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Privacy Tip #79 – Consumer Reports Will Help Us With Privacy + Security of Products

What a great idea! Trusty Consumer Reports has announced that it is collaborating with three cybersecurity firms to “create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use that standard when building and designing digital products such as connected devices, software, and mobile apps.” The standard is a response to … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #77 – FTC Offers Tips to Businesses That Have Been Impersonated by Phishing Schemes

On March 6, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released tips and a video to businesses that have been impersonated by Phishing schemes. The guidance, entitled “Has a phishing scam hooked your company’s good name?” provides businesses with several tips to respond to being impersonated through a phishing scheme. The tips include: Notify and alert customers … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #76 – Stay on Top of the Most Recent Scams and Subscribe to FTC’s Scam Alerts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that March 5-11 is National Consumer Protection Week. The FTC will announce different programs and events throughout the week that are designed to educate consumers on how they can protect themselves and understand their rights. As a consumer, one thing that is easy to do and very … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #66 – False IRS Phone Scams Defraud Victims of More than $50 Million

We have previously warned consumers about IRS phone scams that defraud consumers. Basically, the fraudsters call unsuspecting victims over the telephone impersonating an IRS official, and intimidate the recipient of the call to believe that they have an outstanding tax liability and telling them that if they don’t pay up, they will be arrested and … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #64 – Online Training for those Drone Hobbyists Out There

If you are considering purchasing a drone this holiday season, make sure to check out the newly launched online training course created by the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) designed specifically for drone hobbyists. This new course, called SAFEGUARD, is about one hour long and covers safety topics such as understanding airspace, identifying and avoiding hazards, … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #63 – NYC Concertgoers—You May Need to Check Your Bank Records

Madison Square Garden has announced that it has suffered a year-long data breach of debit and credit cards used at concession stands at Madison Square Garden, the  Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall,  Beacon Theater, and Chicago Theater between November 9, 2015, and October 24, 2016. The breach occurred through an intrusion … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #62 – PoisonTap Can Compromise Computer with USB Stick

Security researcher Samy Kamkar has announced that a new hacking tool—PoisonTap—can  be loaded onto a USB stick and used to hijack the Internet connection of one’s computer. The way it works is that if someone leaves their computer unattended, a hacker can stick the USB drive into the unattended laptop and although the individual may … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #61 – Beware of Fake Apps that are Gearing Up for the Holiday Season

The New York Times reported last week that “hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple’s App Store in recent weeks”—just in time to deceive holiday shoppers. The Apps use well-known brand logos to deceive consumers. According to some, there has been a dramatic increase in fake apps this year over … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #60 – Cybersecurity Tips for the New Administration

It is hard to stay focused after election night. Since the new administration has a dearth of plans, here are some tips for it to get a jumpstart on cybersecurity priorities. The cybersecurity priorities for the new administration should include: helping U.S. companies combat hacking by foreign governments, including through investigative and diplomatic efforts (and … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #58 – Distrust Social Media? Almost All Americans Do, But Still Use Them

A recent nationwide poll conducted by The Rad Campaign and Lincoln Park Strategies shows that although 96 percent of American social media users distrust the ability of social media platforms to protect their personal information, they still use them. According to the poll, users are very concerned about the protection of their information and would … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #56 – Be Careful Before You Link Your Home Appliance to Your Smartphone and Change Your Passwords Now

Last week, Brian Krebs reported that hackers using a malware dubbed “Marai” have identified hundreds of thousands of home and office devices that have weak security. Then the hackers released the malware publicly so anyone can use it and intrude into home and office devices that do not have proper security to thwart the attack … Continue Reading
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