Digital Privacy

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  • Would You Surrender Your Friends’ Data for Pizza?

    Strange as it may seem, a recent study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests that students significantly shifted their attitudes toward privacy in return for free pizza. When asked if they would share email addresses of friends, the majority of students declined, but when the conversation expanded to include a pizza incentive, the results […] Read more

  • What’s on Your Wrist Could Be Leaking Sensitive Data

    Dick Tracey would be stunned by what Americans wear on their wrists today. Tracey, a vintage comic book detective, wore a fancy two-way radio watch back in the 1940s and probably never thought twice about privacy issues. But in the modern world, digital privacy is a valid concern, and you should understand how your smartwatch […] Read more

  • Before You Spit, Read that DNA Kit

    One of the hot holiday gifts in 2017 was a DNA home test kit. Ancestry.com reportedly sold 1.5 million of these items during the Black Friday weekend at a reduced $59 each. Rival 23andMe countered with their own discounts. TV ads for the simple-to-use products were everywhere. The commotion prompted US Senator Chuck Schumer to […] Read more

  • Today Is World Backup Day—Act Now to Protect Your Data

    Yes, today could actually change your life. March 31 is World Backup Day (WBD), and there are a myriad of reasons to participate in this noteworthy event. To find out why, let’s take a look at some startling data protection statistics. Sponsors of WBD want you to know the facts. Backups are still not the […] Read more

  • Swipe Left on Insecure Dating Apps

    Ah, Valentine’s Day. Hearts and flowers and many individuals out there looking for love. If the current popularity of dating apps is an accurate indicator, it’s getting harder to meet your soul mate in today’s world without one of these digital matchmakers. OK Cupid. Tinder. Match. Bumble. Coffee Meets Bagel. Ditto. eHarmony. You probably know […] Read more

  • Where You Sleep for the Holidays Could Affect Your Data Safety

    Dorothy was right. There’s no place like home. It’s where many of us feel like our personal information is safe. So if you’re one of the many Americans who travel during the holiday season, add data security to your packing list and lock down your sensitive information. You’ll sleep easier on the road, even when […] Read more

  • Hollywood Hackers Target Schools with Threats of Violence and Ransom Demands

    It’s not often that a school district in Montana or Iowa finds itself connected to a Hollywood studio, but these entities have all become targets for an aggressive hacker group that demands ransom for stolen data. The name Dark Overlord is notorious throughout the data security world. This international hacker group has claimed credit for […] Read more

  • Heading Home for The Holidays? Watch Out for Holiday Hackers.

    Lots of people travel during the holidays. Your trip could be around the world or just across town. In either case, you don’t want the headaches of lost personal data to hound you on your journey. Rental cars, airport documents, and even browsing your phone at the departure gate can present data risks you don’t […] Read more

  • The Future of Identity Verification: How Concerned Should You Be About Biometrics?

    Apple iPhone users will soon be face-to-face with the future of identity verification. Apple’s new iPhone X will allow users to unlock their phones just by looking at the screen. The company’s new identity system, called Face ID, is an unlock protocol designed to replace Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint-based system. If successful, iPhone X will […] Read more

  • The FBI Worries About Your Kid’s Toys. Are the Risks Overblown?

    Strange, but true. U.S. parents can now take some advice from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) along with them when they shop for new kids’ toys. The agency, which handles many cyber security issues nationwide, just issued a warning about interconnected toys that parents should read and heed. The Risks of Smart Toys “Toys […] Read more

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