Anthem Insurance Offers Free Credit Monitoring After Hacker Breach
Feb25

Anthem Insurance Offers Free Credit Monitoring After Hacker Breach

There’s more news about the massive hacker breach of Anthem Insurance – the second largest insurance company in the U.S. – and now victim of the largest breach in history with up to 80,000,000 people affected. Hackers were able to steal a single password that unlocked the complete Anthem database of customers (and as it turns out now – even non-customers). What a mess… This breach is the worst on record....

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Protect Against Posthumous ID Theft
Sep12

Protect Against Posthumous ID Theft

The National Crime Victimization Survey found that 16.6 million people were victims of identity theft in 2012. However, identity theft doesn’t just happen to the living; unfortunately, nearly 2.5 million of those victims were deceased. Why? The deceased are highly targeted by criminals, as the death of a loved one is a life-altering event and the surviving family members probably aren’t immediately concerned with the risk...

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Facebook Messenger App: Friend or Foe?
Sep03

Facebook Messenger App: Friend or Foe?

I’ve been hearing a lot about the “new” Facebook messenger app that people are forced to download if they want to keep chatting it up with friends on Facebook. First off, the app isn’t really new at all. It’s been out since 2011, but Facebook is trying to make people have to download it so they can diversify their content to stay relevant and avoid ending up like Myspace. But that’s all besides the point. The real issue is what the...

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Internet Privacy is a Myth. Duh.
Mar05

Internet Privacy is a Myth. Duh.

I get tired of figuring out how to keep my information out of the hands of corporations, hackers and miscellaneous data gatherers. I carry a smartphone. Every time I install something or actually use an app I’m asked to decide if I’m willing to provide personal information, my location, my list of contacts, or some other piece of information I’d rather not share. Here’s my favorite example from my Android phone...

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Protecting Your Mac in 2014
Feb26

Protecting Your Mac in 2014

One reason consumers buy Mac computers is they’ve been less vulnerable to viruses and other types of malicious programs in the past. That doesn’t mean they’re completely safe, however, or that they’ll be less vulnerable in the future. When Mac was launched 30 years ago, there was no reason for concern about viruses on the Mac. Now, you also had a 400kb floppy drive, no world wide web, and a 9 inch greyscale screen so...

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Data Breach InfoGraphic
May16

Data Breach InfoGraphic

It doesn’t matter who you are. Identity theft can affect anyone. From a wee baby in the crib to the senior citizen playing shuffleboard in Florida, we are all at risk. So what can you do to protect yourself? Keeping your personal information as “personal” as possible is a good place to start. Try these suggestions on for size: Choosing quality passwords Enrolling in an identity theft protection service Limiting your...

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