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  • It Took Just One Email to Compromise the Leaders of the Free WorldColumn, Blog

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    Whether an autofill mishap or a “What in the name of God were you thinking?” move, somebody’s shrimp is on the barbie at Australia’s immigration department after an officer there emailed President Obama’s passport number and other personal information to an organizer at the Asian Cup football tournament. And before you think otherwise: Yeah, it matters. An Australian freedom of information request recently revealed that the personally identifiable information (PII) of many of the world […]

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    White House Privacy Bill Faces Long Road AheadGovernment, Privacy

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    The recently released White House Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights discussion draft may give consumers better protections than currently available in the United States. But it has too many loopholes and weak enforcement, privacy experts say. And even the Federal Trade Commission — which ultimately would enforce the legislation — has criticized the draft. A fact sheet released by the White House acknowledges the need for strong consumer information protection, as more and more data […]

  • How This Federal Data Breach Law Could Actually Hurt ConsumersColumn, Data Security, Blog

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    With each passing brand name mega-breach—Home Depot, Target, JPMorgan Chase, Anthem—it becomes ever more urgent for government and industry to get on the same page about how to protect consumers. Sadly, not all laws are created equal, and there are few better examples of this homespun truth than a would-be federal law currently wending its way through Congress. And not to put too fine a point on it, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act […]

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    BSA Offers Up to $1 Million to Bust Software PiratesTechnology

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    When you were a kid, you may have heard that nobody likes a tattletale. That isn’t true. BSA The Software Alliance loves tattletales. If you report software piracy to BSA and your information directly results in a legal settlement between the alliance and the offending party, you can get a significant cut of that settlement. BSA advocates for the software industry, and some of its members include tech giants like Adobe, Apple and Microsoft. It […]

  • The New Grave Robbers: Identity ThievesColumn, Blog

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    Take your driver’s license out of your wallet. Flip it over. Now look carefully at the back of it. There’s no box to check for “Identity Donor.” Yet when it comes to identity-related crimes, one of the greatest times of vulnerability is immediately after you die. You can do everything right. You can use long and strong passwords and account-unique user names. You can check your financial accounts and monitor your credit on a regular […]

  • 5 Myths About Women & MoneyFinancial Literacy

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    With only 23% of Certified Financial Planners being women, you might think the fairer sex isn’t all that interested in money matters. You’d be wrong. The idea that women either aren’t interested in or capable of managing money is a myth that seems to bubble under the surface of our consciousness. The politically correct don’t want to say it out loud, but it’s there. It’s a bit like when Barbie blurted out that math class is tough! […]

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    Healthcare, banking companies issue easily spoofed emailsData Security, health care

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    Emails purportedly sent by health insurance companies and large banks are more likely to be fraudulent than those claiming to be from social media companies, a new research study reveals. An email that appears to come from a health insurance company is four times more likely to be fraudulent—or two times more likely from a large U.S. bank—than an email ostensibly from a social media company like Facebook, according to Agari’s 2015 study. Agari, which […]

  • Do Genetics Influence Your Credit Score?Financial Literacy, credit

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    There is the standard list of factors that influence your credit score: payment history, outstanding balances, the types of credit that you use and so on. But what you probably don’t realize is that your genes may also play an important role. Yes, your biological wiring might make you more likely to be more risk-seeking and take on more debt, which could lead to a lower FICO score. I came across this intriguing discovery while […]

  • (Video) Clinton: There was no classified info in my e-mailsData Security, Government, Video, Technology

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    Adam Levin spoke with Liz Claman on Countdown to the Closing Bell on Fox Business about the security issues surrounding Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ‘homebrew’ e-mail server. Levin voiced his concerns: “Was it privacy? Was it security?… I always get scared when convenience trumps security.” Click the video above to see the full interview.

  • Should the Secret Service Protect Candidates Online?Column, Data Security, Government

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    The Democratic and Republican gristmills got to work last week on Hillary Clinton’s “homebrew” email, and the ensuing firestorm underscored an alarming lack of cyber-savvy among the leading players of the 2016 election. It also raised a serious question: Should the Secret Service protect presidential candidates against cyber attack? News of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email service, @clintonemail.com, hosted from her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., spread fast last week. The State Department commented […]

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