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  • Privacy

    Could What Your Amazon Alexa Overhears Be Used Against You?

    Privacy 

    Have you seen the Geico ad with the talking parrot? A 19th-century ship is boarded, the captain surrounded by pirates. The leader shouts, “Let’s feed him to the sharks,” (pirate cheers and swords held high) “and take all his gold” (more cheers). The parrot repeats these lines, and adds, “and hide it from the crew. They’re all morons anyway.” The voiceover at the end of the Geico ad explains, “If you’re a parrot, you repeat […]

  • tax scam

    How to Scam-Proof Your Taxes

    Swiped Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    This may not be what you want to hear this week, but it is entirely possible the Internal Revenue Service already has your tax return for 2016. If this is news to you, and it turns out to be true in your case, you’ve been scammed. As a result, your refund could be sent to an identity thief in a few weeks, and it’s unlikely anything can stop that from happening. Unfortunately, tax refund fraud is a […]

  • Unaffordable cities

    20 Cities That Are Quickly Becoming Unaffordable

    Financial Literacy Money 

    America’s housing market continued its staggering post-recession rise in 2016, as many regions surpassed their pre-recession-bubble highs. With interest rates finally rising, might some of those places be primed for a fall…or at least a pause? The list of U.S. areas that could be hurt most by rising mortgage costs is not your typical list of overheated housing markets, as some fast-growing, but still modestly-priced Midwestern towns could feel the pain first. Rising home values […]

  • smartphone security

    Why Your Smartphone Is a Massive Threat to Your Company’s Security

    Data Security Cybersecurity 

    Information security is hard. Complete security is not just virtually implausible–it is pretty close to impossible. Enter BYOD–Bring Your Own Device–and the almost, practically, nearly impossible becomes whatever is worse than that. The rattle bag of devices–smartphones, tablets and personal computers–people bring to work and use to access the network and an organization’s sensitive data almost guarantee trouble. With so many ways to get “got,” BYOD makes keeping the bad guys out an absurd proposition. […]

  • donation scam

    5 Ways to Scam-Proof Your Charitable Giving

    Consumer Protection Blog 

    The holiday season is a time for giving, but it is also a time to get ready to pay your taxes, and for those who are fortunate enough to have more than they need, it is time for some end-of-year charitable giving. Even if you don’t have a big surplus budget, you may want to balance out the holiday “gets” with some giving. The glut of holiday gifts, food and accessorized jollity make it unavoidable, […]

  • internet

    What You Should Know About a Massive Exposure in the Plumbing of the Internet

    Data Security Cybersecurity 

    When a young Finnish programmer named Tatu Ylönen conjured up the Secure Shell (SSH) coding protocol in 1995, he had no inkling of the pivotal role his creation would play in the rapid evolution of network-centric commerce. And Ylönen certainly never imagined that one day he would be consumed with spreading awareness about a darker aspect of SSH: his protocol – or, more precisely, how SSH has come to be used as part of the […]

  • Scam #1 Amazon Email Scam

    Swiped 

    The holiday season is the prime time for fraudsters looking to take advantage of distracted, frenzied shoppers. Consumers are worried about protecting their data because of the spike in hack attacks, phishing schemes and scams. Despite the festivities and spirit of giving, it is becoming more difficult for consumers to avoid the bad guys in a dangerous digital world. Don’t let Cyber Grinches steal your cash and holiday cheer. To keep you cyber safe for […]

  • Scam #2 Gift Card Fraud

    Swiped 

    The holiday season is the prime time for fraudsters looking to take advantage of distracted, frenzied shoppers. Consumers are worried about protecting their data because of the spike in hack attacks, phishing schemes and scams. Despite the festivities and spirit of giving, it is becoming more difficult for consumers to avoid the bad guys in a dangerous digital world. Don’t let Cyber Grinches steal your cash and holiday cheer. To keep you cyber safe for […]

  • data breach

    3 Things to Consider After the Latest Yahoo Breach

    Data Security Technology 

    No payment card or banking information was compromised in the latest 1 billion-user breach at Yahoo, according to expert reports. But what if there had been? The truth is that for most users it would be annoying, but not the end of the world. So, why is this big news? First of all, Yahoo can now claim two of the biggest security breaches in history. It is noteworthy that such a distinction should be attributable […]

  • Scam #3 Fake Shopping Apps

    Swiped 

    The holiday season is the prime time for fraudsters looking to take advantage of distracted, frenzied shoppers. Consumers are worried about protecting their data because of the spike in hack attacks, phishing schemes and scams. Despite the festivities and spirit of giving, it is becoming more difficult for consumers to avoid the bad guys in a dangerous digital world. Don’t let Cyber Grinches steal your cash and holiday cheer. To keep you cyber safe for […]

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