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Consumers clamor for free credit freezes in wake of Equifax breach

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Victims of the Equifax data hack, please sit tight. I’d hate to see people paying money for the wrong thing. That’s already happening to people like, John, in Texas, who ended up regretting his purchase of a $19.95 credit monitoring subscription. Also, I think eventually the right thing is going to happen and consumers will be able to freeze their credit reports—for free. There is, finally, momentum in that direction. If you are sure you don’t need […]

  • The Equifax Breach and the Cybersecurity Silver BulletData Security, Cybersecurity, Technology

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    Some time ago, the popular show Mythbusters wanted to find out if the Lone Ranger was right about silver bullets being better than lead ones. Turns out silver bullets are actually slower and less accurate. When it comes to cybersecurity, quick-fix silver bullets are also less effective than tried-and-true approaches. The most effective cybersecurity strategies begin with two certainties: mistakes will be made, and breaches like the one that hit Equifax will keep happening. The 143 million consumers exposed […]

  • Worried about Your Online Information? Use a Virtual Credit Cardcredit

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    Even when online retailers strive to keep customer information safe, data breaches happen. Hackers and thieves are constantly working to gain access to your sensitive data, including credit card numbers. Data breaches are on the rise and could cost businesses $8 trillion over the next five years. But some credit card issuers, like Bank of America and Citibank, offer virtual card numbers to help you protect your credit card information when you shop online. These virtual card numbers are […]

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    Your Equifax Download: What You Need to Know about the Equifax Hackcredit, Swiped, Cybersecurity

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    Everyone knows a mosquito bite doesn’t really start itching until the damage has already been done, and the same goes for many kinds of identity-related crimes. With news of the recent Equifax breach continuing to surface, what do you need to know now to limit your exposure? Equifax has estimated the hack impacts 143 million people, mostly in the United States. (That’s almost half the US population!) The thieves stole names, Social Security numbers, birth […]

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    Hackers reportedly infiltrate deep into U.S. power gridsTechnology

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    It started off as a fake invitation to a New Year’s Eve party, emailed to energy section employees. It ended with hackers taking screen shots of power grid control computer screens. Well, we can only hope it ended there. “The energy sector in Europe and North America is being targeted by a new wave of cyber attacks that could provide attackers with the means to severely disrupt affected operations,” Symantec wrote in its report. Symantec Corp. released an alarming report last week claiming […]

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    Consumers must demand answers on Equifax data breachData Security, Consumer Protection

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    Until murky details are cleared up, follow best practices for protecting personal information Equifax needs to start answering questions, fast. And this better be a turning point in consumer rights around use and storage of their personal information. It’s not even clear from the PR-worded statement that 143 million Social Security numbers were stolen, though that’s the clear implication. All we know is most Americans are “potentially” impacted. A bunch of driver’s license numbers were stolen, too. Really, all we […]

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    How to Protect Yourself on Venmo in 5 MinutesData Security, Banking

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    With Venmo being one of the most popular ways to send money, it makes sense to wonder what’s keeping your personal data and digital wallet safe. Venmo has made strides to improve its security in the past two years, but here’s the short answer to how safe Venmo is—protecting yourself comes almost entirely down to you. How to Keep Your Personal Info Safe on Venmo It takes only five minutes to make your Venmo account […]

  • Is GPS hacking causing U.S. Navy ships to crash?Data Security, Technology

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    For years, security researchers and consumers have been fixated on concerns around hacking cars. Maybe they should worry about ship hacking instead. Several recent collisions involving U.S. naval vessels have sparked speculation that someone or something is interfering with the ships’ ability to steer clear of other vessels in busy waters. The striking similarities between Monday’s incident involving the Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain, and June’s incident involving another destroyer, the Fitzgerald, suggest to observers some kind […]

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    6 Things About the ‘Darknet’ All Businesses Should KnowData Security, Technology

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    Preparation, execution and monetization of any high-profile data breach that comes to mind requires multiple transactions between several tiers of co-conspirators. That collaboration takes place on the Darknet. Yet despite its ominous handle, the Darknet isn’t as mysterious as you might think. In fact, some security experts say it can be an effective form of defense for a corporation to assign an IT staffer to maintain a presence there. I will come back to that in moment. First, here’s what […]

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    Security of Medical Devices Needs Intensive CareTechnology

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    Medical devices, such as such as pacemakers, insulin pumps and defibrillators, could become lethal in the hands of a hacker tampering with them remotely.  A new study that shows medical devices—and patients—are vulnerable to cyber attacks is a wake-up call for manufacturers, according to a Silicon Valley software company that sponsored the study. “Device manufacturers must change their culture and look at security as an equal to patient safety,” says Chris Clark, principal security engineer of strategic initiatives for Mountain […]

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