Airport Wireless Networks – Not As Safe As You Think
Dec03

Airport Wireless Networks – Not As Safe As You Think

Layovers, transfers and flight delays are more tolerable these days thanks to airport wireless internet networks. Business travelers can use time between flights to catch up on emails, holidaymakers can upload photos, and Netflix helps to pass the time. Have you ever wondered about how safe your information is when you’re using airport wifi? Like in any crowded place, hackers and criminals can steal your personal information through...

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How to protect your children from Identity Theft
Nov14

How to protect your children from Identity Theft

It’s not just adults who are victims of identity theft. Kids and teenagers are also at risk. Information stored on the Internet — birth dates, passwords, home addresses, credit card numbers, phone and Social Security numbers — can all be stolen and used for fun and profit by identity thieves. Fraudsters target young people because they have clean credit reports, and because they know the crime may go undetected for years. Young people...

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Facebook Quizzes: Sharing Your Private Data
Oct24

Facebook Quizzes: Sharing Your Private Data

Have you ever taken one of those ridiculous and inane quizzes on Facebook that tell you which color you are (“I’m Orange! Now what do I do?”), which Harry Potter character you are (see above), or which superhero your dog resembles? If so, all your private info is likely being shared with the quiz developers – whoever they may be. Those seemingly innocuous quizzes are actually apps designed to gain access to all...

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New Breed of Super Cookie Defies Removal – Almost…
Aug19

New Breed of Super Cookie Defies Removal – Almost…

From a recent UC Berkeley report: More than half of the internet’s top web sites use a little known capability of Adobe’s Flash plug-in to track users and store information about them, but only four of them mention the so-called Flash Cookies in their privacy policies. Under the direction of Chris Hoofnagle of the Information Privacy Programs at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, the researchers discovered that most web users...

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“Smishing” Scam Audio Sample
Apr21

“Smishing” Scam Audio Sample

Lately I’ve received several “smishing” text messages on my phone and I finally captured the audio of a full phone interaction with their voice response system. Audio of Smishing Call Here is the audio from a smishing phone call I recorded. Listen closely to see how they use fear to manipulate the victim into providing information. What is Smishing? Well, someone somewhere comes up with these cute names for things...

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