Verizon just released its highly anticipated 2014 Data Breach Investigation Report (which reports on security incidents for 2013) and it contains some bad news: the bad guys are getting better and better at hacking into our computers and network servers.
Tagged: online privacy
From the “too ridiculous to be true” files — especially given the increasing number of data breaches at companies large and small — is the news that the most common corporate password is “Password1” because it just barely meets the minimum complexity requirements for length, capitalization, and numerical figures.
This data is from a report that shares the 7 biggest pitfalls and perils of corporate online security. Turns out that the costs of lost reputation, brand value, and tarnished image are just as serious as the financial ramifications of cleaning up a corporate data breach.
Have you heard about the Digital Shadow tool, a promotion for the game Watch Dogs? The folks behind Digital Shadow allege that “you are not an individual, you are a data cluster” which is certainly scary enough to make you think a little bit more about your online privacy settings and what you’re sharing on the “love to hate it” social network.
“Access your digital shadow and see what we see” is the tag line for Digital Shadow. Read more now.
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.
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.