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3 Lessons Learned from the Gmail Password Leak

Hackers recently posted 5 million Gmail username and password combinations on a Russian internet forum, making a wealth of users’ personal information available to other cyber criminals. Google says that many of the password-username pairs were out-of-date, and that only an estimated 2 percent – representing about 100,000 users — were active credentials that would […]

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Celebrity Photo Leak: What You Need To Know, Even If You Aren’t Famous

The recent theft of private photos from celebrities’ digital clouds serves as a cautionary tale even for those of us who aren’t famous. We have previously discussed how hackers posted nude or otherwise sensitive pictures stolen from Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and dozens of other women to the website 4chan. Users then disseminated the photos […]

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Home Depot’s Data Breach Could Be Bigger than Target’s

We previously discussed on this blog early indications that Home Depot may have been the latest major retail chain to fall victim to a large-scale data breach. Last Monday, the home improvement company confirmed the report, saying that the cyber attack on its payment processing systems may date back to April of this year. An […]

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Companies Spending More To Secure Customer Information, But Is It Enough?

Research firm Gartner Inc. is predicting that corporate spending to protect digitally stored information will increase 7.9 percent by the end of the year to a whopping $71.1 billion. Spending on data loss prevention is expected to climb a staggering 18.9 percent in 2014. Companies are investing more than ever in defending the security of […]

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Worried About Credit Fraud? Don’t Pay At the Pump

It sometimes seems as though every day brings news of a fresh way that identity thieves have found to perpetrate credit fraud. Recently, credit card skimming has become more common at American gas stations, with millions of dollars stolen from innocent victims who were just trying to fill up their tanks. About a month ago, […]

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More Than A Million Data Theft Victims In Massachusetts Alone

A staggering estimated 1.2 million Massachusetts residents lost personal or financial information to data theft in 2013 alone, according to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. That means that about one in five people in the state were victims. Experts are linking 80 percent of those cases to the massive Target data breach […]

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What to Do If Your Identity Is Stolen

We all hope never to become victims of identity theft, but the fact is that cyber criminals target millions of Americans every year, making it one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. In fact, according to a recent analysis by the Ponemon Institute, one in two American adults has had personal data […]

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Should You Use Credit or Debit Cards?

With all of the recent large-scale data breaches at companies like Target, healthcare providers like Community Health Services and even banks like JPMorgan, many consumers are asking themselves which is the best way to pay for goods and services – credit, debit or cash? While there are some good reasons for using debit rather than […]

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“Smart” Credit Cards Are Not Smarter Than Identity Thieves

The slew of recent high-profile data breaches at major retailers, restaurants and even healthcare providers across the United States has led many security analysts to call for the implementation of “smart” credit cards, which store consumer data in small, embedded chips rather than on the current magnetic strips. Credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard, American […]

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How To Create Secure Passwords

One of the most important steps you can take to guard your privacy and protect yourself from becoming the victim of identity theft is to create secure passwords that are unlikely to be guessed by hackers. In fact, Microsoft’s renowned TechNet blog calls this one of the “10 Immutable Laws of Security.” “Choose a complex […]

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Social Networks May Know More About You Than You Think

You may be surprised to learn that every time you visit the profile of another Facebook user, Mark Zuckerberg’s team knows. Stay logged in on a given computer, tablet or smartphone, and the social network can also see any web pages that you view on that device. “We receive data from or about the computer, […]

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Celebrities’ Personal Cloud Accounts Hacked

A recent attack on cloud accounts belonging to about 20 celebrities is underscoring the importance of employing sophisticated password protection across all of your devices. The hackers stole nude photos of stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Lea Michele from their private accounts and leaked them on the Internet. Initially, it appeared that the […]

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