It's easy, for instance, for a parent to access their child's name and Social Security number, then open up a phony account--even if the victim is literally a child. Most companies don't check the ages, so that's why this crime can go undetected for years.
You can outwit cybercriminals. You just have to be a little smarter than they are and never think, "It can't happen to MY computer." There's nothing special about your computer that makes it intrinsically immune to cyber threats.
My security concerns over our increasing use of mobile apps, for which we rarely read the permission settings or terms of service, were met with harsh criticism by some who said I was wearing a tinfoil hat and breeding paranoia.
There will always be a place for providing police departments with equipment to respond to violent threats, but right now taking a step back to see how more can be done to protect against electronic threats is not only right, it is vital.
However, it is too simple, and inaccurate, to blame the Internet for the rise of these illegal enterprises. It might be a cybercrime mastermind behind the website offering the goods, but there is nothing high-tech about the delivery of the drugs to your doorstep.
Educated as a nurse, Maria Horton is a service-disabled veteran retired from the U.S. Navy who became the first Nurse Corps Officer to become a CIO of...
As smartphones are increasingly used for financial transactions, sharing sensitive personal and proprietary information, and for operating other devices (such as home security systems), the field for intruders grows and becomes increasingly attractive.
OpenSSL vulnerabilities are sticking around for a while. In fact, recently two new ones were announced.
We all have our areas of interest -- make that obsession -- and when something related to them crops up online, we can be instantly transformed into monster click machines. The problem here: Many of those clicks can either lead to your victimization or becoming an unwitting co-conspirator in cybercrime.
Most of us use our smartphones and computers on a daily basis and keep important information on them like passwords, user names, and credit card numbers. But there are other devices that hold sensitive data that we don't really talk about. For example, printers.
There's one born every minute. Many scammers use the names of valid lottery organizations, but this doesn't mean the legit entities are involved. The latest con is to tell someone they won a Powerball jackpot while planning on stealing their identity.
Every parent has concerns about children's health and safety, but sometimes it helps to know that you are not alone. The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital publishes a national (US-wide) poll based on an annual survey, and this year's results are as revealing as they come.
Is the password system really broken? In reality, the problem with passwords today is largely due to how they're managed by applications.
More of us need to challenge social networks and app developers by reading permissions settings, terms of service, etc., and where we're not comfortable, we need to stand up and say no.
Another day, another big hack discovered. According to reports from the New York Times, the WSJ, and numerous other publications, a small group of cyber criminals based out of Russia were apparently able to collect around 1.2 billion usernames and passwords from more than 400,000 websites globally.
There are ways to keep the hackers at bay--for the most part, anyways, since no protection is 100 percent efficient.