Hackers Having A Field Day With Data Breaches

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In the last few weeks, hackers have been taking advantage of lazy security practices on websites.  In two incidents involving the adult entertainment industry, almost 2 million customers have had usernames, passwords, email addresses, dates of birth and other personal information exposed. On February 11, 2012, Luxembourg based Manwin Holding SARL had a data breach that compromised 350,000 user records, …

9 Shopping Tips for Cyber Monday

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Hopefully you ate all of your Thanksgiving holiday food and are ready to start your holiday shopping with a bang.  Based on reports I read over the weekend, Black Friday was a great success for the brick and mortar stores in the US.  A lot of people started their shopping at midnight last Friday or got up to get in …

Think Before You Click To Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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The most serious economic and security challenges we face are cyber threats.  This is not just true in the United States, but everywhere.  Economic prosperity and competitiveness in the 21st Century depends on effective cybersecurity and ensuring the safety of everyone online.  Since more and more of us get our news, interact, do business and play online, it’s important to …

How To Get Rid Of Conficker

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For those who have never heard of it, Conficker is a computer worm that targets Microsoft Windows systems and creates a botnet; a collection of compromised computers connected to the Internet, used for malicious purposes.  The good news is that the worm’s purpose is not to destroy your computer or its data.  The bad news is that it connects with …

Independence From Cybercrime

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Yesterday the United States celebrated Independence Day, which marks the day that the 13 original colonies declared their independence from Great Britain.  Many of the complaints were that the colonists were not treated fairly and their rights as English subjects were being undermined. Back in 1776 mass communication was a slow process.  News took awhile to get from town to …

What To Do When Your Credit Card Is Hacked

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Credit cards and financial data are the currency of the realm today.  50 years ago a measure of wealth was a large roll of cash.  Today it’s credit.  Most of us use our credit cards for just about everything.  I use mine to buy food, gasoline, clothing, prescriptions, movies and everything I buy online.  So if someone steals my credit …

What the PBS Hack Can Teach Us

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This past weekend, the PBS website was hacked and erroneous headlines were posted.  The headline everyone has focused on is that rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and living in New Zealand; he died in 1996.  A group calling itself LulzSec claimed responsibility and said this was a response to broadcasts of a program on WikiLeaks that it didn’t like.  What …

How to Prevent Social Engineering from Sinking You

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Social engineering is the act of coercing or manipulating people into divulging confidential information or into taking actions that allow someone to steal confidential information.  This is very different from using technical hacking techniques or exploiting computer or networking weaknesses to get this information.  Social engineering works on our psychology.  Just think of all the ads and scams that play …

10 Tips for Cyber Monday

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As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States I was thinking about how many people will start online shopping soon.  The Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday, but the Monday after is called Cyber Monday.  A lot of people will get up at crazy hours on Friday morning to be the first in line to get great …

Take Action During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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October 2010 marks the seventh annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the United States, sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Now that the 33 Chilean miners are safely back with their families, it’s time to turn your attention to being safe when you go online. Today a lot of people get their news and information from the …