Digital Privacy

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  • 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

  • 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

  • Jail Time for Identity Thieves

    It’s nice to see the good guys score a win in the battle against identity theft. In late August, Micheline Eppolito, 29, of Jensen Beach, Florida was sentenced to 30 months in prison for her role in an identity fraud scheme. The ease with which Eppolito stole identifying information and her compensation for that act […] Read more

  • Do Some Websites Need Better Data Security Than Others?

    It’s tempting to say ALL websites need strong data protection, but it’s clear that some simply demand more robust protection. Your bank website is one. The IRS is another. On any Top 5 list, you’d probably expect to see dating websites that store highly sensitive preferences, but if recent hacks are any indicator, it’s time […] Read more

  • Ransomware Targets Must Fight Back

    A panel of cybersecurity experts last week urged consumers to step up their cyber ‘best practices’ to battle the recent four-fold increase in ransomware. Now, the FBI confirmed the crisis. Today the agency issued a plea to victims urging that they report all issues to slow the growing threat. “Within the first weeks of its […] Read more

  • Star Olympians Exposed in Data Breach

    The glow from Rio still follows U.S. gold medal gymnast Simone Biles, but this week the young Olympian grabbed some undesirable headlines when Russian hackers accessed and then published her private medical files. The hack of numerous athlete records raises questions regarding prescription drug use in sports and also offers a lesson for those of […] Read more

  • Fake Job Sites Are a Data Goldmine

    Looking for a job is hard work. Every application you file creates a data-rich event in which you, the applicant, provide all the valuable personally identifiable information (PII) you possess. Rejection may be unavoidable in your job hunt, but you can dodge identity theft by avoiding job sites created just to collect the pieces that […] Read more

  • Is Your Smartphone A Hijack Target?

    Your cellphone quits mid-call and you discover it can’t be used any longer. Your husband has a heart attack, and your phone won’t work to call for help. These are not fictitious scenarios; they’re factual stories about recent cellphone hijackings. If you haven’t heard about this new type of fraud, you will soon because every […] Read more

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