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  • Huge Hack of Student Emails Uncovered

    From a desk thousands of miles away, a Phoenix, AZ man allegedly tried to compromise thousands of university student accounts. He succeeded at several East Coast institutions. For students involved, this theft of their data could create new, unfamiliar risks and some sleepless nights. Jonathan Powell was taken into custody November 2 and charged with […] Read more

  • Another Massive Breach Hits Adult Network

    As we predicted, the massive MySpace breach of over 359 Million user files did not retain its “Top Of The Breached” crown for long. LeakedSource this week reported receiving evidence of a FriendFinder Networks data breach topping 412 Million user records. That makes it one of the largest documented breach in recording history. That’s bad […] Read more

  • Use A Big Eraser When Recycling Electronics

    ‘Tis the season for buying new gadgets. ‘Tis also the season to discard, recycle or hand down the one you’ve just replaced. There’s a way to do it right, but it takes willpower and a bit of time. Just keep telling yourself that the minutes you spend now could save you hundreds of hours battling […] Read more

  • Holiday Shopper Survival Guide

    Ready or not, the holidays are right around the corner. If you plan to fight the crowds at Walmart to snag a bargain-priced 60” flat screen TV, you’ll have to look elsewhere for survival tips. Our advice is geared to help you survive this joyful season with your data intact. It could be easier than […] 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

  • Dozens Arrested in IRS Impersonator Scam

    Today, there’s some good news in the fight against identity scammers. A 3-year investigation into Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee impersonators concluded this week. As a result, 56 individuals were indicted and dozens are already in custody for their roles in intimidating Americans into paying IRS bills they did not owe. “The largest single amount […] Read more

  • Were You Part of October’s Internet Attack?

    On Friday, October 21st, internet sites around the US were attacked—some knocked completely offline—by what tech specials label a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. What’s even scarier is that one of your personal internet-connected devices could have been part of this attack without your knowledge. This assault utilized 100,000 compromised ‘smart’ devices that connect […] Read more

  • Voter Selfies Against Law in Many States

    What do Bill Phillips, of Nashua, NH., and Justin Timberlake (yes, that Timberlake) of Memphis, TN have in common? Both voted early and both indulged by taking a selfie with their ballot and sharing it on social media. One voter was breaking the law. Voting is handled by states and regulated by state law, not federal […] Read more

  • Online Hoax Survival Guide

    It’s not a Halloween scare and, no, Facebook is not planning to make all your past posts public. This bogus claim is the latest online hoax making the rounds this week. Some are funny, but many of these false statements are far from benign. “With this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly […] 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