Digital Privacy

December 8, 2017
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The time to integrate added security into our country’s personal identification system is upon us.

The Equifax data breach released into the wild 144 million unique U.S. Social Security numbers. Future verifications used to prove identity to a prospective employer, creditor or educational institution should combine biometric...

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December 7, 2017
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The Supreme Court is hearing a case this month, Carpenter v. the United States, that represents an opportunity for the country to move in the right direction on privacy. It’s only fitting that a conviction for a series of armed robberies involving the theft of smartphones may determine the way investigators and prosecutors can use cellphone data in the future.

Timothy Ivory Carpenter was convicted of planning, supplying guns...

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November 27, 2017
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Keeping up with news alerts about cybersecurity flaws in consumer electronics is a lot like picking up spilled jelly beans one at a time with a plumber’s wrench. Even if you figure out how to do it and have endless patience, a few will skitter out of sight.

Assume for the moment that, unlike most people, you think a lot about cybersecurity and you do your homework before buying a connected device. (I know. This is a truly...

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November 17, 2017
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How would you feel if the digital “you” were deleted? The common wisdom in cybersecurity circles is that if you think it can’t happen to you, it probably will. Consider Mat Honan’s story.

“First my Google account was taken over, then deleted,” Honan wrote. “Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to...

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November 17, 2017
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The holiday season is an enormous economic event, so much so that the National Retail Federation estimates that holiday shopping represents as much as 30 percent of a retailer’s annual sales. But as a consumer, increased spending can leave you more vulnerable to theft and fraud.

However, there are steps you can take to guard against theft. Here are seven...

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November 16, 2017
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In the ’80s, many of us couldn’t imagine the day when computers would be so commonplace we’d wear them on our wrists, carry them in our pockets and even use them in our cars and major appliances.

It was a different time, but even then, security needed to be a top priority. And in 1988, computer security professionals celebrated the first Computer Security Day.

Now, almost 30 years later, Nov...

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November 13, 2017
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A recent Google study found that phishing exploits are far more likely to be the cause of account takeovers than the information compromised by data breach or malware.

The study, “Data Breaches, Phishing, or Malware? Understanding the Risks of Stolen Credentials...

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November 13, 2017
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Eat healthy. Exercise more. Spend more time with friends and family.

We all have the best intentions when we kick off a new year. But we often forget to tend to another aspect of our identities—safeguarding our personal information from identity thieves.

Resolve to protect your identity with these five tips:

1. Shred it. Buy a quality...

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November 10, 2017
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If a shady looking character told you to give him pictures of yourself naked, would you? How about a video? What if he told you that it was for your own good? Even if you have less sense than one of the rocks in Kim Jong-un’s head, you wouldn’t do it.

Now what if Facebook asked you for nudes? According to The Verge, the social media...

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November 3, 2017
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Did members of the royal family go under the knife at an upscale London plastic surgery clinic? A recent hack at London Bridge Plastic Surgery may reveal the answer to that—and many other questions you never thought to ask.

Setting aside the obvious follow-up questions (Do you care? Is it any of your...

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