Digital Privacy

April 17, 2018
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Who is Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica is a voter profiling consulting firm that used data mining and psychographic targeting for political campaigns, most notably for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.  Cambridge Analytica is in the hot seat for harvesting data from a personality quiz, where the personal data of 87 million users was mined and deployed without their consent.

What kind of information was collected and...

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April 2, 2018
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Net Neutrality is dead and the Internet is increasingly a playground for data mining schemes, social networks, and identity thieves. The possibility of true online privacy has never seemed more remote.

The use of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) has long been viewed as a silver bullet. Historically, VPNs have been used by dissidents trying to avoid persecution from governments, hackers wishing to cover their tracks, and mainstream consumers looking for ways to...

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March 30, 2018
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A recent Reuters article by Tom Bergin takes a look at what data mining companies may or may not know about particular individuals in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica story. Bergin uses his own data in an intensely un-scientific, yet interesting investigation.

First of all, Bergin is not from the U.S. As a citizen of the European Union, he enjoys certain...

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February 2, 2018
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It was just one year ago that we changed our company name to reaffirm our mission to watch over clients in a dangerous world of pervasive cyber threats.

Now, we're excited to be recognized for efforts.

The latest issue of NAMIC's [IN]surance magazine is dedicated to the importance of branding and upholding brand...

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January 25, 2018
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Dave Eargle doesn’t have to imagine what it would be like to get an extortion letter in the mail, because he got one. “I know you cheated on your wife,” the correspondent wrote. “More importantly, I have evidence of the infidelity.”

The scam artist behind the letter claimed to have discovered the alleged cheating accidentally, “while working a job.” Then he (or she) admits to putting in more time than s/he “probably should have...

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January 19, 2018
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Let’s face it, even without the threat of fraud and scams, Valentine’s Day can be treacherous. Choose the wrong gift or a bouquet of least-favorite flowers, write the wrong note, and whatever was slightly wrong in your love life can go completely haywire.

St. Valentine wore an amethyst ring while he cut hearts (from paper) to send to good soldiers and persecuted Christians. Today, amethyst is the birthstone for the month of...

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January 12, 2018
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The 2017 filing season could be the worst yet for tax-related crime. With widespread confusion about the new tax law, IRS budget cuts, and a record-breaking year for data compromises, there’s an opening for fraud that should be serious cause for alarm, but doesn’t seem to be.

The bottom line: You should be concerned.

Last tax year, ...

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January 2, 2018
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While there are a thousand resolution-worthy action items out there, the time is always now for the things that need to change in our lives. Never were truer words spoken when it comes to our potential vulnerability to hackers.

The number of breaches and the granular nature of the data exposed in those attacks over the past year are both unprecedented. The Equifax breach alone included...

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December 18, 2017
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The year is nearly over. It’s time to sing Auld Lang Syne, do self-reflection and declare your New Year’s resolutions.

Many attempts to become a better you, however, can jeopardize your identity. Follow these tips to protect your information:

Get in shape. Ready to hit the gym and search for your elusive six-pack abs? When you apply for membership, be cautious about how much personal information you give. If you are required to provide a social security number...

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December 11, 2017
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As consumers step up their online shopping leading up to the holidays, it’s a prime time of the year for identity theft. While you are busy snagging hot deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thieves are phishing for your information.

Don’t let an identity thief take the jingle out of your holiday. Follow these 12 tips to keep your financial information secure during the holiday season.

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