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September 9, 2016
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Another day, another reminder that companies don’t really have to abide by promises to not share your personal information. They have a big “but” in their contracts.

WhatsApp and Facebook have made this clear. We’ll get to that in a moment.

Most recently, millions of Sports Authority customers began receiving notices that their email addresses and other data were about to be transferred to...

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August 26, 2016
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This might be the most sophisticated job scam I’ve ever seen. Thanks to a near-victim, you’ll get a rare chance to see a real pro almost pull off a nearly perfect digital caper.

You do things when you are job hunting that you wouldn’t normally do. You meet strangers. You share a lot of personal information with the world, on resumes and through job sites. You’re vulnerable. And most critically: You generally need money. It’s a...

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August 19, 2016
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Sometimes a glitch is more than a glitch. Sometimes, that glitch grinds much of the country to a halt. And it gets the company involved hauled in front of Congress to explain itself.

Recent airline techno-disasters at Delta and Southwest—and United last year—have made one thing clear: Systems designed to keep America moving in the air are far too fragile. Are they just too old?

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August 19, 2016
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Sometimes a glitch is more than a glitch. Sometimes, that glitch grinds much of the country to a halt. And it gets the company involved hauled in front of Congress to explain itself.

Recent airline techno-disasters at Delta and Southwest—and United last year—have made one thing clear: Systems designed to keep America moving in the air are far too fragile. Are they just too old?

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June 25, 2016
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How bad has the ransomware problem become? The state auditor of Ohio held a news conference because local government agencies keep falling for ransomware attacks. And a firm that tracks domain activity found a 3,500 percent increase in ransomware-related domain name registrations in the past quarter. Hackers love to cut and paste, so imitation is the surest sign that something is working.

Recall the high-profile, alarming...

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May 23, 2016
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Quickly, what was your LinkedIn password in 2012? OK, now think of every password you have set at every service you use and make sure that LinkedIn password isn’t reused anywhere.

If ever you needed a reminder not to reuse passwords, here it is. We knew that LinkedIn got hacked in 2012, but at the time, we thought “only” 6.5 million passwords had been taken. Now, we learn the real figure...

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May 20, 2016
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A “debt collector” call can arrive at any time for just about anyone. Even if you’ve never missed a payment on a bill. There’s only one way to protect yourself: Know what questions to ask.

Debt collector telemarketing scams are incredibly persistent because they work. “Debt collectors” can sound scary, and when they catch consumers at the right time, they can quickly trick people into paying up before they realize what’s...

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January 11, 2016
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Credit security freezes are often held up as the gold standard to protect consumers from identity theft. Much more restrictive than traditional fraud alerts, credit freezes prevent anyone from opening up new accounts using a consumer’s Social Security number — including the rightful owner of the...

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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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August 18, 2015
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College students are prime targets for identity thieves. They are busy and distracted, and rarely are actively engaged in managing their credit. And they are usually required to fill out a flurry of paperwork as school begins that includes the most sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers. In additional to financial aid, enrollment forms or rental documents, many will encounter credit card applications for the first time, not to mention creation of...

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