Let’s Play Identity Theft Roulette

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It’s the fabulous new game that’s sweeping the globe.  Every day you hear about some organization losing someone’s personal information.  These activities go from the simple act of finding someone’s paper credit card statement to sophisticated hackers stealing customer data from a website or database.  It can get a little overwhelming sometimes and make you feel like you are in …

I Can Steal Your Credit Card If You Talk So Loud

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Everyone is so focused on identity theft through electronic means that many people forget about simply stealing something by listening.  The other day I was in my public library, when a woman came in and wanted to use the Internet.  She said her computer had died at home and she needed to do a few things online.  She went over …

The Cone of Silence

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Do you remember the Cone of Silence in the old Get Smart TV show?  It was great.  The Chief and Max would lower the cone so no one could hear what they said.  It was a funny, but effective, way of keeping a conversation secure. The best part was that most of the time it didn’t work.  The mechanism would …

Privacy and Cloud Computing

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A few months ago, I wrote a post about Cloud Security.  But what about privacy?  Or are they the same thing? When I think about privacy, I think about personal information stored in the cloud.  If I’m a merchant, I probably have my customers’ credit card information, home address and phone numbers.  If I’m a health care provider, I might …

Have you Deleted your Facebook Account?

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May 31, 2010 … a day that may live in social networking infamy. Or it may pass with a whimper.  Some dubbed this day Quit Facebook Day. There is a Quit Facebook Day website for those who want to protest and delete their accounts.   As of this writing there are 32,649 people who say they will quit. While that’s not …

Make Sure Your CPA Complies with Privacy Laws

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All financial organizations, including accounting, tax preparation and CPA firms, must comply with The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999.  This legislation protects consumers’ private financial information and controls the collection and disclosure of that information by CPAs, accountants and tax preparers. These firms must have safeguards in place to protect your tax …

Opt Out of Facebook Instant Personalization Program

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Facebook and its opt-out / opt-in policy of privacy is getting a lot of people hot and bothered.  There is a legitimate beef about a company that changes privacy policies on the fly without regard to its customer’s concerns.  Recently, Elliot Schrage, vice president for public policy at Facebook, answered privacy questions and admitted that they are not doing a …

Remove Metadata from Documents to Ensure Privacy

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Metadata is data about data or something that describes your information.  Its value is making it easy for you to search for information.  Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines use metadata to help you find the website or piece of information that meets your needs.  Content management systems and your local computer use metadata when you search for a …

Privacy Questions at Blippy after Data Breach

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Last week, social networking site Blippy issued an apology to customers for accidentally revealing personal information on the internet, including credit card numbers.  This shouldn’t really be a surprise, since Blippy is a service that lets you reveal your credit card purchases to your friends.  This isn’t as bad as it seems, since Blippy takes the raw credit card transaction …

Privacy violation? Watch out where you put your files

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A man in Florida was arrested and charged last September with possessing and distributing child pornography.  Law enforcement based the charges on evidence gathered from a USB drive he left in a shared computer at the Bradford County Emergency Services (BCES).  This week a federal judge ruled that he waived his privacy claims to the content on that device, because …