Digital Privacy

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  • The FBI Worries About Your Kid’s Toys. Are the Risks Overblown?

    Strange, but true. U.S. parents can now take some advice from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) along with them when they shop for new kids’ toys. The agency, which handles many cyber security issues nationwide, just issued a warning about interconnected toys that parents should read and heed. The Risks of Smart Toys “Toys […] Read more

  • Your New Car Is Spying on You. Can You Lock Down Your Privacy in the Age of Connected Vehicles?

    The future just pulled up in your driveway. Your new connected vehicle may be able to alert you to potholes in the road, point out traffic jams ahead, auto brake to avoid a crash, or even send weather data to a recording agency whenever you activate your windshield wipers. Features like remote start and the […] Read more

  • Who Is Watching You and Do You Care?

    Hungry for a slice of pizza? Think twice about frowning as you linger in line. A recent breakdown of a facial recognition system at an Oslo, Norway eatery gives a rare glimpse into ways businesses are using biometric technology to analyze customers. What they’re tracking may surprise you. Peppe’s Pizza in Oslo was using a […] Read more

  • Define Privacy to Secure It

    The concept of privacy has different meanings. For a teen, it can mean, “Get out of my room.” For an adult, it can mean, “I need to see your Facebook to know you’re safe.” For each individual, privacy can be an elusive, changeable concept but there are two things to agree on: privacy is important, […] Read more

  • The Latest Android Attacks

    Google’s Android operating system outranks Apple’s iPhone by a huge percentage, and hackers feel that targeting Android will yield the most results. Several new exploits aimed at Android systems show just how pervasive the problem has become and why every Android fan needs to be vigilant. 2 Million Download Malware! In late April, researchers at […] Read more

  • Hackers Grab W-2 Forms, Sell to Identity Thieves

    The list of companies reporting stolen W-2 forms is growing as hackers kick up their phishing schemes for the current income tax filing season. For employees, the challenge is determining if that new email in your inbox is really from the CEO. How you respond could put your entire workforce at risk for identity theft. […] Read more

  • VIZIO Pays Millions After Improper Data Collection

    VIZIO Inc, one of the world’s largest makers of smart TVs, has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle charges it tracked and saved data on the viewing habits of 11 million customers without their consent. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the State of New Jersey brought the case that charged VIZIO with unfair […] Read more

  • Celebgate Hacker Used Simple Phishing Tactics

    Celebgate was a hack heard—and seen—around the world in 2014 and this week, the man who pled guilty to leaking hundreds of nude celebrity photos, was sentenced to nine months in jail. Studying this sensational hack offers a valuable lesson—to explain how Edward Majerczyk, 29, from Chicago, gained access to the accounts of Jennifer Lawrence, […] Read more

  • Child ID Theft and the Statute of Limitations

    Identity theft is far too common for youngsters. It’s often not discovered until years after the theft occurs. It can be tough to help your child recover from a case of stolen identity, but your state’s laws on the statute of limitations can help. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon in 2011 documented that children were 50 […] Read more

  • Yahoo Support Scams Multiply

    Do you long for the good old days when you could chat with a support person on the phone to resolve problems? Well, scammers hope so because they’re busy publishing bogus tech support numbers that offer assistance with last year’s biggest tech headache—Yahoo. Every one of these numbers is fake. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) […] Read more

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