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  • Data Breach

    Without better security, massive Yahoo hack could be the new normData Security, Technology

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    Stronger authentication, less dependence on passwords needed to thwart wide-scale data breaches It’s not the big one, but it’s close. Yahoo confirmed long-suspected reports that a hacker had accessed millions of customer passwords. The number, however, is a bit shocking even to a reporter who’s been writing this same story for the past 10 years. Five hundred million. For many years, I’ve prepared myself to report on a very, very large-scale data compromise that would […]

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    Afraid of Catfishing? A New Tool Is Trying to Make the Internet SaferData Security, Identity Theft

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    Anyone who’s read oddly positive online reviews or happened on Twitter users with suspiciously large followings knows that the Internet is full of fakes. Bogus followers or fake reviews aren’t just annoying — they call into question the very notion of crowdsourcing, one of the Internet’s most valuable tools. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are hard at work developing automated tools to separate fake from real, attempting to restore the credibility of the wisdom of […]

  • Scam Alert

    Watch Out for This Scam if You Follow Banks on InstagramData Security, Banking

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    There are lots of good reasons to follow companies on social media — to gain insight into the brand’s priorities, learn about deals, seek inspiration, get behind-the-scenes looks, berate them for bad customer service, and so on. But who you follow on social media isn’t always private, and there are people out there who will use who you follow to try and steal your money. A new report from ZeroFOX, a security technology company, suggests […]

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    5 Ways Your Kids Can Get You HackedColumn, Data Security, Personal Finance

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    For adults, home is a refuge, but for children it is a never-ending treasure hunt. While you’re out — you know, paying for the place — it’s a safe bet your kids are getting into your stuff, and when it comes to things digital, that can be a serious problem. As a seasoned parent, you’ve had that shock a thousand times, looking up from your phone, tablet or computer to the sight of a child […]

  • ransomware

    Tips to avoid becoming a victim of ransomwareData Security, Technology

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    Ransomware is becoming one of the most profitable areas of cyber crime. In the past, cyber criminals would steal data, and then re-sell it. With ransomware, they block access to an individual or organization’s data by encrypting it, then selling the data’s owner a decryption key to regain access. And with the rise of hard-to-trace currency, such as bitcoin, there is less chance of getting caught. Organizations will pay for fear that they’ll lose their […]

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    5 Cyber-Security Myths We Need to DitchData Security, Technology

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    Pick a subject, any subject, and there are myths and pure nonsense that someone will buy into. Birds will die if they eat the uncooked rice flung at newlyweds. (Nope) If you eat Mentos and drink Diet Coke simultaneously your stomach will explode. (Hardly) You only have one credit score. (Wrong) Napoleon was short. (At 5’ 6”, his height was average in his day). “President Obama was the founder of ISIS.” (Oh, come on Donald!) […]

  • The talk

    Gone Phishing? How to Talk to Your Kids About MalwareData Security, Technology

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    Picture this: The car is full. You’re navigating by the side mirrors while doing a mental inventory of everything you packed and wondering if you are going to make it to the realtor’s office in time to pick up the keys for your vacation rental. You have absolutely no idea what the kids are doing in the back seat. Now forget the massive distraction of that summer road trip and consider the bigger picture. It […]

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    5 Ways Hackers Could Influence the ElectionData Security, Technology

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    When Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said he hoped the Russian government had found Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing emails, he wasn’t just taking a swipe at his opponent. He highlighted a very real and present danger to our democracy. While social media users were atwitter about whether or not The Donald had committed treason—for the record, he didn’t—I don’t know if his quasi-seditious braggadocio reveals anything about his loyalty to the country he hopes […]

  • iPhone Privacy

    Threat of Ransomware Growing for Mobile PhonesData Security, Technology

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    There’s been a scary increase in successful ransomware attacks against large organizations this year. Specifically, hospitals have found themselves at the mercy of hackers who demand ransom payments to unlock critical system files. Recently, there have been signs that these criminals have moved on to universities, too. The University of Calgary admitted to Canadian media last month that it paid a $20,000 ransom “to address system issues.” But individuals have something new to worry about. […]

  • Password

    The Lesson Mark Zuckerberg Just Taught Everyone About Reusing PasswordsData Security, Technology

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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently didn’t read the warning about using different passwords to protect online accounts. Sources told The Wall Street Journal that Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked over the weekend. Per the paper, Zuckerberg utilized the same password — “dadada” — to protect each account. That password had appeared last month in a database of more than 100 million usernames and passwords that was stolen from LinkedIn back in 2012, it said. Screenshots […]

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