2017

September 25, 2017
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When Equifax announced the historic data compromise that exposed the sensitive personal information of up to 143 million consumers, the company said victims would have access to credit freezes for a month free of charge. This was not exactly a solution to the fresh hell it had just announced.

Frankly, it...

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September 20, 2017
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There is no mistaking that, by now, most consumers have at least a passing awareness of cyber threats.

Two other things also are true: All too many people fail to take simple steps to stay safer online; and individuals who become a victim of identity theft, in whatever form, tend to be baffled about what to do...

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September 19, 2017
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Equifax breach victims signing up for identity theft protection with LifeLock beware.

LifeLock is using Equifax credit reporting and monitoring services to protect customers from the Equifax breach, according to this story in The Los Angeles Times.

That's right. It's a conundrum. This isn'...

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September 18, 2017
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Some time ago, the popular show Mythbusters wanted to find out if the Lone Ranger was right about silver bullets being better than lead ones. Turns out silver bullets are actually slower and less accurate.

When it comes to cybersecurity, quick-fix silver bullets are also less effective than tried-and-true approaches. The most effective cybersecurity strategies begin with two certainties: mistakes will be made, and breaches like...

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September 15, 2017
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What happened?Equifax, a consumer credit reporting company, discovered a breach in its online systems that could impact 143 million consumers.

When did the breach occur?The breach occurred from mid-May to July and was discovered on July 29. Equifax alerted the public on Sept. 7.

What information was involved?Hackers gained access to files with names, birth dates, Social Security numbers (SSN), driver’s licenses and addresses....

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September 15, 2017
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The massive Equifax data breach that compromised 143 million personal records has triggered nearly two dozen class-action lawsuits claiming personal harm to consumers.

But businesses also have cause for concern. Many depend on information from the three major credit bureaus to approve consumer credit and employee security privileges, as well as to verify identifies. The breach compromises the risk analysis and identity...

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September 13, 2017
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It started off as a fake invitation to a New Year’s Eve party, emailed to energy section employees. It ended with hackers taking screen shots of power grid control computer screens. Well, we can only hope it ended there.

Symantec Corp. released an ...

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September 13, 2017
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Dora the Explorer turns out to be something of a spy. And that’s a problem for many parents in the digital age.

The long-reaching arm of online advertising for children is increasingly coming under legal assault as parents seek to limit what large media companies, like Disney and Viacom, can conduct in surreptitious audience monitoring.

Viacom, whose brands include Nickelodeon, the producer...

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September 12, 2017
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Cyber attacks on small and midsize businesses are on the rise. To compound the problem, SMBs are becoming the favorite target of cyber attackers thanks to their lack of security protection.

The unpreparedness of small businesses makes for ...

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September 12, 2017
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The pain has only just begun for Equifax. Last Thursday, the giant credit bureau disclosed that hackers stole personal information for 143 million of its customers, presumably mostly Americans, but also Canadians and Europeans.

In less than 24 hours, two Oregonians,...

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