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Is Your Christmas Present Spying on You?

Adam Levin | Posted 12.25.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

The fact is that few of us know much about the Internet of Things, but that doesn't stop us from wanting it in our homes and on our bodies. But as we snatch up connectable products this Christmas season, the number one issue we face is the protection of our privacy.

The Most Important Lessons You Can Learn From the Sony Hack

Adam Levin | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Adam Levin

Anyone who runs a business -- whether it's a mom-and-pop shop or a multinational behemoth like Sony -- needs to pay close attention to what happened here, and begin to take data security seriously.

5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

Adam Levin | Posted 12.12.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

It seems like there were more companies that had privacy-related problems in 2014 than didn't. And the lucky ones that didn't "get got" were separated by only one or two degrees from those that did. As we look ahead to 2015, I see a mix of old privacy concerns along with a few emerging dangers.

Colleague or Criminal? The Sneaky New Cyberthreat You Face at Work

Adam Levin | Posted 12.05.2014 | Crime
Adam Levin

The latest greatest swindlers in the cybercrime racket know you're onto their digital three-card monte, and they've made a few adjustments, putting yet another wrinkle in the corporate-hacking game by targeting top-level employees for major profits.

It's 10 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Social Security Number Is?

Adam Levin | Posted 11.07.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Your Social Security number is a skeleton key in the hands of an identity thief, but it's not just about money. Those nine digits are used in too many transactions to enumerate, and because of that, there are plenty of opportunities for them to fall into the wrong hands.

7 Ways Data Currently Being Collected About You Could Hurt Your Career or Personal Life

Frank Pasquale | Posted 11.06.2014 | World
Frank Pasquale

Databases may be defaming you without you even knowing it.

Fear and Worry in America? Identity Theft and Cybercrime

CreditSesame.com | Posted 11.05.2014 | Money
CreditSesame.com

What's the biggest worry for Americans? Here's a clue. It's not Ebola, terrorism or spiders. According to two separate studies and polls in just the last two weeks, the two things that most Americans worry about, even fear, are identity theft and hacking.

Here's How the New Chip-and-PIN Credit Cards Could Be DOA

Adam Levin | Posted 10.31.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Whether the hackers banked a false sense of security at the institutional level, knowing that the protocols might be deemed an unnecessary expense, or the recent attacks are merely part of the chip card learning curve, this latest technology is only as good as its implementation.

JPMorgan Breach Is 'Crisis Point' For Banks

AP | By ALEX VEIGA | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New details on a cyberattack against JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s computer servers this summer add to increasing doubts over the securi...

iOS 8 Wants to Get to Know You Better

Adam Levin | Posted 11.26.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

The take-away, if there is one, is that while the iOS 8 upgrade represents a giant leap forward with regard to what you can do with your smartphone, it also expands your "attackable surface."

Please Protect Me From My Password

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 11.21.2014 | Technology
Tarun Sakhrani

In today's day and age, with technology at our fingertips (quite literally) there has been a bit of an invasion of our personal space and our privacy. Some of it is by our choosing, some of it not so much.

Hackers Bypass Home Depot Debit Card PINs

CreditSesame.com | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
CreditSesame.com

Home Depot hasn't really told us much about their data breach so far, and for that, I say shame on them. One of the few things they did share though, and quite categorically, is that no debit card PINs were exposed in the breach.

Home Depot's Hack Response in Three Little Words

CreditSesame.com | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
CreditSesame.com

If the Home Depot breach turns out to be as bad or worse than the Target breach, certain things will be unavoidable for the home improvement giant. But there are some things the company can do to help reduce the short and long term impact and cost.

Are Those Security Questions Begging You to Lie?

Adam Levin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

As the smoke clears from this latest attack on privacy and our collective sense of decency, it's becoming more and more likely that a deft use of personally identifiable information was used to unlock the nude celebrity photo troves that flooded the Internet.

The Big Lie Behind the Biggest Data Breaches

CreditSesame.com | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
CreditSesame.com

Enough with the data breach excuses already. Not only are they as jaded as the breaches themselves, they're often just not true. In the aftermath of almost every data breach, chances are you're only going to get a boilerplate public statement.

How Much Privacy Are We Willing to Risk For Mobile Connectivity?

Sam Fiorella | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Sam Fiorella

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.

Name Scams: 3 Ways You Can Get Got

Adam Levin | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

The fact is, most everyone will experience some form of identity-related compromise during their lifetime. Yes, you most likely will become a victim.

The Hidden Dangers in Your Kid's Backpack

Adam Levin | Posted 10.07.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

The things your child carries in his or her rucksack can become weapons of your financial destruction if they fall into the wrong hands.

How to Fraud-proof Your Home

Adam Levin | Posted 09.09.2014 | HuffPost Home
Adam Levin

Summer is here. There will be barbecues. Sand will find its way into the strangest places. Your family, extended family, kids' friends and friends of friends -- even complete strangers -- will sail in and out of your home. But that's okay, because you've fraud-proofed your house... right?

Shred, White and Blue: Freedom From Identity Theft?

Adam Levin | Posted 09.02.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

As we ready ourselves to enjoy the colorful symbolism in the evening skies of Independence Day celebrations across the nation, it's crucial that you not allow a little something like document shredding stand between you and the truth.

After the Big Data Breach, Has Target Learned Its Lesson?

Adam Levin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Adam Levin

While there have been surveys that tell a different story, with at least one reporting that more than 60 percent of Target shoppers aren't too worried about their data security, the common wisdom now is that a breach can undo years of brand equity -- and that appears to be the case at Target.

Cybercriminals Have Your Number, But Which One?

Adam Levin | Posted 07.28.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

You probably realize that identity thieves are after your email addresses and passwords, but that's not all they want.

Five Essential Tips for Small Business Data Security

Guy Chiarello | Posted 05.13.2014 | Small Business
Guy Chiarello

While marketing and promotion strategies can accomplish the first two, are small businesses really doing enough to protect their customers' data and reassure them that their personal information is safe?

Data Security: Can Corporations Protect Us From Hackers?

Adam Levin | Posted 07.08.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Gregg Steinhafel's ouster at Target this week was a major C-Suite casualty in corporate America's war on hackers. Sales took a major nosedive after the retailer's big data security breach hit the news last December, with fourth-quarter profits down 46 percent. So what's a CEO to do?

The White House Wants A National Identity Ecosystem: A Bad Idea

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 06.30.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, CTO Ziklag Systems Not wanting to be left out of the massive government surveillance business, the White House is p...