Digital Privacy

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  • 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

  • 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

  • Is Your Vote Safe From Hackers?

    The upcoming elections are making lots of individuals nervous—including those responsible for sending out ballots or counting our votes. Recent hacks indicate that voter registration files have become a tempting target while new research found that a number of state registries possess really weak security. On August 31, the Illinois Board of Elections reported a […] 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

  • WhatsApp Blurs Privacy Promises

    When Facebook paid billions for WhatsApp in 2014, privacy hawks vocalized concerns, but the messaging company promised there would be no change in its privacy policy. CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, even underscored that promise in a highly publicized blog post.  The policy changed despite all those promises. Now government privacy advocates in […] Read more

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