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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

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
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