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How Thieves Could Use A Simple USB Drive To Steal Your Identity

Picture this: You’re surfing the Internet while waiting for your flight to board, when the man sitting next to you asks if he can charge his Android through your laptop’s USB port, having forgotten his charger at home. You oblige. Unbeknownst to you, the seemingly friendly stranger has programmed his mobile device to pose as […]

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UPS Reports Data Breach At 51 Locations

The shipping giant United Parcel Service (UPS) says that customer names, credit and debit card numbers, email addresses and physical addresses may have been accessed by hackers using a computer virus. UPS made the announcement on August 20, saying that investigators found malware on 51 stores across two dozen states, amounting to about 1 percent […]

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Facebook Makes Move to Secure Users’ Data

Facebook is signaling an increased focus on securing users’ data with the purchase of cyber-security firm PrivateCore, which works to protect Internet servers by making them less vulnerable to hackers. Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan says the acquisition is part of a concerted effort to keep the private information of the site’s users out […]

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Online Shopping? If A Deal Seems Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is

When you’re online shopping, it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of the chase, but when you see a deal that seems almost too good to be true, you should slow down and take a big step back. Cyber criminals sometimes lure unsuspecting shoppers with amazing prices, rebates and discounts, taking their credit […]

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Supermarket Data Breach May Have Affected 1,000 Stores Across Country

Supervalu Inc., one of the nation’s largest supermarket chains, has reported a massive data breach that some sources say may have affected as many as 1,000 stores nationwide. Those include: 228 Supervalu brand stores, including Hornbacher’s, Farm Fresh, Shop ‘N Save, Shoppers and Cub Foods locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri and Maryland. […]

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Millions of Social Security Numbers Stolen from Community Health Systems

Community Health Systems, one of the largest hospital operators in the United States, announced that it has lost personal information belonging to 4.5 million patients in a massive data breach. Chinese hackers reportedly broke into the company’s computer system and copied names, social security numbers, birthdays, telephone numbers and mailing addresses belonging to patients. According […]

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Hackers Could Use Internet Explorer to Gain Access to Your Private Information

Some digital security experts say that cyber-criminals are using Internet Explorer to gain access to secure areas of users’ computers, British newspaper The Guardian reports. That access may, in turn, allow hackers to identify security weaknesses that could enable them to launch full-scale attacks on individual computers, corporate networks and even entire servers. The director […]

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How well do you know your social media apps?

Do you look over your shoulder as you talk to friends on Facebook, geo-tag photos, like status updates and compose tweets? What about when you send direct messages from your account? Like it or not, there are hundreds of apps that may be watching you right now, because you’ve unknowingly given them nearly unlimited access […]

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Breaking and Entering? There’s an App for That

Even as technology makes our daily lives ever easier and more convenient, it also compromises our security in often unanticipated ways. A recent article in Wired magazine illustrates the mind-boggling ease with which criminals can now use technology to quickly and easily access our private property. Writer Andy Greenberg explains how he was able to […]

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Don’t Accept Another Facebook Friend Request Until You Read This

How well do you really know your Facebook friends? According to a new study from the University at Buffalo, cyber-criminals are going out of their way to buddy up to you on social media so that they can steal your identity. Consider all of the information that identity thieves can learn about a victim from […]

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Buyer Beware: Social Media Apps May Be After Your Personal Information

Think twice before you download that social media gaming app that has all of your friends buzzing on Facebook. Believe it or not, such apps don’t necessarily have the same privacy policies as the social networking sites on which they operate. In other words, they could be gathering your personal information without your knowledge, putting […]

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Massive Data Breach: More Than a Billion Online Passwords Compromised

What may be the world’s largest digital data breach to date has placed more than 1.2 billion user names and passwords and more than 500 million email addresses in the hands of Russian cyber-criminals, The New York Times reports. Wisconsin-based Hold Security uncovered the criminal activity, which was independently verified by The Times. According to […]

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