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  • 5 Ways Sharing On Social Media Can Put You At RiskColumn, Blog


    Everybody knows there are certain things you can’t share on the Internet without the risk of serious consequences — photos of yourself in compromising positions, intimate details of your travel plans, or what you really think of your boss, for instance. But there are other morsels of information we share with regularity and without considering the consequences to our own detriment, as one of ZDNET writer Zach Whittaker’s colleagues found out recently after granting Whittaker […]

  • 4 Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Need to KnowColumn, Data Security, health care, Blog


    Watch an episode of SVU, Law & Order or CSI on TV, and you’re bound to hear about doctor-patient confidentiality in hushed, almost reverent terms. Go to a new doctor’s office and, amidst all the other paperwork, you’ll be asked to sign a form enumerating your federally-mandated medical privacy rights. Call a hospital to check in on a friend and you’re likely to hear that those rights prevent them from connecting your call. So then […]

  • Data Breaches by Size in Not-So-Tiny BubblesData Security, Blog


    For those who think I’ve been beating the war drums about data breaches a lot, take a look at this chart brought to you by InformationIsBeautiful.net. The bubble chart shows all the breaches from the past few years in an easy-to-visualize format.                     As I’ve said before, it’s no longer a question of whether or not you will by breached, it’s only a matter of when […]

  • The 4-Letter Word That Can Ruin Your CreditColumn, Blog, Personal Finance


    Four-letter words can ruin a lot of things in life – a nice family dinner, a job interview, your relationship with your mother. But there’s one four-letter word that can wreak such havoc on your life that you won’t be able to live in the place you want, drive the car you prefer or even get the cellphone plan you like. That word is debt. Debt is the quintessential American experience these days: most people […]

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    Why Apple’s Surprise Security Flaw Is Such A Malware NightmareColumn, Data Security, Blog, Privacy


    There is an Apple enthusiast I know – and I’m sure you have a similar friend – who used to gleefully brag about all the suspicious links he could click on from his phone or computer with no fear of consequences. But after Apple’s confirmation this weekend that it was in the process of creating and issuing patches to resolve a massive security flaw in its operating systems and many of its connected programs, he’s […]

  • 360 Million Credentials Stolen in Massive Data Breach?Data Security, Blog


    Yesterday a cybersecurity firm reported that 360 million newly stolen credentials were available for sale on the deep web. The breach reportedly includes one attack that alone yielded 105 million records. Taken as a whole, that would make this aggregate compromise the largest breach of credentials to date, eclipsing the Adobe and Target breaches both in size and level of exposure. Whether this latest report is a re-hash of what we already know–that somewhere between […]

  • Why There Will Be Another Major Data Breach (And Another, And Another)Column, Data Security, Blog


    The storm of consumer-focused data breaches started off as intermittent downpours — Choicepoint, TJ Maxx, SONY, LinkedIn, Twitter, Adobe Systems — and is now a torrent: Target, Neiman Marcus, Kickstarter, White Lodging, the Sands Casino, and now everyone who’s attended or worked at the University of Maryland since 1998. In each case, hackers weren’t after the company’s intellectual property or trade secrets: they were after your information, because it’s the key to your money. In […]

  • University of Maryland Exposes 300,000 Crucial Records in Data BreachData Security, Blog


    I was on ABC News Radio yesterday right after news broke that the University of Maryland had suffered a major data breach involving information belonging to faculty, students and employees–anyone who had been issued an identification card. The exposed information included the name, social security number and date of birth of more than 300,000 people. There have been hundreds of breaches at universities over the years. At least two have been breached more than 5 […]

  • 5 Ways to Avoid Bad Credit After a Break-UpColumn, Blog


    Forget the “till death do us part” mantra — cohabitation has become the new normal in the U.S. Most millennials will move in with a significant other before marriage, and a high percentage of them will end up packing their boxes to leave. A National Center for Health Statistics report found that of those who cohabitate in the U.S., 27% of those couples will break up. While there are laws and courts dedicated to helping […]

  • In the Fine Print: A Viking at the Door?Consumer Protection, Blog


    Who has time to read every tiny word in those credit card agreements? Turns out, David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times does. He took the time to read the fine print of Capital One’s agreement and found some surprising details, including the right to show up at your workplace or home to collect a debt. According to the company, there will be no viking at anyone’s door. In fact, in the wake of the […]