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August 16, 2017
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A California mom is suing Disney and some of its software partners for allegedly collecting personal information about her kids through mobile phone game apps.

This case hinges on a novel legal argument that I’m going to watch with great interest; an “Intrusion Upon Seclusion” claim that I hadn’t seen before in this kind of case. If the mom—and potentially others, if class-action status is granted—succeeds at winning such a ...

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August 10, 2017
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With the announcement of Verizon Up, a new wireless rewards program that provides users with customer incentives, first-dibs opportunities on things like VIP tickets and other exclusive deals, we thought it was time to review how reward marketing plans work.

First, the good news: Verizon Up is free!

Like their intrusive cousin the loyalty program, reward-based marketing schemes usually...

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August 4, 2017
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“These apps are brutal,” Ondrej Krehel told me during a conversation about spyware, or “spouseware” as the software is sometimes called.

“It doesn’t matter what ‘intended use’ these app developers claim in their sales pitches. They are increasingly being used by teens to spy on their love interests,” Krehel said. “It’s quite prevalent.”

Krehel is CEO and founder of LIFARS, a digital forensics...

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July 28, 2017
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Another summer is ready to come to a close, but there’s still time to squeeze in one last vacation before fall.

Here are some important travel tips that you can use at any time of year to keep your identity safe from scammers and thieves.

Plan with caution – A travel scam can start the minute you begin planning for a trip. Browsing online for airfare or accommodations can lead you to dishonest sites. Some... Read More
July 27, 2017
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When Apple announced a serious hardware flaw last week, and the critical security patch that addressed it, my first thought was perhaps arbitrary: “That exploit would work at the gym.” My next thought: what else would?

The discovery of a zero-day exploit affecting hardware—specifically a WiFi chip embedded in the main processors of Apple...

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July 23, 2017
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No matter how many criminal complaints you read, the expression “JV” always sends chills down your spine. But this line, from a complaint filed April 27 in a California federal court, stands out.

“Petersen stated that he recently received via email from JV#1 a video of JV#1’s younger brother…masturbating in a bathroom. Petersen stated that JV#1 told Petersen he had recorded JV#2 without (his) knowledge. Petersen believes JV#2...

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July 16, 2017
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Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Wildfires. Mother Nature’s extraordinary powers of destruction leave survivors struggling to put their lives back together.

Many survivors are under tremendous stress and more vulnerable to fraud. Criminals know it. After a natural disaster strikes, there often is an uptick in disaster fraud, charitable solicitations fraud, price gouging and contractor and vendor fraud, according to...

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July 15, 2017
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True or False: The time for IRS-related swindles and scams is behind us — until next tax season. If you’re still reading this, you probably guessed “false.” And yep, it’s sad but true: Those pesky swindlers are still at it.

Normally, when summer arrives with its parade of warm days and fewer demands on our attention, there is a quiet month or so when very little happens in the way of IRS-related activities (quarterly payments being the only thing you might expect on a list of tax-...

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July 15, 2017
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Parenting a tween, teenager or older? Having a talk about cyber security should be near the top of your to-do list. The old advice of keeping the family computer in the living room to monitor your kids’ internet activity is pointless in the age of everywhere-you-go mobile devices.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep your child safe and help them make good digital decisions down the road. The lessons you impart now can protect...

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July 14, 2017
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Pet ownership has definite upsides. You get companionship and exercise and the satisfaction of doing a good deed. Plus, people who own pets live longer. Unfortunately, pet ownership can also make you a target for phishers, scammers and identity thieves.

The Vector du Jour

With 65% of U.S. households including pets (and an estimated $60 billion in ...

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