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  • Hacking Key Fob-Activated Cars

    For years, there have been rumors and puzzling reports of keyless cars being mysteriously broken into in some unknown manner. Last month, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released study results showing one major way thieves have been successful in unlocking these push button vehicles and even driving them away. NICB purchased what it termed […] Read more

  • 2017: The Year of Reviewing Freely

    Got a gripe with a business? Starting this year, you’ll be free to post that negative review online despite your contract’s fine print. This week, President Obama signed the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 into law. It prohibits companies from issuing fines to users who post bad press and comes in response to a […] Read more

  • Gift Alert: Apple Imposter Problem

    A new smartphone is a big investment. With millions being gifted this holiday season, a lawsuit wending its way through the courts points out it’s risky to believe everything you read about accessories like extra charging cords…especially if your phone is made by Apple. The technology giant has always sold expensive accessories for its products […] Read more

  • Lessons Learned From Election Cycle

    Today is Election Day. Won’t you be relieved to see an end to all those negative ads? Win or lose, both candidates and the rest of us should remember one key lesson from the election—even IT folks can be fooled by a phishing email. As the campaign chugged along in late October, a new batch […] Read more

  • Millennials Hard Hit by Tech Scams

    If you think of young adults as more tech savvy than older users, think again. A new survey from Microsoft indicates that younger adults are more likely than older ones to fall for computer tech scams. The study surveyed 12,000 users in 12 different countries. Thirteen percent (13%) of users in the lowest age bracket—18 […] Read more

  • Latest RoboCall Scam Claims Your License Has Expired

    Mom always said, “Be polite to strangers,” but this sort of stranger abuse has gone on long enough. When automated robocalls start bombarding your home phone dishing up scare tactics, it’s time to scream or slam down the phone. The message repeats twice—to communicate a false sense of urgency. “This is an emergency call that […] Read more

  • Stop. Think. Connect—The Formula For Online Security

    It’s time to fall into stronger identity protection habits. October is National Cyber Awareness Month. It’s also the seventh year for the Stop. Think. Connect. campaign—a comprehensive online security awareness program championed by ID Watchdog plus hundreds of other data security organizations worldwide. The concept is simple. Before you connect online, stop and reflect on your […] Read more

  • Men or Women: Who’s More Concerned about Data Breaches?

    A survey of 1,200 men and women in the U.S. has unveiled some differences in how gender influences your response to a data breach. A Brand Perception Survey recently conducted by Alertsec, a cloud-based encryption firm, determined that men are far more likely to sever ties with the hacked merchant. Overall, the survey’s numbers are […] Read more

  • Used Devices On eBay? Data Breaches Waiting To Happen

    We’ve all heard this story before, but evidently 2/3 of us haven’t been listening properly. As consumers, we toss out millions of digital devices each year without deleting the data on them. The latest researchers to chronicle the problem work at Blancco Technology Group, which recently found that 67% of all the used devices they bought […] Read more

  • Tax Preparer Confirms Data Breach

    Avoiding tax refund identity theft this year is getting harder by the minute. The latest challenge is a data breach at TaxAct, a major online tax preparation service, which will cause huge headaches for some of its users. The breach might finally convince folks they must stop using the same login credentials on multiple websites, […] Read more

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