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Hemanshu Nigam
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Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam is a father of four, an online safety, security, and privacy expert and CEO of SSP Blue, an online security consultancy, and founder of Online Safety TV, your daily dose of online safety, security, and privacy news. He is also a frequent contributor to CNN, HLN, CBS, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Washington Post, New York Times, HLNTV.com, and abcnews.com. To sign up for Online Safety TV’s Weekly News & Info, please click here, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Entries by Hemanshu Nigam

Anonymity Is Part of Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:55 AM

With the new school year firmly upon us, it's a great time to reflect on the lives of our children and the type of year they will have, both at school and online. Every summer kids spend just a little more time exploring new online sites and new apps that...

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Please, Can We Stop Blaming the Victims? The Case of Target and Neiman Marcus

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 4:55 PM

A woman is assaulted, a man is robbed, a house is burglarized, a store is broken into. Every time something like this happens, we jump to the aid of the victim. The police show up, witnesses come forward, people lend a helping hand, and the nightly news reports on it,...

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It's Too Easy to Legislate Away Safety

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Technology saves lives. It exponentially expands human capabilities and extends beyond any one individual to enhance medical interventions, improve law enforcement techniques and protect life. Unfortunately, as clearly as we expertly navigate the use of new technology, we also struggle to appropriately manage the legislative concerns instigated by technological developments....

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License Plate Recognition: Saving Lives, Solving Crimes

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 5:31 PM

The ongoing National Security Agency (NSA) debacle prompted by former Internet surveillance professional, Edward Snowden, ignited a virtual firestorm of negative press about government encroachment on citizen privacy. Fueled by such mass media attention, legislators around the country have quickly followed suit by attacking a serious crime-solving and...

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Sharing a Back-to-School Poem

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 6:35 PM

Every week I tend to write on online safety, security and privacy issues. This week, I am sharing a poem written by "jeglatter," a.k.a. Jennifer Glatter Nigam, and mother to Krishanu Nigam, our 8-year-old son. The poem speaks to the essence of what raising a child in the offline and...

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Choosing the Right Anti-Bullying Program

(6) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 6:22 PM

With millions of students returning to schools across the country over the coming weeks, dedicated educators and concerned parents must work together to find a solution to the U.S. bullying epidemic in order to establish safe learning environments for all students.

According to the 2011 nationwide youth...

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The Urban Myth About Car Thieves That's True

(21) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 6:04 PM

A thief casually approaches a car under the cover of darkness on a quiet night. He does not carry a crowbar, and he moves with the confidence of ownership. Without a sound or a single shard of broken glass, the car unlocks in front of the thief. He silently slips...

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The Tweet That Helped a Criminal Break into Jail

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 1:28 PM

Invariably, criminals make mistakes that result in arrests. Law enforcement agencies even rely on such errors in judgment to complete the puzzle of ongoing criminal investigations. In the era of real-time digital communication, however, criminals have even more opportunities to blunder and direct police attention to their crimes. Take for...

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Stay Away From Secret Photos of Baby Prince George

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 12:16 PM

The media storm surrounding the birth of George Alexander Louis on July 22. 2013, better known as "the royal baby," offers eager hackers the ideal opportunity to make a profit from the heightened public interest in all things royal. A series of malware spam campaigns and...

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Hands Up! This Is a Cyber Heist

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Hollywood loves a good bank heist story. The elaborate plots, team dissent and theatrical payoffs make for some of the most beloved films in cinematic history. Behind the glamorized depictions of criminal assailants sneaking into established banking institutions, however, lurks a very real threat -- one that relies on computers...

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Malware on the Go

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 2:33 PM

2013-07-12-iStock_000017826293XSmall_Huff.jpgThe average Internet user understands the importance of protecting computers and personal information from digital hazards. Smartphones and tablets, however, receive noticeably less attention when it comes to protecting devices from cybercriminals and malware. According to the recently released Mobile Threat...

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NSA 101

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 1:16 PM

The recent controversy surrounding PRISM and efforts made by the National Security Agency and FBI to monitor Internet traffic continues to expand, as Google filed a legal motion earlier this month in hopes of lifting a gag order preventing the company from publicizing information requested by...

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Textual Harassment -- Another Form of Bullying

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 12:34 PM

2013-06-07-iStock_000017463199XSmallnew.jpg In years past, people placed phone calls and sent emails to connect with one another. Today, text messages represent one of the most popular communication forums for cell phone users around the world. Text messaging may even surpass cell phones in ease...

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Online Media and Teen Suicide

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 11:45 AM

In the wake of 12-year-old Gabrielle Molina's suicide late last month, devastated parents and startled communities are seeking answers for how to best protect children and teens from the pressures of cyberbullying and digital harassment. Molina, a repeated victim of aggression from peers at school, also may have...

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Spot the Cop

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 3:06 PM

By year-end 2011, 9,944 people died in speeding-related car crashes in the U.S. The number of individuals killed in accidents where speeding occurred represented a whopping 31 percent of the total motor vehicle fatalities for the year. During 2012, in New York City alone, the...

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Social Addiction

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Only 30 minutes have passed, and the urge continues to grow stronger. You checked your phone first thing this morning and again when you arrived at the office, but you're already eager to log in to Facebook for your next Newseed fix. Social media addiction represents a growing...

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The Tweet That Was Heard Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 11:08 AM

The tumultuous economic circumstances of the past decade lead many U.S. citizens to reflect on the challenges faced during the Great Depression through a personal lens. When the stock market crashed in 1929, fear, panic and poor banking and stock market practices combined to form a perfect and...

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Keeping Quiet Online to Help Cops Hunt A Fugitive

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 5:25 PM

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Leaving little to the imagination may result in serious consequences when it comes to public safety and law enforcement. In war zones, the armed forces, journalists, private contractors and even medical and supply units operate under strict security guidelines for sharing information. Unfortunately, for...

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Putting Texting and Driving in the Back Seat

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:21 PM

The ordinary nature of 22-year-old college student Alexander Heit's message serves as a haunting reminder of the dangers of texting while driving. Heit passed away following an April 3 car accident, where he crashed his vehicle after texting the simple words "Sounds good my man, seeya soon, till...

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Rescued on Facebook

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Forget social networking, Facebook has become a veritable giant in the world of advertising, corporate marketing, event promotion and even celebrity worship. Drawing on its massive appeal and far-reaching audience, Facebook pioneered the transformation of social media into a one-stop-shop communication forum, where users explore and exchange information at a...

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