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    Ebola Spammers are Spreading Malware

    Data Security Blog Technology 

    Ebola is a scary disease. Its spread in sub-Saharan Africa has captured the world’s attention as the death toll approaches 5,000, and President Obama appointed an official “Ebola Czar.” Talking heads and media outlets in the United States have even started talking about a travel ban on countries from the West African outbreak zone. In the midst of such widespread worry, hackers have seized upon the opportunity to find new ways to break into the […]

  • A Free Retina Scan with Your Next Purchase?

    Column Data Security Blog 

    Increasingly, legions of sophisticated hackers are infiltrating the most state-of-the-art data security strategies out there. The recent data compromises at Kmart and JPMorgan are in no way similar, except they share a common enemy. And while free retina scanners are probably a stretch, biometrics – the use of your biological data like fingerprints — may well be the next “less hackable” thing. During what will doubtless be a relatively brief window of opportunity before biometrics […]

  • The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

    Column Data Security Blog 

    The olive branch after the deluge of news about the JPMorgan data breach that exposed the personally identifiable information of 83 million customers was that no bank account information, or more sensitive personal information like Social Security numbers, had been compromised. What got lost in that torrent of stories was the fact that the information that did get exposed could unleash the mother of all phishing attacks. All signs point to phishing. The hackers wormed […]

  • Hacker

    The JP Morgan Breach: How to Protect Yourself

    Personal Finance 

    JP  Morgan’s recent disclosure that their data breach this summer compromised more than 76 million personal and small business accounts has sent customers and bankers alike scrambling to ensure that their data, identities, and financial well-being aren’t at risk. Although the banking giant has assured customers that they won’t be responsible for fraudulent charges and committed to spending $250 million toward (belatedly) enhancing their cyber security measures, a hack attack of this magnitude poses an even greater threat than the […]

  • 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 […]