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Gerry Smith

Shopping Online May Actually Be Safer Than Shopping In Person

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.15.2014 | Technology

The list of major retailers that have been hacked keeps growing. But while tens of millions of people have seen their credit card numbers fall into th...

Grindr, OkCupid Are Failing To Take This Basic Security Measure, Researchers Say

The Huffington Post | Kerry Flynn | Posted 09.09.2014 | Technology

Top social and dating apps, including Instagram, OkCupid, GroupMe, and Grindr, could give hackers access to what users think are private messages, acc...

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.

Can One of These Obsessions Get You Scammed?

Adam Levin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

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.

4 Misconceptions About Cloud Based POS Systems

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

For the uninitiated, a POS system is simply a computerized network operated by a main computer and linked to several checkout terminals. Cloud based systems have moved that main computer off site, typically to a number of servers hosted and maintained by a third party service.

Change Your Password With LEET

Shelly Palmer | Posted 10.18.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

I am an advocate of strong passwords -- inconvenient, long, strong passwords.  7-1d7w!Ka was my Yahoo! password until a few hours ago.  Can you guess the phrase I based it on?  Hint: It's written in LEET and it is a famous phrase from the 1939 movie classic, The Wizard of Oz.  Got it?

Who Should We Fear, Big Brother or Big Data?

Meryl Chertoff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Technology
Meryl Chertoff

There is a growing discomfort with this loss of privacy.

Geo-Fencing: Just One Tool to Protect Kids From Cyber Bullying

Diana Graber | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

I'll be the first to admit it, parents today need all the help they can get, especially when it comes to keeping track of our kids and their behaviors, virtually and physically. But just like a physical fence can be scaled or circumvented, so can a virtual fence

These Online Security Tips Are Terrible

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 04.21.2014 | Comedy

Are you concerned about your internet security in the wake of Heartbleed? Then watch this video above to find out everything you should NOT do to prot...

How to Protect Against the Heartbleed Security Flaw (Slideshow)

Larry Magid | Posted 06.11.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

First, don't panic. This is a serious problem but you need to put it into perspective. While there is clearly a vulnerability, there are so far no reports of the flaw being exploited. And even though this flaw has been around for the past two years, almost all the major sites have fixed it -- in some cases, in the last few days.

The Mad State of Malware

Joe Ross | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology
Joe Ross

When protecting against any type of malware, education is the first step. Employees should be coached on the causes and effects of these types of malware, how they are being transmitted and what to do if they think their device might be compromised.

Email Follies Plague Corporate America

Daniel Garrie | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology
Daniel Garrie

It is beyond refute that for every email sent, there's an excellent chance that someone, or many persons, may have kept a copy.

The Surprising Mistake Post 50s Are Making Online

Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty

Just because they're considered "mature adults" doesn't mean post 50s are immune to the same kind of drama endured by teens on Facebook. A new survey ...

Consider the NSA, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and JC Penney -- Who Can You Trust?

Navin Nagiah | Posted 11.25.2013 | Technology
Navin Nagiah

This is both a problem and a debate that won't go away any time soon. How much security do we need? How much liberty are we willing to give up for that security? Who makes that determination?

Sharing a Back-to-School Poem

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Hemanshu Nigam

A child can grow empowered with the skills, experiences, and mind-set needed to tackle the world whether confronted by an intellectual challenge, a physical impediment or an online safety, security or privacy dilemma.

The Tweet That Helped a Criminal Break into Jail

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 10.09.2013 | Crime
Hemanshu Nigam

The Internet represents a double-edged sword for police, providing endless clues to criminal activities while offering criminals countless opportunities to prey upon victims.

Google Chrome Has A Huge Security Hole

The Huffington Post | Dino Grandoni | Posted 08.08.2013 | Technology

Google Chrome, the most popular web browser in the U.S., lets you save passwords for websites, so that every time you want to visit Facebook, Tumblr o...

Here's How Easily Someone Could Hack Into Your Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 10.18.2013 | Entertainment

If you're reading this, there's 69 percent chance you will become a victim of hacking at some point in your lifetime. And if you think protecting your...

The Internet Knows More About You Than You Think (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 10.18.2013 | Entertainment

Paranoid about your online footprint? You should be. It's easier than ever for cyber thieves to access your personal data, and something as simple and...

The 10 Dumbest Risks You Can Take With a Smartphone

Adam Levin | Posted 04.02.2013 | Technology
Adam Levin

If you think of your smartphone as just a phone, rather than a very powerful mini-computer that happens to make phone calls, you may be cruising for a world of pain.

Oracle Issues Java Fix, But Is Still In Hot Water

AP | RYAN NAKASHIMA | Posted 03.16.2013 | Technology

LOS ANGELES — Oracle Corp. said Monday it has released a fix for the flaw in its Java software that raised an alarm from the U.S. Department of ...

9 Ways Disconnecting Doesn't Make You Any Safer

Adam Levin | Posted 03.11.2013 | Technology
Adam Levin

As we begin 2013, it's worth remembering how much is beyond our control. The most fastidious, organized and self-protective among us are vulnerable every minute of every day.

Intel, McAfee Look to Redefine Consumer Security

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 03.09.2013 | Technology
Jeff Hindenach

At the Consumer Electronics Show today, Intel and McAfee announced new technology that they've been developing over the past year. The announcement couldn't come at a better time for McAfee, which spent much of December trying to distance itself from bad press surrounding its founder.

CryptoParties: Digital Self Defense Classes

Brian Penny | Posted 02.27.2013 | Technology
Brian Penny

Digital security is more important than ever as our dependence on computers evolves. While you may not be a technically inclined person, you exist in the internet.

Sign a Family Contract for Online Safety and Smart Use of Technology

Larry Magid | Posted 02.09.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

The idea of a contract, or series of pledges, is to get everyone in the family on board as to what it means to use today's technologies safely and smartly. This includes understanding privacy, security and maintaining your reputation as well as some basic pointers about making sure you stay safe online.