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Privacy Tip #218 – FBI Considers FaceApp a Counterintelligence Threat

For those of you who have downloaded the face editing app FaceApp, please note that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has classified FaceApp as a counterintelligence threat because of its Russian origins. According to the FBI, “[T]he FBI considers any mobile application or similar product developed in Russia, such as FaceApp, to be a … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #217 – Law Enforcement Warns of Juice-Jacking Scam

If, like me, you travel a lot, listen up—the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has issued an advisory as part of its fraud education campaign warning travelers not to use free USB charging stations offered in airports, hotels and other public places.  According to the warning, “juice jacking” occurs when hackers have loaded malware into … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #214 – Veterans Warned About Risk of Misuse of Sensitive Personal Information

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) recently completed an audit of the VA’s Milwaukee Regional Office after it was tipped off by a whistleblower about the exposure of sensitive information on shared drives by employees who did not have authorization to view the information. According to the audit, sensitive information … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #212 – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: “Own IT”

Everyone should be aware that October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. TechNewsWorld is urging all users to “Own IT,” which “means staying safe on social media, updating privacy settings, and keeping tabs on apps. Simply put, users need to take better ownership of their data and their online presence as part of daily safe cyber … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #210 – HHS Office of Inspector General Issues Fraud Alert for Genetic Testing Scam Targeting Seniors

Everyone knows how I feel about those home genetic testing kits—most people don’t understand that when they send their DNA to a private company that it is not protected by HIPAA or any other law, and the company can legally use and disclose it, including selling it to other companies. Understand what companies are doing … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #206 – Be Mindful of Calendar Invites—They Can Contain Spam

Spam is invading all aspects of our online life, and of late, even our online calendars. I hadn’t thought about embedded malware in calendar invites until I read an informative krebsonsecurity.com blog article this week. I think this is something everyone should know about and be mindful of when receiving calendar invites. Calendar invites are … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #205 – MoviePass Subscribers’ Card, Debit and Credit Card Information Exposed

There are a numerous subscription based services available to consumers that allow us to provide our debit or credit card numbers to obtain a subscription for services. Providing a debit or credit card number for these services for an automatic charge means that the company has your number and it can be exposed, putting you … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #203 – Cryptocurrency Woes

As cryptocurrency becomes more popular with investors, CipherTrace recently issued its Q2 2019 Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering Report, which finds that “[O]utright thefts as well as scams and other misappropriation of funds from cryptocurrency users and exchanges continued apace, netting criminals and fraudsters approximately $4.26 billion in aggregate for 2019.” Yikes—that’s billion with a “b”. The … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #200 – Iranian Backed Hacking Group Using LinkedIn To Deliver Malicious Documents

Fireeye published research last week that it has identified a phishing campaign by APT34, which is known to be a hacking group out of Iran, that all LinkedIn users should be aware of when considering adding a LinkedIn contact. In particular, if you receive a LinkedIn request from someone named Rebecca Watts from Cambridge University, … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #199 – Guard Your Cryptowallet: Cryptoheist in Japan Drains $32 million from Exchange

The U.S. government continues to be wary of cryptocurrency, and presently, no cryptocurrency exchange is protected by the FDIC. When you put your money in a FDIC-insured bank, if the bank becomes insolvent customers will not lose their deposits, usually up to a maximum of $250,000 per depositor per insured bank. But if you deposit … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #196 – Free Credit Monitoring for Active Duty Military and National Guard Personnel

Part of the 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (which amended the Fair Credit Reporting Act) included a provision requiring credit reporting agencies (CRAs) to provide free electronic credit monitoring services to active duty military personnel. CRAs are required by law to notify active duty military consumers about any “material” additions or … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #195 – Evite Announces Breach of Account Information of 10 Million Users

If you use Evite for e-invitations or social planning purposes, be aware that it announced last week that the account information for up to 10 million users has been compromised and is for sale on the Dark Web. According to Evite, the information compromised included users’ names, usernames, passwords, dates of birth, telephone numbers, mailing … Continue Reading
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