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The privacy and identity protection risks of online dating
August 20, 2018

​If you believe online dating advertisements, your perfect romantic match is out there, just waiting for you to connect. What dating sites don’t advertise is all the other risks that might be waiting for you, too. Online dating has the potential to compromise your privacy, your reputation, and…

​If you believe online dating advertisements, your perfect romantic match is out there, just waiting for you to connect. What dating sites don’t advertise is all the other risks that might be waiting for you, too. Online dating has the potential to compromise your privacy, your reputation, and…

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Starting Your Own Business? Don't Forget Security
April 30, 2018

​Are you the entrepreneurial type? Have you considered stepping away from the corporate game and becoming your own boss? If you have, you are in excellent company! According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), there are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States,…

​Are you the entrepreneurial type? Have you considered stepping away from the corporate game and becoming your own boss? If you have, you are in excellent company! According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), there are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States,…

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Cloud Storage: Is Your Personal Information Safe?
April 23, 2018

​Over the next few years, it’s likely that more and more of your information is going to live “in the cloud” (translation: in a data center somewhere on the Internet). Between documents, music, movies, photos, and apps, most of us are accumulating vast amounts of digital content. Cloud…

​Over the next few years, it’s likely that more and more of your information is going to live “in the cloud” (translation: in a data center somewhere on the Internet). Between documents, music, movies, photos, and apps, most of us are accumulating vast amounts of digital content. Cloud…

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Teaching Kids to Download (or Not Download) Safely
April 02, 2018

Several months ago, researchers discovered dozens of malware-infected game apps on the Google Play store. The games were targeted at children, and the malware in them displayed advertisements for porn and tried to trick the users into installing fake security software that contained spyware. Even…

Several months ago, researchers discovered dozens of malware-infected game apps on the Google Play store. The games were targeted at children, and the malware in them displayed advertisements for porn and tried to trick the users into installing fake security software that contained spyware. Even…

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How to Prevent Eavesdropping by Mobile Apps
March 19, 2018

​“This app requires permission to access your camera and microphone.” ​We’ve all seen this message pop up on our smart devices. Apps can do some pretty cool things for us with the sights and sounds they gather, but the same information can be used to invade our privacy or worse.…

​“This app requires permission to access your camera and microphone.” ​We’ve all seen this message pop up on our smart devices. Apps can do some pretty cool things for us with the sights and sounds they gather, but the same information can be used to invade our privacy or worse.…

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How to Help Kids Surf the Internet Safely
March 05, 2018

​This generation is a digital one: a recent Nielsen study shows that over 75% of kids are on a mobile plan by the time they’re 12 years old, and most of those plans include text messaging and data. Another study found that kids under 9 are already spending more than 2 hours a day on screens.…

​This generation is a digital one: a recent Nielsen study shows that over 75% of kids are on a mobile plan by the time they’re 12 years old, and most of those plans include text messaging and data. Another study found that kids under 9 are already spending more than 2 hours a day on screens.…

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Six Tips for Choosing Safe Mobile Applications
February 19, 2018

​Whatever your interests and needs, you can bet someone has invented an app for that. Mobile applications help us stay informed, organized, healthy, and entertained. However, there are also dangerous apps that let criminals help themselves to your identity and resources. Mobile malware is…

​Whatever your interests and needs, you can bet someone has invented an app for that. Mobile applications help us stay informed, organized, healthy, and entertained. However, there are also dangerous apps that let criminals help themselves to your identity and resources. Mobile malware is…

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April 30, 2017

Spies and FBI agents on TV are always checking their rooms for listening devices, to see if they’re being bugged. But in the real world, have you ever thought that even you could be a victim of such heart-racing espionage? With easy-to-install spyware, your phone can be turned into a surveillance…

Spies and FBI agents on TV are always checking their rooms for listening devices, to see if they’re being bugged. But in the real world, have you ever thought that even you could be a victim of such heart-racing espionage? With easy-to-install spyware, your phone can be turned into a surveillance…

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What is the Dark Web? A Glimpse into the Unknown
March 26, 2017

If you ever watch TV thrillers, from Mr. Robot to Law & Order: SVU, you’ve heard about the Dark Web, where criminals traffic in guns, drugs, or worse, and deadly deeds are planned. It makes for exciting fiction, but the Dark Web is real and you could become one of its victims if you stray…

If you ever watch TV thrillers, from Mr. Robot to Law & Order: SVU, you’ve heard about the Dark Web, where criminals traffic in guns, drugs, or worse, and deadly deeds are planned. It makes for exciting fiction, but the Dark Web is real and you could become one of its victims if you stray…

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Beware of Malware in Disguise
March 23, 2017

Did you know that your computer can download malicious software without you even knowing it? It’s called a “drive-by download,” and it can happen when you visit a perfectly legitimate website, sometimes without you even clicking on a link. Bad guys can hide viruses, spyware, or just unwanted…

Did you know that your computer can download malicious software without you even knowing it? It’s called a “drive-by download,” and it can happen when you visit a perfectly legitimate website, sometimes without you even clicking on a link. Bad guys can hide viruses, spyware, or just unwanted…

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6 Lessons from the Gmail Hack
March 12, 2017

Imagine receiving an email in your Gmail inbox from a friend. The subject line pertains to something you’ve been discussing recently, and there’s an attachment you’ve been expecting. So you click on the attachment and for some reason a new tab opens up, prompting you to sign in again to your…

Imagine receiving an email in your Gmail inbox from a friend. The subject line pertains to something you’ve been discussing recently, and there’s an attachment you’ve been expecting. So you click on the attachment and for some reason a new tab opens up, prompting you to sign in again to your…

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In the News
Watch for Credit Card Scams at Checkout
February 19, 2017

You’ve probably heard of the 2013 uber-breach at Target in which criminals gained access to about 40 million customer credit cards. That’s just the best known of numerous data breaches that “target” point-of-sale, or POS, systems. Criminals can steal physical credit cards or hack into…

You’ve probably heard of the 2013 uber-breach at Target in which criminals gained access to about 40 million customer credit cards. That’s just the best known of numerous data breaches that “target” point-of-sale, or POS, systems. Criminals can steal physical credit cards or hack into…

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Online Advertising Just Got Dangerous
February 14, 2017

Online ads can tell you about products you might be interested in, alert you to breaking news, remind you of items you’ve left in your shopping cart … and infect your computer with malicious software, or malware, that can be used to steal your personal and financial data. The latter, darker…

Online ads can tell you about products you might be interested in, alert you to breaking news, remind you of items you’ve left in your shopping cart … and infect your computer with malicious software, or malware, that can be used to steal your personal and financial data. The latter, darker…

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Keeping Mobile Data Private
February 12, 2017

For many of us, our smart phones function as our personal assistants, social calendars, computers, cameras, banking terminals, virtual shopping malls, and, of course, phones. Mobile life is incredibly convenient, but as we entrust more and more of our lives to mobile devices, we’re also…

For many of us, our smart phones function as our personal assistants, social calendars, computers, cameras, banking terminals, virtual shopping malls, and, of course, phones. Mobile life is incredibly convenient, but as we entrust more and more of our lives to mobile devices, we’re also…

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In the News
Arrrr! Prepare Not to be Boarded
October 02, 2016

How are you with multiple-choice questions? Well, here’s one for you: You’re working away on your laptop when it stops responding to the keyboard, then the screen fills with a skull-and-crossbones image made of dollar signs. Do you: Say “Look, it’s an ad for that new Pirates of the…

How are you with multiple-choice questions? Well, here’s one for you: You’re working away on your laptop when it stops responding to the keyboard, then the screen fills with a skull-and-crossbones image made of dollar signs. Do you: Say “Look, it’s an ad for that new Pirates of the…

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September 08, 2016

When you hear “encryption,” what do you think of first? Do you think of the World War II code-breakers at Bletchley House, recently made famous by a BBC drama and the movie The Imitation Game? Do you think of the recent legal battle between Apple, Inc. and the FBI? Or do you think of all those…

When you hear “encryption,” what do you think of first? Do you think of the World War II code-breakers at Bletchley House, recently made famous by a BBC drama and the movie The Imitation Game? Do you think of the recent legal battle between Apple, Inc. and the FBI? Or do you think of all those…

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In the News
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August 21, 2016

You’ve seen them: the ads with sensational headlines about celebrity breakups, or before and after photos of the latest and greatest diet. Well, those are what the online advertising industry calls “clickbait,” provocative or sensational content used to motivate users to click on a link. At…

You’ve seen them: the ads with sensational headlines about celebrity breakups, or before and after photos of the latest and greatest diet. Well, those are what the online advertising industry calls “clickbait,” provocative or sensational content used to motivate users to click on a link. At…

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August 18, 2016

Are you someone who always knows what’s trending online? The latest breaking news, the trending memes, or Twitter buzz? You can find out a lot online, but surfing the internet can also teach some hard lessons. Browsing mistakes can lead to identity theft or get your computer infected with malware…

Are you someone who always knows what’s trending online? The latest breaking news, the trending memes, or Twitter buzz? You can find out a lot online, but surfing the internet can also teach some hard lessons. Browsing mistakes can lead to identity theft or get your computer infected with malware…

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August 11, 2016

The internet is a dangerous place. Even if you’re careful where you browse and what you download, one little mistake could result in your personal information being stolen or lost. But help is available: you can “hire” a full-time security guard for your computer. Security software is not…

The internet is a dangerous place. Even if you’re careful where you browse and what you download, one little mistake could result in your personal information being stolen or lost. But help is available: you can “hire” a full-time security guard for your computer. Security software is not…

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