Monthly Archive: April 2013

Google, Yahoo, Other Tech Giants Support CISPA

Earlier this month, a high-tech trade group representing Google, Yahoo, Oracle, and Cisco came out in support of CISPA, the controversial cybersecurity bill currently being debated in Congress.

This group, called TechNet, says the bill addresses the need for industry and government to be able to share cyberthreats information in real time.

Click to find out why this is a troubling development and one that could directly impact your sensitive personal information!

‘Today Show’ Endorses PRIVATE WiFi for Consumer Security

The Today Show has joined the ranks of other high-profile media outlets to endorse PRIVATE WiFi’s cutting-edge personal VPN technology. Click below to watch the feature segment by Mario Armstrong, Today’s digital lifestyle contributor, who explains how a private VPN creates a “secure tunnel” between you and any would-be hackers.

Hot Coffee: Know Your Identity-Theft Hotspots

While ordering a hot cup of caffeine and hooking up to free internet has obvious advantages, many consumers aren’t aware that they’re in potentially dangerous “hot zones” for identity theft. Read on to learn more ways hackers harvest your personal information through your internet connection.

ACLU Files FTC Complaint

The ACLU claims that the four major mobile carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint — are not doing enough to protect users’ private and personal data related to security updates on their Android devices. The ACLU says the mobile providers are all using a “deceptive and unfair business practice” — but what exactly are they doing?

Click to find out what security holes could be compromising your Android mobile phone.

 

Your Online Security is Only as Strong as Your Weakest Password

Let’s just admit it: the passwords we use online are not very good. And we probably use the same one over many different online accounts.

Maybe you have had your accounts hacked in the past (who among us has not had their Facebook account hacked?), or maybe you haven’t, but it’s good to remember that our online security is only as good as our weakest password. Read on for information on “brute force” hacking and more tips to implement today.

Paying for “Free” Wireless With Your Data: Social WiFi

What happens when WiFi becomes socialized and companies start harnessing the power of social media to drive business? That is where, Purple WiFi enters the arena, and if the concept of “Social WiFi” makes you weary, you are on the right path. You end up paying for that “free” WiFi, with your most valuable asset: your data!

Fraud Facts: FTC Video, Insurance Infographic Help Identity Theft Victims

Are  you a social worker, attorney, or someone who likes helping others work to help resolve the issues identity theft causes?

If so, check out a new video from the Federal Trade Commission. The video is designed to help facilitators who assist consumers in repairing their identity.  Entitled Helping Victims of Identity Theft, it’s the latest addition to the FTC’s library of resources that explain not only how to recognize identity theft, but also how to report it and repair the damage it can cause.

The FTC says it gets more complaints about identity theft each year than any other consumer issue, and estimates that nine million consumers become identity theft victims each year.

Other studies say that every three seconds, someone becomes a victim of identity theft. Click to check out this infographic made by insurance provider Protect Your Bubble.

Hacked in the Halls of Justice: Without a VPN, Court WiFi Hotspots Aren’t Secure

Just because you’re in the halls of justice doesn’t mean your sensitive information is secure when you use a WiFi hotspot there.

Courts around the country that offer free WiFi are warning users they should be aware of the risks. Find out what you need to know to protect your personal data when you use their free wireless networks on jury duty.

Oregon University Medical Data Breach Leaks Patients’ Social Security Numbers

It’s a question worth asking your healthcare provider: are you doing the bare minimum to meet federal HIPAA standards or are you actually using common sense to protect my sensitive medical information?

That’s the concern after another data breach rocked Oregon Health & Science University. It reported on March 25 that a surgeon’s unencrypted laptop was stolen from a vacation rental home in Hawaii. The stolen laptop contained medical record numbers, types and dates of surgeries, names of surgeons of 4,022 patients, and (worst of all) the Social Security numbers for at least 17 confirmed patients.

Click to find out what other data breaches have rocked other healthcare facilities in 2013 — and why one security firm calls the low rate of hacking during the past few years merely “the calm before the storm” when it comes to our protected health information.

 

Report: Tablet Users Are 80% More Likely to Be Victims of Identity Fraud

American consumers love tablets and so do hackers. The 2013 Javelin Strategy & Research Identity Fraud Report found that tablet users in the U.S. are far more likely to be victims of identity fraud than all consumers.

That could be because tablets aren’t secure; and most tablet users make matters worse by not using security software. Find out what you can do to make sure your tablet doesn’t get you into trouble when you connect to Wifi hotspots.