Digital Privacy

November 3, 2017
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In the wake of the Equifax breach, many consumers are still unprepared for fraud and searching for identity theft protection—a challenging endeavor considering the many options available.

To meet demand, CyberScout has created CyberScout HQ, an online...

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October 30, 2017
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The odds you don’t know already know about Apple’s latest attempt at market domination — the iPhone X — are about even with the possibility that President Trump will stop using hand gestures when explaining something. That said, it is quite possible that you have not yet heard why the iPhone X should worry you.

“In its continuing war on inconvenience,” Andy Greenberg of ...

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October 27, 2017
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When you suspect you’re a victim of identity theft, the CyberScout Resolution Center is there to help restore your good name and credit.

But did you know that our experts also can help you take critical measures to protect your identity—and your family’s—before identity theft and related fraud strikes?

Certain situations and behaviors can put you at greater risk of cyber crime. Losing a...

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October 26, 2017
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Modern internet banking mobile apps cover a range of services. With your smartphone, you can open an account, secure a loan, buy securities and get many other services that previously required an in-person transaction.

There are still some hidden dangers behind these conveniences. It’s easier now to lose all the money in your bank account—and much more difficult to get it back. Banks need solid proof of noninvolvement.

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October 19, 2017
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The quantity of things that Americans leave at TSA checkpoints is staggering.

Last year alone, the TSA collected nearly $1 million worth of coins and bills forgotten by travelers at security checkpoints. At the Los Angeles International Airport in a singlemonth in 2015, the TSA found 154 laptops, 98 cell phones, 229 driver’s licenses, 18 iPads, and 32 wallets—3,705 items in all, according to the LA Times.

And each year, this figure rises.

So imagine how many laptops will...

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October 13, 2017
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The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in use is forecasted to hit 8.4 billion this year. That’s more than the human population on planet Earth. And with successful attacks like Mirai (which was the malware used in the 2016 Dyn cyberattack) already a part of the IoT story, there’s plenty to worry about.

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September 13, 2017
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It started off as a fake invitation to a New Year’s Eve party, emailed to energy section employees. It ended with hackers taking screen shots of power grid control computer screens. Well, we can only hope it ended there.

Symantec Corp. released an ...

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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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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 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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