Security Resolutions to Keep Your Identity Safe

The New Year is a perfect time for making resolutions. So while you are resolving to work out more often, eat healthier and get out of debt, take a few minutes to make and implement these simple resolutions that will help protect you from hacking and identity theft. Expert: Gary…

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Biometric Privacy

Imagine not having to remember login IDs and passwords, and using a fingerprint or retinal scan for all of your logins. It is called biometrics, and it is already happening. Unlike passwords, where anyone with the password can access the account, biometric systems use both hardware and software to authenticate…

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How Scammers Gain Your Trust

One reason scammers are so effective is that they are skilled at getting their victims to trust them and fall for their scams. However, consumers who know the signs of a scam are better prepared to resist. When you understand how con artists work you will be able to nip…

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Soon, the Majority of Mobile Calls Will Be Fraudulent

After analyzing more than 50 billion calls made to mobile customers over 18 months, technology company First Orion predicts that nearly half of all calls to mobile phones will be fraudulent in 2019 unless the industry adopts and implements more effective call protection solutions. Over the past year, First Orion’s…

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Agent Tesla Malware

Keyloggers are nothing new, but Agent Tesla takes simple keyloggers to new levels. Among other capabilities, Agent Tesla can steal passwords from all major browsers, and capture snapshots of the victim’s keystrokes, their desktop, and pictures from their webcam at timed intervals, all while remaining undetected on the victim’s computer.…

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From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Bodies

“The line between human and machine is blurring—and creating new concerns about consumer safety and privacy rights,” says Mary Lee, a mathematician for the RAND Corporation. The Internet of Things (IoT) has seen us connecting everything from cars to toasters to light switches to the Internet. New medical devices now…

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Credit Freezes Are Now Free

A new federal law made credit freezes free as of September 21, 2018. Prior to the enactment of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act state regulations allowed a patchwork of fees for placing or lifting a credit freeze, but those fees no longer exist. A credit freeze…

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Privacy in Public

Recent revelations that a driver for Uber and Lyft streamed video of passengers riding in his vehicle raised questions about whether consumers can expect privacy in any space they do not control, such as when they are driving on public streets, shopping at the mall or riding in someone else’s…

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Should Facebook and Google Pay Us for Our Personal Information?

Facebook, Google and other online services provide consumers free access to their platforms. However, nothing is truly “free.” We pay with our data and these companies make billions of dollars selling our personal information to advertisers and others. Now some people are starting to ask if the big tech companies…

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Does Privacy Matter if You Have Nothing to Hide?

When the news broke about Cambridge Analytica harvesting and using the personal information of Facebook users, many people discovered for the first time how much data Facebook stores on users and to how many companies they sell that data. But does it really matter how much Facebook, Google, Amazon and…

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Social engineering attacks manipulate users into giving up information wanted by the hackers. They often involve email or other communication to invoke urgency, fear or other emotions in the victim, leading them to reveal sensitive information, click a malicious link, or open a malicious file. Because social engineering involves a human element, it can be difficult to prevent these kinds of attacks. The best hope of protecting yourself, your family and your company from social engineering attacks is to be aware of how they work and educate yourself and other users on how to avoid becoming a victim. In this interview, we discuss how to recognize a possible social engineering scam and how to deal with them.

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