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  • Who’s Watching You?

    Before FBI director James Comey triggered an election eve firestorm last month, he made waves in another way—by hiding a potential information source hackers have been known to exploit. In a speech to students at Kenyon College in Ohio several months ago, Comey revealed that he employs an inexpensive anti-surveillance device of his own; he […] Read more

  • Update Early, Update Often

    In our hack-a-day world, it pays to be on guard. That includes being alert when it comes to software updates for your computer. Microsoft still offers security patches on the second Tuesday of each month. With newer models, you can set them to auto-update and forget about the hassle of doing the updates yourself. Adobe […] Read more

  • Office Depot Tech Support Fraud Alleged

    You’ve read our blog posts debunking phone-based tech support scams and software license expiration scams. These are some of the most lucrative frauds perpetrated on individuals easily confused with computer tech talk. But even our ID Watchdog team was stunned to hear that Office Depot tech support crews may be perpetrating a similar scam at […] Read more

  • 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