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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

Privacy Tip #110 – Resources for Small Businesses to Stay Informed about Cyber Threats

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has concentrated on small businesses this year with the launch of www.FTC.gov/SmallBusiness , which provides data security awareness information to small businesses. The  site includes articles about data security, how to develop a data security plan, what happens when ransomware affects your business, what to do in response to a … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #109 – Cybersecurity Tips for Small (and all) Businesses

I travel around helping businesses, both large and small, work on assessing their cybersecurity risks and implement measures to protect data, reduce risk and comply with applicable state and federal laws. In doing so, it is obvious that all businesses are struggling with managing data risks, and the time, resources and tools necessary to combat … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #107 – Medical Marijuana Privacy

As more and more state laws allow the use of marijuana for medical conditions, and dispensaries are opening to provide users with access to marijuana for medical purposes (and recreational use), patients are questioning and becoming concerned about the protection of their privacy when purchasing marijuana in dispensaries. The concern is that federal law still … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #106 – Online Romance Scams

I haven’t been in the dating scene for decades but I know it sure has changed. Millions of people participate in online dating, and I even know several couples who have found their significant other using online dating platforms. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Internet is used for bad intentions, … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #105 – Data Breach Woes

I spend a lot of time and effort to protect the privacy of my personal information. I am very careful. I have pretty good security hygiene. But I don’t have total control of my personal information and it is frustrating. I am hearing the same sentiments from many of you. My information has been compromised … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #102 – How to Educate Your Employees to Use Long, Easy to Remember Passwords

I feel like I have been writing about Passwords over and over and that’s because I have. Despite hearing about how important passwords are over and over again, compromised passwords continues to be an issue for organizations. Since the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) recently published new guidance and is recommending the use … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #99 – If you are an IoT Fanatic, this App is for You

Last January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched the IoT Home Inspector Challenge, a contest that requested participants to come up with a tool that would identify security issues that are caused by out-of-date software in IoT devices to better educate and protect consumers about the security vulnerabilities of IoT devices. To remind you of … Continue Reading
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