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Will hackers turn your lifesaving device into a life-threatening one?

What seemed like a farfetched scenario out of Hollywood four years ago is now yet another reality that security experts have been warning about. In the screen version, the U.S. vice president is assassinated on the TV show “Homeland” after a hacker takes control of his pacemaker and stops his heart—making it look like a heart attack. In real life, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released a safety warning that St. Jude Medical […]

  • healthcare

    What GOP Health Care Means for Your WalletGovernment, Personal Finance

    Will you be better or worse off if Republicans pass their version of health care reform? That’s the burning question for most Americans as they watch the arm wrestling going on in Washington, D.C. As with the health care debate itself, there are no easy answers. The bill being debated right now, the American Health Care Act working its way through the House of Representatives, offers strong hints about what health insurance will look like when […]

  • CIA

    How bad is recent WikiLeaks document spill about CIA? Look beyond headlinesData Security, Government

    WikiLeaks got everyone’s attention again last week, with dire headlines proclaiming the entire American government spook infrastructure had just been decimated by the secret-smashing site. Julian Assange, true to form, has shared a little leaked data and promised a whole lot more. (“Less than 1%” has been shared, the site said in a tweet). The cache of stolen documents it published does have a media-friendly name, however: Vault7.Hold on to your hyperbole: There’s a lot […]

  • data breach

    Cyber attacks becoming big threat for small businessesCybersecurity

    Small and midsize businesses are increasingly at risk for data breach class-action lawsuits that typically have targeted large corporations. Large companies are learning to address cyber threats. Hackers are responding by setting their sights on SMBs. It’s simply more productive and efficient to attack poorly protected companies that could take weeks or even months to notice they’ve been breached. As the risk of exposure moves downstream, the associated class-action lawsuits surely will follow. Statistics from […]

  • My Friend Cayla, similar toys may not be your child’s best friendIdentity Theft, Technology

    Germany has taken steps to allay concerns about how the “Internet of Toys” could put children in harm’s way. This past December, consumer groups concerned with child safety petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to look into a hot new doll, named My Friend Cayla, and its counterpart marketed to boys, i-Que Intelligent Robot. Privacy advocates expressed concern about the dolls’ capacity to spy on children. And now German authorities have banned these two internet-connected toys […]

  • Tax fraud

    How to Make Sure Someone Doesn’t Steal Your Tax RefundPersonal Finance, Identity Theft

    Americans taxpayers are too lax about identity theft, according to CyberScout. A survey conducted by the data security and identity protection firm found more than half of Americans aren’t worried about tax fraud, despite federal reports showing identity thieves filed 787,000 fraudulent returns in 2016, which adds up to more than $4 billion in fraud. The survey also found that only 35% of taxpayers ask their preparers to use two-factor authentication (which is stronger than […]

  • Student loan scam

    5 Ways to Spot a Student Loan Scamstudent loans

    “I LOVE my student loan debt,” said no one, ever. Not only can student loan repayment be difficult to understand, it can crush your budget, and whenever there’s confusion and desperation, there’s someone trying to make money off it. There are a handful of legitimate ways you can make your student loan payments more affordable, but it’s very likely you’ll come across student loan scams if you’re researching repayment options. These scams vary widely — […]

  • cyber crime

    Identity Theft Hit an All-Time High in 2016Identity Theft

    Despite years of battling by the financial industry and a massive change in the way Americans use debit and credit cards, the rate of identity theft soared during 2016, a new report has found. In fact, it hit an all-time high. An estimated 15.4 million consumers were hit with some kind of ID theft last year, according to Javelin Strategy & Research, up from 13.1 million the year before. The report begins ominously: “2016 will […]

  • malware

    Your social media posts are popular—with hackersData Security

    Social media is embedded in our lives—Facebook alone had 1.79 billion daily users as of September 2016—which means cyber criminals are not far behind. As companies increasingly rely on this digital channel for marketing, recruiting, customer service and other business functions, social media also has become a highly effective vehicle for cyber attacks. Outside of the corporate network perimeter and an organization’s control, it throws traditional security approaches out the window. A growing category of […]

  • mortgage

    Looking to Get a Mortgage in 2017? Here’s What You Need to KnowMortgages

    The mortgage industry has gone through some changes in the last three months. If you are looking to finance a home in 2017, it is important that you know what the opportunities are and how to capitalize on them. Over the next 12 months, here are some things to keep in mind as you consider your financing. Interest rates have spiked and are now sitting at over 4% on the widely popular 30-year fixed-rate mortgages. This […]

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