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  • How Your Job Search Could Threaten Your Identity

    Personal Finance 

    You finally landed a great job. Whether you were a new graduate, or among the long-term unemployed or under-employed, you put yourself out there and made it happen. But let’s say that you flipped a few stones on the job market that were best left unturned, and you got scammed somewhere along the way. It’s not an uncommon tale. Think of it this way: A scammer’s job is more difficult these days with so many […]

  • iOS 8 Wants to Get to Know You Better

    Column Data Security Blog 

    My phone is at rest on my desk, charging. I’ve enabled the new “Hey Siri” feature, which was part of the iOS 8 update. Now, the famous concierge feature that offers the world at the touch of a button is always-already on, listening (as long as it is plugged in). Somehow I’m feeling a bit less safe. “Hey Siri,” I say, and my phone blinks awake. “You’re creeping me out.” “After all I’ve done for […]

  • Privacy and security

    Is It Time for a Data Breach Disclosure Box?

    Column Blog 

    The breach at Home Depot is only the most recent in a torrent of high-profile data compromises. Data and identity-related crimes are at record levels. Consumers are in uncharted territory, which raises a question: Is it time to do for data breaches and cybersecurity what the nutritional label did for food? I believe we need a Data Breach Disclosure Box, and that it can be a powerful consumer information and education tool. Once a cost […]

  • 6 Ways to Keep Your Roommate from Wrecking Your Credit

    Blog Personal Finance 

    Although roommates can be a great way to split expenses, having the wrong one can impact your financial well-being for years to come. Below are a few simple tips to protect your finances and identity from flaky or ill-intentioned roommates (sadly, when it comes to getting them to wash their own dishes and not eat your food, you’re kind of on your own): 1)      Keep enough in savings to cover the rent: This falls under […]

  • 3 Ways Your Kids Can Get You Hacked

    Personal Finance 

    Last month a story in the Wall Street Journal article sent a shudder down our collective parental spine. Google is planning to open Gmail and YouTube to kids under the age of 13. While the company will restrict this king’s ransom of new clicks to kid-friendly content, hackers could well have a field day. Lest we forget, we’re only as strong as the weakest link in our familial tech village. The trend—whether or not Google […]

  • The Lie That Could Keep You Safe From Hackers

    Column Blog 

    The hack that created millions of morally challenged voyeurs—and, depending upon which celebrity they downloaded, child sex offenders—also provided us with a teachable moment. It exposed the use of security questions in online authentication as a quaint artifact of an antiquated Internet culture. We talk a lot about personally identifiable information (PII) in the data security business, but rarely do people realize exactly what that can include, and how much of that information is readily […]

  • The Home Depot Breach: 3 Quick Ways to Protect Yourself

    Blog Personal Finance 

    Home Depot confirmed yesterday that it was the latest retailer to suffer a major credit and debit card breach. Once again consumers will have to scramble to make sure their money is still in their possession and check that their their credit hasn’t been illegally tapped. What should you do? The short answer at this point: assume the worst. Even if you don’t shop at Home Depot, Target, Sally Beauty, Goodwill, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, or […]

  • 5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

    Personal Finance 

    A not-so funny thing happened to the Internet over Labor Day weekend. It was nearly trampled to death in a digital stampede for nude celebrity photos including pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Rihanna and others. More than 100 celebrities “made” the list. How did the pictures wind up online? The best guess so far is that this was a very target attack on celebrity accounts and not the result […]

  • 4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

    Column Blog 

    You’ve watched enough Tarantino to know you should only bring a knife to a gunfight if you’re Uma Thurman. Bringing a debit card to a bar is like the proverbial knife at a gunfight: a shoot-ready script for getting killed by the bill. Bar = party, but you don’t want to run up debt and wreck your credit, so you make a conscious effort to use a debit card. For most of us, cash and […]

  • Scam Alert

    Can One of These Obsessions Get You Scammed?

    Personal Finance 

    We all have our areas of interest — make that obsession — and when something related to them crops up online, we can be instantly transformed into monster click machines. The problem here: Many of those clicks can either lead to your victimization or becoming an unwitting co-conspirator in cybercrime. To make matters worse, once your computer is infected, it can become a soldier in a zombie army — aiding and abetting a variety of […]

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