Digital Privacy

January 12, 2018
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The 2017 filing season could be the worst yet for tax-related crime. With widespread confusion about the new tax law, IRS budget cuts, and a record-breaking year for data compromises, there’s an opening for fraud that should be serious cause for alarm, but doesn’t seem to be.

The bottom line: You should be concerned.

Last tax year, ...

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January 2, 2018
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While there are a thousand resolution-worthy action items out there, the time is always now for the things that need to change in our lives. Never were truer words spoken when it comes to our potential vulnerability to hackers.

The number of breaches and the granular nature of the data exposed in those attacks over the past year are both unprecedented. ...

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December 18, 2017
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The year is nearly over. It’s time to sing Auld Lang Syne, do self-reflection and declare your New Year’s resolutions.

Many attempts to become a better you, however, can jeopardize your identity. Follow these tips to protect your information:

Get in shape. Ready to hit the gym and search for your elusive six-pack abs? When you apply for membership, be cautious about how much personal information you give. If you are required to provide a social security number...

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December 11, 2017
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As consumers step up their online shopping leading up to the holidays, it’s a prime time of the year for identity theft. While you are busy snagging hot deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thieves are phishing for your information.

Don’t let an identity thief take the jingle out of your holiday. Follow these 12 tips to keep your financial information secure during the holiday season.

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December 8, 2017
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The time to integrate added security into our country’s personal identification system is upon us.

The Equifax data breach released into the wild 144 million unique U.S. Social Security numbers. Future verifications used to prove identity to a prospective employer, creditor or educational institution should combine biometric...

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December 7, 2017
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The Supreme Court is hearing a case this month, Carpenter v. the United States, that represents an opportunity for the country to move in the right direction on privacy. It’s only fitting that a conviction for a series of armed robberies involving the theft of smartphones may determine the way investigators and prosecutors can use cellphone data in the future.

Timothy Ivory Carpenter was convicted of planning, supplying guns...

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November 27, 2017
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Keeping up with news alerts about cybersecurity flaws in consumer electronics is a lot like picking up spilled jelly beans one at a time with a plumber’s wrench. Even if you figure out how to do it and have endless patience, a few will skitter out of sight.

Assume for the moment that, unlike most people, you think a lot about cybersecurity and you do your homework before buying a connected device. (I know. This is a truly...

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November 17, 2017
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How would you feel if the digital “you” were deleted? The common wisdom in cybersecurity circles is that if you think it can’t happen to you, it probably will. Consider Mat Honan’s story.

“First my Google account was taken over, then deleted,” Honan wrote. “Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to...

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November 17, 2017
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The holiday season is an enormous economic event, so much so that the National Retail Federation estimates that holiday shopping represents as much as 30 percent of a retailer’s annual sales. But as a consumer, increased spending can leave you more vulnerable to theft and fraud.

However, there are steps you can take to guard against theft. Here are seven...

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November 16, 2017
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In the ’80s, many of us couldn’t imagine the day when computers would be so commonplace we’d wear them on our wrists, carry them in our pockets and even use them in our cars and major appliances.

It was a different time, but even then, security needed to be a top priority. And in 1988, computer security professionals celebrated the first Computer Security Day.

Now, almost 30 years later, Nov...

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