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The Heartbleed Calls That Never Came

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On April 7, all of the daily email blasts we received had the same word in the subject line. That word was Heartbleed. Keep reading to learn how to take measures to protect yourself and your information because Heartbleed (whether everyone knows it or not) is a serious bug, but there are security steps you can take today. After all, a bug in your computer is not unlike a bug in your body, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Read More

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CSID Recommends Using a VPN to Stop Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

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CSID, a company that offers identity protection for businesses, released a white paper entitled “When Good Technology Goes Bad: Evolution of Mobile Technology,” which describes how our culture has been completely transformed by mobile technology and public WiFi networks. So what can you do to stay safe? Check out the advice and tips from CSID. Read More

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Pew Study: More Americans Say They’ve Experienced Personal Data Breach

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Although some would argue that 100% of Americans have had their privacy stolen by the NSA, the assumption among others is actually the opposite: a belief that they are safe online, immune from hackers, and impervious to data breaches. Read More

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Sophos’ Warbiking Campaign Shows Insecurities In Wireless Connections

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IT firm Sophos wanted to find out whether people were connecting to wireless networks securely and identified 72,000 wireless networks around San Francisco in a matter of days. How did these networks fare when it comes to WiFi security? Who is using the best security? And HOW many connected to Sophos's fake public WiFi network? Read More

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Identity Theft Anyone? How the ITRC Call Center and Other Resources Help Victims In Need

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The ITRC has been educating consumers about the real risk of identity theft since 1999. One of the notions that the general public has is that identity theft can’t or won’t happen to them. There are a variety of reasons that people will cite, such as “I don’t have good credit,” “my identity isn’t worth stealing,” and “I don’t make enough money to be an attractive target.” While these sound like logical reasons, the fact is that your identity can be valuable outside of just the financial realm. Read More

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Google Says Collecting Data From Unencrypted WiFi Networks Isn’t Illegal

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Do you think it’s legal to collect data transmitted over unencrypted WiFi networks?  Google does. That’s why it has gone to the highest court in the land to get a final decision on one of the most hotly debated legal issues of our time. The stakes couldn’t be higher for Google and for WiFi users everywhere. Read More

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Heartbleed: A Message From PRIVATE WiFi’s CEO

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Let’s start with the good news: you are still safe. The latest Heartbleed situation -- which is a software bug, not a virus -- has not endangered the privacy and security of our customers' communications.

But one of our industry's most respected security analysts claims "catastrophic" is the right word for Heartbleed, because "on the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11." Read More

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Digital by Design: Your Secret Consumer Scores and How They Are Used Against You

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How likely are you to lose your job? What are the odds that you will take that medication your doctor prescribed to you? Are you the kind of person who will take your business to a competitor?

These are not just abstract questions. They are actual secret “consumer scores” that big data compiles on you and every adult in the U.S. to help companies and the government predict your behavior. Read More

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Privacy and Your Facebook Photos, Round 4,524: FTC Charges Operators of Jerk.com With Deceiving Consumers

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Napster co-founder John Fanning is one of the operators of a website called Jerk.com, now in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly stealing personal information from Facebook. The sophomoric salesmen at Jerk.com have claimed that all the personal information they obtained from Facebook was publicly available. Which side do you believe? Read More

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Meet Heartbleed: The Huge New Security Flaw for Secure Websites

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Have you heard of Heartbleed? This is a big deal if you care about your online security, as attackers can steal your website login information as well as other sensitive information like any credit card information exchanged with an online retailer website like Amazon and others.

What can you do? Keep reading. Read More

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