One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

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One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

Did you hear the one about the Kentucky GOP candidate who asked his attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party for allegedly sending out the Republican’s Social Security number and more personal information to thousands of constituents? Sorry to say, there’s no punch line here, because according to recent reports, it actually happened. Introducing… Read More

A Free Retina Scan With Your Next Purchase?

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A Free Retina Scan With Your Next Purchase?

A Free Retina Scan With Your Next Purchase?

Increasingly, legions of sophisticated hackers are infiltrating the most state-of-the-art data security strategies out there. The recent data compromises at Kmart and JPMorgan are in no way similar, except they share a common enemy. And while free retina scanners are probably a stretch, biometrics – the use of your biological data like fingerprints — may… Read More

The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

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The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

The olive branch after the deluge of news about the JPMorgan breach that exposed the personally identifiable information of 83 million customers was that no bank account information, or more sensitive personal information like Social Security numbers, had been compromised. What got lost in that torrent of stories was the fact that the information that… Read More

How Your Job Search Could Threaten Your Identity

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How Your Job Search Could Threaten Your Identity

How Your Job Search Could Threaten Your Identity

You finally landed a great job. Whether you were a new graduate, or among the long-term unemployed or under-employed, you put yourself out there and made it happen. But let’s say that you flipped a few stones on the job market that were best left unturned, and you got scammed somewhere along the way. It’s… Read More

iOS 8 Wants to Get to Know You Better

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iOS 8 Wants to Get to Know You Better

iOS 8 Wants to Get to Know You Better

My phone is at rest on my desk, charging. I’ve enabled the new “Hey Siri” feature, which was part of the iOS 8 update. Now, the famous concierge feature that offers the world at the touch of a button is always-already on, listening (as long as it is plugged in). Somehow I’m feeling a bit… Read More

It’s Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

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It’s Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

It’s Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

The breach at Home Depot is only the most recent in a torrent of high-profile data compromises. Data and identity-related crimes are at record levels. Consumers are in uncharted territory, which raises a question: Is it time to do for data breaches and cybersecurity what the nutritional label did for food? I believe we need… Read More

3 Ways Your Kids Can Get You Hacked

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3 Ways Your Kids Can Get You Hacked

3 Ways Your Kids Can Get You Hacked

Last month a story in the Wall Street Journal article sent a shudder down our collective parental spine. Google is planning to open Gmail and YouTube to kids under the age of 13. While the company will restrict this king’s ransom of new clicks to kid-friendly content, hackers could well have a field day. Lest… Read More

The Lie That Could Keep You Safe From Hackers

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The Lie That Could Keep You Safe From Hackers

The Lie That Could Keep You Safe From Hackers

The hack that created millions of morally challenged voyeurs—and, depending upon which celebrity they downloaded, child sex offenders—also provided us with a teachable moment. It exposed the use of security questions in online authentication as a quaint artifact of an antiquated Internet culture. We talk a lot about personally identifiable information (PII) in the data… Read More

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

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5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

A not-so funny thing happened to the Internet over Labor Day weekend. It was nearly trampled to death in a digital stampede for photographs of nude celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Rihanna and others. More than 100 celebrities “made” the list. How did the pictures wind up online? The best… Read More

4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

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4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

You’ve watched enough Tarantino to know you should only bring a knife to a gunfight if you’re Uma Thurman. Bringing a debit card to a bar is like the proverbial knife at a gunfight: a shoot-ready script for getting killed by the bill. Bar = party, but you don’t want to run up debt and… Read More

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