2015

December 31, 2015
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It’s high time we (as in all of us – business, government and consumers) stop making it so easy for scammers, phishers and identity thieves. The best intentions can’t really stop these guys, but adopting a best-practices approach to data security can make your online world more secure. Here are some of the things you can do to help...

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December 31, 2015
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When it comes to personal data security, there’s no such thing as waiting ’til next year. That’s why the time is now to make resolutions about safeguarding your identity for 2016.

Here are five simple steps you can take even while viewing this article on your device:

1.    Set strong, unique passwords. One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from...

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December 30, 2015
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By Geoff Webb

Consumers should expect a Gold Rush with respect to the Internet of Things in 2016. Google, Amazon, Microsoft and others are seeking to become the dominant hub of IoT devices and services—the single point of connection for consumers to tie into IoT in their homes.

The company that emerges as the predominant choice of consumers will bear a great deal of the responsibility for...

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December 30, 2015
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Adam Levin’s new book, Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves, derives from a long-standing passion to educate individuals and companies on personal finance, identity management and privacy issues.

ThirdCertainty recently asked the former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and current chairman and founder of...

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December 29, 2015
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Every year at about this time, technology reporters typically recount the big computer crimes from the past 12 months and proclaim “The Year of the Hacker” or some such moniker. This year, it fits.

Two years ago, the Target hack ushered in a new era of credit card theft awareness and ultimately helped inspire a big change in the way Americans use plastic. But as we all know,...

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December 14, 2015
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This is the time of year scammers ramp up their efforts to steal your donated goods, your money, and even your identity. They’re counting on your generosity and your overly busy schedule to keep you from digging too deeply into their conduct.

Here are three top scams to watch for:

Homeless veterans scam. Public concern over the plight of many of our U.S. veterans is at an all-time high, and thieves know... Read More
December 1, 2015
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If you have an account on Facebook, you may have noticed posts featuring a nicely designed cloud comprised of the words that your Facebook friends use most often. It’s powered by an app from a company called Vonvon, and it’s been getting a lot of attention this week from consumer privacy experts.

The reason this app has privacy hawks screeching is simple. It grabs an enormous amount of personally identifiable information and private details about Facebook users for way too little in...

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November 24, 2015
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By Edward Iwata

Some 4,500 U.S. companies are under pressure to figure out how Europe’s stunning Safe Harbor privacy ruling could disrupt their business models in 2016.

Those now in scramble mode range from Google, Apple and Amazon to hundreds of small- and mid-size companies that rely on selling advertising and supplying online services to European clientele.

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November 21, 2015
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In 2015, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be purchased, an increase of 60% over the previous year. There will be 10 billion IoT devices connected to the Internet this year.

A couple of years ago, a survey found that three out of four Americans had no clue that there was such an animal as the ...

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November 19, 2015
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With 2015 about to go down as the year of the massive data breach, 2016 could emerge as the year cyber criminals turn their attention to exploiting myriad alternative paths to steal sensitive data.

Meanwhile, companies and individuals must guard against becoming complacent. That’s the consensus of a group of security and privacy thought leaders interviewed by ThirdCertainty.

The year is not...

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