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  • protecting personally identifiable information

    Steps for Protecting Your Personally Identifiable Information at Home

    Identity Theft 

    The only reason you have not yet been the victim of an identity-related crime (and that includes credit card fraud) is that no one practiced in the art has had the opportunity to separate you from your available credit, health care, or other bankable soft assets—yet. The figures on data compromises vary, but Risk Based Security estimates that just last year more than 4.2 billion sensitive records were compromised—information that opens the door to all kinds of identity-related […]

  • Is GPS hacking causing U.S. Navy ships to crash?

    Data Security Technology 

    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 […]

  • dark web

    6 Things About the ‘Darknet’ All Businesses Should Know

    Data Security Technology 

    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 […]

  • personal data

    12 Places Your Data May Not Be Safe (And What You Can Do)

    Data Security Identity Theft 

    Data compromises and the identity-related crimes that flow from them are now the third certainty in life, right behind death and taxes. That said, there is plenty you can do to stay as crime-proof as possible. According to Risk Based Security, more than 4.2 billion records were compromised worldwide in 2016 alone. In truth, the total number of compromised records is unknowable. Here’s what you do need to know: it is a near certainty that most, […]

  • Cyber attack

    The Cyber Attacks Are Going to Get Worse, But You Can Beat Them

    Data Security Swiped 

    If you didn’t like WannaCry, you’re really going to hate the sequel. Like the Godfather and Star Wars movie franchises, the second installment of “the world gets its bell rung by ransomware” is way better than the original. In the May WannaCry ransomware attack, users running obsolete versions of Microsoft software were affected in more than 150 countries with a purloined N.S.A.-designed exploit that let hackers encrypt files and demand a fee to restore access to them, paid […]

  • Recent HBO hack could spur better cybersecurity practices

    Data Security 

    Add HBO to the growing list of companies victimized by a serious cybersecurity incident. According to The Associated Press, cyber criminals stole 1.5 terabytes of corporate data, including some HBO shows and sent a ransom video to CEO Richard Plepler in which the hackers demanded a ransom worth millions in bitcoin. As of this writing, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding the HBO attack. “Beyond the already released programming and ‘Game of Thrones’ episode outline, it’s unclear exactly what else the hackers might have,” Grant Rindner […]

  • phone surveillance

    The Hidden Cost of Verizon’s ‘Free’ Rewards Program

    Privacy 

    With the announcement of Verizon Up, a new wireless rewards program that provides users with customer incentives, first-dibs opportunities on things like VIP tickets and other exclusive deals, we thought it was time to review how reward marketing plans work. First, the good news: Verizon Up is free! Like their intrusive cousin the loyalty program, reward-based marketing schemes usually require no additional fees. In essence, Verizon Up is a camouflaged version of what author Seth […]

  • Stolen data

    3 New Ways That Criminals Are Making Money Off Your Stolen Data

    Data Security 

    The treasure trove of stolen personal information which grows exponentially year after year on the Dark Web is attracting cyber criminals like ants to a picnic. Thousands of commercial, government and political entities have cumulatively lost hundreds of millions of personal records to hackers. The targets have been (and continue to be) iconic public and private sector organizations in retail, finance, health care, sports, education, energy, agencies of the state and federal governments, our election system–your friends, family and neighbors. Tip […]

  • Phone wiretapping

    The Apps Your Partner Could Be Using to Spy on You

    Data Security Privacy 

    “These apps are brutal,” Ondrej Krehel told me during a conversation about spyware, or “spouseware” as the software is sometimes called. “It doesn’t matter what ‘intended use’ these app developers claim in their sales pitches. They are increasingly being used by teens to spy on their love interests,” Krehel said. “It’s quite prevalent.” Krehel is CEO and founder of LIFARS, a digital forensics and cybersecurity intelligence firm. He sees spyware as a concern for consumers. […]

  • Identity theft

    How Tragedy & Identity Thieves Kept One Woman From a Near-Perfect Credit Score

    Identity Theft 

    Identity theft can deal serious damage to your finances. And repairing its effects can be stressful and time-consuming, especially when it comes to repairing the damage to your credit. Just ask New Jersey resident, Erin (who asked us not to use her last name, as she was a victim of identity theft). This, plus credit problems arising from her recently deceased parents’ financially accounts, dragged her score down by nearly 50 points, keeping her from the […]

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