Send us an email and you might win a great security suite to help keep three of your PCs and all of your data, passwords, and financial transactions safe and secure.
So what do you have to lose? The answer, of course, is nothing.
Oh, and the lawyers asked me to include the full rules of the contest. Here they are, for your reading pleasure:
EHOW.COM “PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE” CONTEST
Participation in the EHOW.COM “PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE” CONTEST (the “Contest”) constitutes your agreement to be bound by these Official Rules (“Official Rules”).
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN THE CONTEST. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR LIKELIHOOD OF WINNING.
ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Sponsor: Demand Media, Inc., the owner and operator of the EHOW.COM web site, is the sponsor of the Contest (the “Sponsor”). The Sponsor’s address is 5808 Lake Washington Blvd NE, Suite 300, Kirkland, WA 98033.
Eligibility: To participate in the Contest you must be a legal resident of the United States or the District of Columbia and eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees, officers and directors of the Sponsor, and its immediate family members and affiliates are not eligible to participate in the Contest.
Contest Period: The Contest begins at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time on April 8, 2013, and ends at 11:59 a.m. Pacific Time on April 26, 2013 (the “Contest Period”).
Entry: To enter the Contest, draft a short email of two hundred fifty (250) words or less that describes a security incident that happened to you, and send the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person during the Contest Period.
Prizes; Disclaimer of Warranties; Release from Liability: Three (3) Contest prize winners will be selected to receive the Kaspersky Pure 3.0 Total Security PC security software package (approximate retail value: $89.95).
No substitution or cash equivalent of any prize is permitted except that if the prize is not reasonably available, the Sponsor may substitute the prize with one of equal or greater value. All prizes awarded are subject to the restrictions and limitations noted in these Official Rules, on the prizes and/or included with the prizes and the winner must abide by all such limitations and restrictions. Winners agree to accept their prize “as is” without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The Sponsor has the right to resolve any concerns, questions, or complaints related to the prizes in its sole discretion. Each winner is solely responsible for any and all federal, state and/or local taxes, fees, and any other costs in connection with receipt of the prize. IN NO EVENT WILL SPONSOR, FACEBOOK OR KASPERSKY LAB BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY WARRANTY, COSTS, DAMAGE, INJURY, OR ANY OTHER CLAIMS IN CONNECTION WITH THIS CONTEST, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THOSE RELATED TO USE OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZE.
Selection of Winners; Odds of Winning: After conclusion of the Contest Period, Sponsor’s editorial team will in its sole discretion determine the potential winners from all eligible and qualified entries received in accordance with these Official Rules based on the following criteria:
(i) Content – skillful portrayal of contest theme; well-written entry
(ii) Creativity – creative, interesting, well thought-out entry; and
(iii) Voice/Expression and Style – unique, authentic and compelling voice
Winning entries will be determined based on a combination of the three factors listed above. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. All decisions of Sponsor are final and binding in all matters, including but not limited to determination of the Contest winners, interpretation of these Official Rules, and awarding of prizes. PLEASE NOTE THAT EVEN IF YOUR ENTRY QUALIFIES YOU AS A POTENTIAL WINNER AT THE CLOSE OF THE CONTEST, YOU HAVE NOT YET WON A PRIZE. POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR, AND MUST MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS BEFORE AN ENTRANT WILL BE CONFIRMED AS A WINNER AND A PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED.
Notification: The potential winners will be notified by e-mail on or about May 10,2013. If, despite the Sponsor’s reasonable efforts, any potential winner does not respond by return email within five (5) calendar days of the first notification attempt, or if a notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to any potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her eligibility for the prize and an alternate potential winner may be selected. By entering and/or accepting a prize, you agree to be bound by these rules and to release Sponsors from any and all liability arising out of your participation in this Contest with respect to the awarding, receipt, use and/or misuse of any prize. If within five (5) days of notification a potential winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines a prize for any reason prior to award, such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner may be selected. The Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in its sole discretion from all eligible and qualified entries received in accordance with these Official Rules.
Distribution: Each prize will be delivered to the winner at his or her address in one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia. All risk of loss passes to the winner at the point of shipment.
Required Paperwork: Participation in the Contest constitutes permission for the Sponsor to use the winner’s name, likeness, city, state of residence, personal information and text, photographs, graphics or other works of authorship submitted in their Contest entry to appear on the EHOW.COM web site, the EHOW.COM Facebook Fan Page and elsewhere in all media for advertising, marketing and promotional purposes without compensation, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Each potential prize winner may be required to provide supporting documents (such as a copy of the winner’s driver’s license or passport) in form and substance satisfactory to Sponsor in furtherance of the representations, warranties and covenants set forth in these Official Rules.
Indemnification: You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor and its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, successors and assigns, from and against any and all claims, demands, expenses, losses or liabilities including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees and punitive damages that may be asserted against or incurred by them at any time in connection with your participation in the Contest or any material or information submitted by you in connection with the Contest, or any use thereof, including, without limitation, those arising from any breach, or alleged breach, of the warranties, representations and promises provided by you in these Official Rules; or your or any third party’s acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize you win.
Technology Terms And Conditions: The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any damage to a Contest entrant’s computer or telephone system that is directly or indirectly caused by accessing the web site or otherwise participating in the Contest, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, dropped or delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, misdirected, late, lost, damaged, or stolen entries; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, web sites or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, or difficulties, printing errors, clerical, typographical or other error in the offering or announcement of any prize or in any prize notification documents, or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.
No Agency: Neither these Official Rules or the awarding of a prize creates any agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchisor-franchisee relationship between Sponsor and you.
Any and all disputes will be resolved in the appropriate courts in the State of California, exclusively, and subject to the laws of the State of California. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of California and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of California.
Winners List: To obtain a written identification of the winners, please send your request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to: EHOW.COM “PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE” CONTEST, Demand Media, Inc., 5808 Lake Washington Blvd NE, Suite 300, Kirkland, Washington 98033. Requests must be received by September 30, 2013.
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