The Department of Justice recently released a report on identity theft victims for 2012 entitled Victims of Identity Theft. In just one year, 7% of the population — that’s more than 16 million U.S. residents age 16 or older — were victims of identity theft. Losses from identity theft came to an astounding $24.7 billion.
Tagged: online privacy
The Department of Homeland Security is advising users to stop using the popular Internet Explorer browser after a vulnerability was discovered over the weekend. Find out everything you need to know to surf safely online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Privacy and Your Facebook Photos, Round 4,524: FTC Charges Operators of Jerk.com With Deceiving Consumers
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?
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.
Parents, kids; we’re all online. And lately? More than ever. A survey from both LifeLock and the National PTA found that 72% of children 8 and under had access to mobile media in 2013, compared to 38% in 2011. Most concerning to parents is the dangerously high risk of young kids being exposed to damaging content or cybercriminals.
Should we allow public WiFi networks to be used for surveillance purposes? Should law enforcement be allowed to store mobile-device data on all citizens (not just those involved in an investigation)? If you agree that we all have an inherent right to privacy, check out this article about what the Seattle police are doing now.
Bad habits? Risky behaviors? What you don’t know about cloud computing could hurt your company. Check out the findings from a new study that suggests that employees who use these applications are exposing their organizations to security breaches and data losses at a much higher rate than non-cloud users.