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  • Privacy Tips While Using Mobile Devices on the Go #3Data Security, Cybersecurity, Blog, Privacy, Technology

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    Your mobile devices – including smartphones, laptops and tablets ‒ are always within reach everywhere you go, whether for work, travel or entertainment. These devices make it easy to connect to the world around you, but they can also expose a lot of info about you and your friends and family, like your contacts, photos, videos, location and health and financial data to the bad guys.  It’s important to stay cyber safe when using your […]

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    Could What Your Amazon Alexa Overhears Be Used Against You?Privacy

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    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 […]

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    Do Some Toys Threaten Your Child’s Privacy?Privacy

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    Is Santa spying on your kids? A set of consumer groups think so and are petitioning the Federal Trade Commission to step in on Tuesday. In a broader report accompanying the complaint, consumer groups are warning that a coming “Internet of Toys” could have long-term implications for child safety. “Product safety is no longer just about a small toy that you are afraid your kid will choke on,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the […]

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    What the Recent Yahoo Hack Really Means for YouPrivacy, Technology

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    There has been a lot of talk about Yahoo being “the anti-Apple” when it comes to consumer privacy following last week’s news about a government order granting access to Yahoo Mail. Regardless of what happened there — and it is far from clear — recent reports underscore the need for more consumer awareness about best privacy practices. What’s Going Around It’s definitely been a bad news month for Yahoo starting with the revelation, on September […]

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    Companies say they won’t share your personal data … but then they doPrivacy

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    Buyer beware: Loopholes allow customers’ email, other info to be sold or shared Another day, another reminder that companies don’t really have to abide by promises to not share your personal information. They have a big “but” in their contracts. WhatsApp and Facebook have made this clear. We’ll get to that in a moment. Most recently, millions of Sports Authority customers began receiving notices that their email addresses and other data were about to be […]

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    4 Signs Your Boss Is Spying on YouPrivacy

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    Chances are, your boss is keeping an eye on you. In fact, the American Management Association (AMA) reports that 43% of companies actively monitor employee emails and roughly the same number track the time you spend on the phone and who you call (16% go so far as to record those calls). Nearly half of companies say they use video to reduce theft and workplace sabotage. Workplace monitoring is nothing new, of course. Bosses have probably been […]

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    8 Ways to Protect Your Privacy OnlineData Security, Privacy

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    The only sure thing in the world of information security is that there is no such thing as a failsafe solution. It’s crucial not only to keep abreast of the latest threats out there, but to also act as though the mission is to find your way to safety from the middle of a lawless demilitarized zone that’s lousy with enemy snipers. Sound extreme? Remember that Cold War classic “A Few Good Men” when Colonel […]

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    Privacy vs. Security: Where Should We Draw the Encrypted Line in the Sand?Data Security, Privacy

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    The recent Game of Phones between the FBI and Apple underscored an area in our jurisprudence that is screaming for more clarity. If there is a tipping point when the protection of consumer privacy should yield to the needs of a criminal investigation, where is it? Few will dispute the obvious cases where the Constitutional rights of a citizen are disrupted by a judge who knows (or at least has access to) the legal precedents […]

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on CybersecurityData Security, Privacy, Technology

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    In the 2016 presidential race, Cybersecurity has clearly taken a backseat to issues like terrorism, healthcare, and campaign finance. In a 12-month period that has seen the biggest government hack ever (the OPM data breach), a 47 percent increase in identity theft, and a proposed $19 billion security cybersecurity initiative, it’s crucial to know where the candidates stand on issues of security, privacy, and technology. Check out the infographic below to see where the candidates stand: […]

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    How Much Credit Monitoring Are You Entitled to After a Data Breach?Data Security, Privacy, Identity Theft

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    Given all of the big-name data breaches that have occurred during the past few years, there’s a good chance your personal or payment information has been compromised. There’s also a chance you’ve been offered some type of identity protection, usually in the form of free credit monitoring, by the company that suffered the breach. But how much (and what type of) protection are they legally required to provide? Well, chances are, the answer is zero. The […]

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