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Privacy Tip #135 – Cybersecurity Spring Cleaning Tips

Here’s a great idea offered by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Better Business Bureau: while you are doing your spring cleaning, don’t forget to do a digital spring cleaning too—that is, your computer, cellphone and Internet-connected devices. The tips acknowledge that we all have information contained on our computers, cellphones and mobile devices … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #132 – Social Security Fraud

As our readers know, I am particularly interested in protecting our seniors from fraud. They continue to be a vulnerable population and unfortunately, here is another scam that makes me mad: social security fraud. Many elect to have their social security payments deposited by direct deposit, and in fact, it is required by the Social … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #129 – As New Medicare Cards are Issued: Beware of Scams

This writer has been lamenting for years about the fact that Medicare recipients’ Social Security numbers are included on the face of the card. This is an unnecessary risk posed to Medicare recipients, which are primarily senior citizens, some of our most vulnerable citizens, who are already preyed upon by scammers. Medicare has recognized the … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #126 – Employee Training and Education Continues to be “Best” Cyberdefense

It is a myth that employees hate training and education. I have seen it with my own eyes. It is very exciting to watch an audience visibly cover their mouths when real life stories are told about cyber-attacks and phishing incidents that employees’ conduct cause because they are working too fast, not paying attention to … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #125 – Check + Set LinkedIn Privacy Settings

It is well known that hackers and fraudsters surf Facebook to find individuals who have not protected their information through Facebook’s privacy settings. People put a lot of information on Facebook that is very personal and can give criminals detailed leads on how to launch successful campaigns against unsuspecting victims. Less publicized is the fact … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #124 – FTC Alerts Consumers to Social Security Administration Scammers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a scam alert this week notifying consumers that it has received an up-tick in complaints that scammers are calling consumers claiming they are from the Social Security Administration. The scammers tell the individual that there has been a computer problem at the Social Security Administration and that they need … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #122 – What’s Up with WhatsApp’s Security Flaws?

WhatsApp has been applauded for adding end-to-end encryption on its platform to secure conversations of its users two years ago. But encryption has its challenges, despite its security posture. Recently, a team of German cryptographers found flaws in WhatsApp that they say makes it easier for unauthorized individuals to access group chats. They also found … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #121 – Patch Patch Patch

We all learned the hard way how important patching vulnerabilities are when a major data breach occurred during 2017 that exposed the personal information of 80% of U.S. adults that was reportedly avoidable with a patch. The biggest news in 2018 about patching is that to respond to the Spectre and Meltdown flaws [view related … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #118 – How to Avoid “Credential Stuffing”

‘Tis the season of stuffing stockings. ‘Tis also the season of “credential stuffing.” What is credential stuffing you ask? According to Wikipedia, “credential stuffing is a type of cyber-attack where stolen account credentials are used to access user accounts through large-scale automated login requests directed against a web application.” According to Shape Security, credential stuffing … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #117 – How to Check to See if Your Personal Information is Being Sold On the Dark Web

People always ask me what hackers do when they are able to obtain our personal information, including our Social Security numbers. There are many things hackers use our information for, some of which include filing false tax returns in our name to obtain fraudulent tax refunds, opening up new credit card accounts and other credit … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #116 – Insider Error or Threat Continue to Cause Data Breaches

You continue to hear that your employees are your biggest risk when it comes to causing a data breach. Recent incidents that we have been involved in that were caused by employee error include: lost or stolen unencrypted laptops, phones or removable media; downloading sensitive information onto thumb drives or USB drives and losing them; … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #114 – Your Email May Have Been Hijacked and You Don’t Know It

A new study by Google, the University of California Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute has concluded that email users are being threatened by massive credential theft and phishing schemes are the primary way hackers are stealing credentials. According to the study, phishing victims are 400 times more likely to have their email accounts … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #112 – LG Releases IoT Software Update

Security researchers at Check Point discovered software vulnerabilities in LG IoT devices which allowed them to potentially gain control over LG refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers and a live feed from a robot vacuum cleaner. A vulnerability in the mobil app and cloud app allowed them to remotely gain access to LG IoT devices with just an … Continue Reading
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