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Want to protect your small or midsize business from a breach? Set up a VPN

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As prices come down, virtual private networks (VPNs) are becoming a must-have tool for many small-l and medium-size business owners. The growing popularity is a reflection of the chaotic times in enterprise computing, marked by malware and ransomware targeting vulnerable systems and a decentralized work force of globetrotting employees juggling several gadgets at once. More SMB data is now stored in the cloud, too, often leaving company executives at the mercy of the servers they […]

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    Why Scanning Your Fingerprint Could Cost You Your PrivacyData Security, Privacy, Technology

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    You can’t change your physical traits very easily, so if a hacker steals your biometric data–look out. Scanning a fingerprint or even an eyeball to authenticate your identity is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Biometric identification has been in practical use for a while now, and the technology gets more sophisticated every day. It should come as no surprise that security and privacy concerns have arisen along the way. And now the legal ramifications are rapidly getting more complicated. […]

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    The Common Scams People Still Fall for All the TimeConsumer Protection

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    The top site for classified ads in the U.K. conducted a study recently that should send a wave or two to this side of the Atlantic. When it comes to scams, it’s all about the bait. Gumtree found that even with the forethought that a listing was a scam, more than a third of their users would still go ahead with a transaction. As my mother would say … Actually, she’d probably just shake her […]

  • WannaCry

    White House, businesses hit snooze button after Petya, WannaCry wake-up callsData Security, Technology

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    WannaCry was a wake-up call. Petya is a wake-up call. Last I checked, wake-up calls were meant to bring about change. After WannaCry, we saw a massive surge in patching around the globe, not to mention a 22-year-old “accidental hero” in the U.K. who helped halt the malicious software. It’s proof that beating the drum continuously to public and corporate institutions about serious cyber defense tactics doesn’t seem to do the trick, and once again […]

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    How to Avoid the Latest Airbnb ScamConsumer Protection, Technology

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    A friend of mine showed up last night at a place we sometimes meet. He looked like Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale after lobbing a game-ending home run to Aaron Judge of the Yankees. He was supposed to have been on a plane to Italy. I asked him what happened. “We were all set to head out,” he said. “First leg: Rome. But I just canceled our tickets, like, a second ago.” I asked why. “Airbnb […]

  • Election hacking

    What We Learned Last Week about the Presidential ElectionPolitics

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    The NSA leak about Russian efforts to hack the 2016 presidential election and the testimony of former FBI director James Comey last week revealed something that could become an extinction-level problem for the Trump administration. First, in his public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey stated what we already knew to be true. Russia tried to influence American politics, specifically the outcome of a presidential race. That he was not forthcoming with the […]

  • Fake News

    ‘Fake news’ economy is a gold mine for truth hackers, propagandistsTechnology

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    Fake news is the new computer virus. That’s the conclusion I came to when reading a remarkable new report from computer security firm Trend Micro. If you doubt the massive efforts of underground “hackers” to influence you—and the massive cash they can make doing so—flip through the pages of this report. A few years ago, it could have been written about the spam, computer virus or click fraud economies. Today, “news” has been weaponized, both for […]

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    5 Scary Wedding Scams to Avoid This SeasonLifehacking, Consumer Protection

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    Weddings require many important decisions and the wrong call can mean the difference between an unforgettable wonderful day and a day that makes you angry every time you think about it. The often unreasonably high expectations of families and friends and at least one spouse-to-be only makes matters more fraught. With such a high level of stress, it’s only a matter of luck that mistakes don’t get made. Scam artists are counting on that. There […]

  • Children's online safety

    Now’s the Time to Talk Online Security With Your ChildrenData Security, Technology

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    Summer’s here and the time is right for getting hacked or worse, having the contents of your computer held hostage by ransomware. For a couple of carefree and extreme data-consuming months, kids everywhere will be doing whatever they want online even if you’ve tried to control them. In other words, be very afraid. Only you know if it is time to have “the talk” with your child about online security. But before you sheepishly clear […]

  • Cybersecurity experts cringe as Trump hands out his cell phone numberData Security, Politics

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    The internet stirred earlier this week about the meaning of the word “Covfefe”—generated, one could guess, when the president fell asleep mid-tweet, phone in hand. But a more important Trump cell phone issue got far less attention. The Associated Press reported that Trump is giving out his cell phone number to world leaders so they can call him directly. Not only is this highly unusual, it creates plenty of security risks—not to mention public records issues. Earlier, […]

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