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Celebrity Scams and Social Media

The internet thrives on the public’s interest in celebrities. It is no wonder then why scammers and hackers use celebrities’ identities in order to lure unsuspecting consumers into their traps.  It seems as though a celebrity’s status can be measured on whether or not they have had a scam posted using their name.  You’re nobody until someone runs a Facebook scam about you.

 

 

 

Wifi Hacking and Identity Theft Rise on the Road: How to Protect Yourself When You Travel

When Americans hit the road, identity theft goes through the roof. That’s because travelers rely more heavily on wireless devices that can be hacked or lost.  They’re also distracted or disoriented when they’re away from home which makes them ideal targets for data thieves. Learn what you can to do to prevent your life from being stolen when you’re away from home.

 

Selling Consumers’ Privacy: How You Can Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Credit Fraud

Have you ever wondered why some companies seem to know more about you than your friends and relatives do?  That could be because your personal information is a commodity that’s sold by credit bureaus – not only to lenders, but to other companies that sell it and resell it. According to the FTC, three of those credit report resellers unknowingly handed over 1,800 consumer credit reports to hackers because their security procedures were so lax.  Find out what you can do to protect your identity when your privacy is for sale.

 

Sharing on Social Networks Could Lead to an Un-Happy Holiday: The Social Media Privacy Report

It is the time of year when giving becomes a top priority. And while presents and exchanges of food and drink are the standard during the holidays, make sure you aren’t giving a thief too much information via social media networks. This can give a criminal the potential to burglarize you; turning your holiday joy into sadness. Think of your privacy, security and safety before you post!

Tis the Season to Get Hacked: Don’t Become a Holiday Cybercrime Victim

It’s that time of year again.  Cyber Monday, the day after Thanksgiving weekend, is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.  And  cyber grinches have your personal financial information on their holiday shopping list. Find out what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of holiday cybercrime.

Klout: Measuring Social Influence While Invading Your Privacy

It might sound like harmless: Klout is an online ranking and measuring tool that uses an algorithm to determine a user’s influence in the social sphere. Monitoring activity on sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, Klout ranks users and gives them a score that indicates how influential they are to their social community. Now, as most social tools, Klout is facing privacy troubles.

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Online Holiday Shopping Tips

This holiday season will no doubt bring a rise in online shopping. While there is no match for the convenience of online shopping, unfortunately, things can go wrong while shopping in cyberspace. Sometimes it is simply a case of a computer glitch or poor customer service. Other times, shoppers are cheated by clever “cybercrooks”. Here are a few ways that shoppers can protect themselves while shopping online this holiday season.

 

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Boingo, the World’s Leading Wifi Provider, Calls Hotspots Inherently Insecure, Recommends VPNs

The “world’s leading” provider of wifi call hotspots inherently insecure, and that individual users need to take responsibility for their privacy and security. Indeed, their #1 recommendation is to use a personal VPN. Click the headline above for what this means before you log on in a wireless hotspot again!