Digital Privacy

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  • New Year Brings New Ransomware, Need for Good Backup Habits

    The year is still young but data thieves evidently didn’t take a vacation. A new form of ransomware – the type that encrypts your computer files without your knowledge – is circulating on the dark web and it could be adapted to hit any type of computer operating system, not just Windows machines.   Numerous […] Read more

  • Top 5 Moves To Thwart Identity Theft During Tax Season

    It’s that time of year again – time to gather up receipts and payroll information to prepare your federal income tax forms. Recent data compromises make it a perilous time for many filers who saw their Social Security numbers (SSN) stolen in one of 2015’s biggest breaches. SSN theft could lead directly to income tax-related […] Read more

  • Protect Your Identity & Your Income Tax Refund

    In a hacker’s world, January 19, 2016 is a red letter date. It’s the first day that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will allow individuals to e-file their 2015 tax returns and if your personally identifiable information (PII) was compromised last year – the OPM, Anthem, and the Experian/T-Mobile breaches are just a few that […] Read more

  • Mistakes On Social Media Bring Major Consequences

    Social media connects most of us to the world, but it can create major headaches when misused.   There are small goofs and then there are major blunders – the sort that change lives forever. Social media has seen them all. The risks are significant and the solutions are not simple. What happens in Vegas […] Read more

  • The 10-Minute New Year’s Data Security Makeover

    Simple steps can reduce your odds of identity theft. Follow this 10-minute security update plan to launch new security habits for 2016.   We’ve reached the last page of the calendar – a time when we naturally reflect on the months past. 2015 was clearly not stellar in terms of data security and information privacy. […] Read more

  • Masked Credit Cards Help Secure Holiday Shopping

    As you shop the World Wide Web this holiday season, consider masked credit cards for purchases. They will lower the risk of financial data theft. Every season is a good season to guard your personal credit data because every time you use a bank card, there is some risk. However, the holidays are a prime […] Read more

  • Comcast Data Leak Underscores Email Value

    The recent sale of Comcast account info underscores the value of email addresses and why you should guard yours carefully. Details of 590,000 Comcast customer accounts were discovered for sale online earlier this month. While the cable giant has emphatically stated it has not been hacked, the company did require a password reset for 200,000 […] Read more

  • Millions of Veterans at High Risk for Identity Theft

      Veterans of the Armed Forces are at higher risk of identity theft after hacker attacks on several veterans’ groups in recent years. America’s veterans face a new kind of war—one being fought on our own soil. It’s the result of several major data breaches in recent years including this year’s OPM data breach that […] Read more

  • Self Defense Against the Latest Wave of Data Breaches

    After the breach: how to react if you’ve been victimized by one of October’s particularly comprehensive data breaches. T-Mobile, Experian, Scottrade, E*Trade, Dow Jones, and crowd-funding site, Patreon, reported data breaches in the past few weeks. It’s been a really tough October, which is perhaps fitting as this is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and […] Read more

  • After The Breach – Watch for Warning Signs

      There is no ‘typical’ identity theft victim these days. Children, veterans, employee groups, church volunteers, retail shoppers, college students and retirees are just a few groups hackers have targeted in recent years.  The risks include monetary losses, mixed up medical records, job loss, faked government credentials and even a criminal record you never earned. […] Read more

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