Monthly Archive: April 2012

Weak Password Management, Employee Theft to Blame After Two Recent Medicaid Cyber Attacks

Attention, Medicaid recipients in Utah and South Carolina!

If you or a loved one uses Medicaid or either state’s program for children, be sure to urge them to monitor their credit reports, bank accounts, and other areas.

Why? Because those are the key areas hackers could target with the information obtained after a recent theft of personal information of approximately 182,000 beneficiaries of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in Utah, and another 228,435 Medicaid beneficiaries in South Carolina.

Why Protecting Your Wireless Security Should Begin at Home

By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard that revealing sensitive information at Wifi hotspots is like playing Russian Roulette with your identity.  But you may not know that your network security can also be easily compromised when you’re using Wifi in the privacy of your own home.


Video: Ron Paul Calls CISPA ‘Latest Assault on Internet Freedom’

The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on the CISPA cyber-security legislation, despite claims from privacy groups, technology experts, and even Congressman Ron Paul.

Paul has called CISPA “Big Brother writ large, putting the resources of private industry to work for the nefarious purpose of spying on the American people.”


Remember the uproar over SOPA a few months ago? Don’t look now, but there’s another bill currently being debated in the House of Representatives that some people are calling the next SOPA.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the cyber-security legislation Friday, despite claims from privacy groups and technology experts.

Consumer Reports: Most People Worried About Online Privacy, Personal Data, Employer Bias, Privacy Policies

Like most of us concerned with online privacy, a new Consumer Reports survey echoes the sentiments of the day.

A whopping 71% of consumers have serious concerns about their online privacy and about the collection and use of their personal data. Among smartphone users, the big worry — among 65% of consumers — is that apps could access their contacts, photos, and location data without their permission. And 53% are concerned that data from their online activities and purchases could be used to deny employment or loans.

These findings came from a recent telephone survey among 1,017 random adults that described several common privacy concerns.

Facebook, Dropbox, LinkedIn: Flaw in Some Mobile Apps Exposes Users to Identity Theft

There is a newly discovered security flaw exposing iOS and possibly Android smartphone users to identity theft, specifically when using the mobile apps for Facebook, Dropbox, and LinkedIn.

The problem is that the apps’ security settings save users’ authentication keys in unencrypted plain text files (called plists) and that could easily be stolen by copying the plist from one iOS or Android device and pasting it into the same directory on another device.

Facebook has issued a statement, effectively blaming the security gaffe on jailbroken devices:

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There’s an App for Everything…Even Identity Theft

While most of us never thought we would be able to order a pizza from a phone while driving down the freeway, this is now the reality.  These apps can be incredibly helpful, but users must remain cautious and alert in order to protect themselves.  The steps outlined in this post should help do just that.



WiFi Snooping: Wait, Isn’t that Illegal?

I am often asked if viewing another person’s Internet communications is illegal.

You would think it would be, right? It seems like a no-brainer.

The surprising answer is actually no. In the United States, at least, it is perfectly legal.

Should You Share Your Social Media Passwords with a Potential Employer?

Would you ever share your Facebook or Twitter login information if a potential employer asked for it? What if you getting the job depended on it?

According to the Associated Press, more and more employers are asking for this information from job applicants so they access the applicant’s social media accounts from company computers.

Most of the time, security and government agencies are the ones asking for social media login information. If you’re applying for this type of job, you probably aren’t expecting a lot of personal privacy.

What Seniors Need to Know About Online Identity Theft

Thanks to advances in healthcare, seniors can look forward to living longer and more productive lives than ever before.  But increasingly, something they haven’t bargained for may also be in their future – the prospect of becoming a victim of online identity theft and online fraud.  If you’re a senior, find out how to protect yourself from the silent crime that could mar your golden years.