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Privacy Tip #159 – Consider Risks When Using Facebook and Other Social Media Platforms

Facebook announced late last week that it had suffered the largest breach in its history with 50 million accounts were compromised, and another 40 million accounts affected. Yes, that equals 90 million accounts. If you use Facebook and were locked out of your account over the weekend, your account was most likely affected. The 50 … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #157 – Protect Yourself From Utility Scams

The recent tragedy with gas customers in Massachusetts has everyone focused on their utilities. Which makes it a perfect time for scam artists to take advantage of worried customers—both individuals and small businesses. One scam making headway is when a fraudster calls a customer over the telephone telling them that their water, electricity or gas … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #154 – Accessing the Do-Not-Call Registry

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), which requires marketing entities to eliminate from telemarketing campaigns telephone numbers that are listed on the Do-Not-Call Registry (the Registry). Although many of us have both our residential and cell phone numbers listed with the Registry, we still get many, many annoying and inconvenient … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #151 – Can Banks Give or Sell My Information to Facebook or Other Social Media Platforms?

Many readers questioned me about the Wall Street Journal article this week entitled, “Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give you Our Users.” The questions and comments ranged from “Can they really do this?” to “This is outrageous!” Without getting into a legal analysis, there are laws that banks have to follow when … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #149 – LifeLock Customers Could Be Targeted with Phishing Campaign

We previously reported that LifeLock suffered a data breach and has been sued by the Federal Trade Commission for allegations of misleading customers [view related post], for which it settled with the FTC for $116 million [view related post] and then settled a suit alleging false statements to customers for $68 million [view related post]. … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #148 – Medtronic MyCareLink Heart Monitors Vulnerabilities Identified

Wearable technology and medical devices have vulnerabilities just like anything else that is digital. ICS-CERT recently issued an advisory about vulnerabilities in Medtronic’s MyCareLink patient heart monitors. These devices are implantable cardiac devices that transmit patients’ heart rhythms directly to a provider. The alert notes that vulnerabilities identified in the devices could be exploited by … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #144 – Give your CISO Some Love

I hang out with Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs). I support them because they have thankless jobs and have a mountain of responsibilities to protect an organization, most of the time without complete support from the organization. I try to help CISOs and CIOs get the budgeting they need to … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #143 – North Korea/U.S. Summit Gift Bags Remind us of Dangers of USB Devices

The Singapore summit was the focus of news stories this week. The media descended on Singapore to capture all of the news. When journalists started posting pictures of the contents of the gift bags that they were given at the summit by a company associated with the local government, cybersecurity experts from around the world … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #141 – Teen Safe App Exposes Parents’ and Teens’ Information

Admittedly, parents of teens have unique worries about their children. So-called “helicopter parents” worry more than others. A perfect app for such parents is Teen Safe, which allows those worried parents to monitor their children’s location, text messages, call history, app downloads and browsing history. Yikes—the only monitor I ever had with my kids was … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #140 – Your Cellphone Location Is Being Sold and Leaked

I have been watching several articles published by ZDNet with interest. First, ZDNet reported that “four of the largest cell giants in the US are selling your real-time location data to a company that you’ve probably never heard about before.” That company is LocationSmart, which touts itself as a data aggregator that has “direct connections” … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #139 – Update on Removing Your Name from Offers of Credit or Insurance and Access to Disclosure Report from NCTUE

Update on Removing Your Name from Offers of Credit or Insurance and Access to Disclosure Report from NCTUE Last week’s Privacy Tip touched a nerve with many readers, and I received numerous comments and thank you’s from loyal readers who, like me, also had no idea about NCTUE or that they could opt out of … Continue Reading
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