Public Wi-Fi: Popular, But Not Secure

Have you ever used free public Wi-Fi at the airport, Starbucks, Panera Bread, or other unsecured venues?  Is it safe from hacking, identity theft, and other invasions of privacy? No!! So, why do we use it? According to Ian Barker, writing for Beta News: “There’s an expectation that public Wi-Fi will be available pretty much […]

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Avoid Risky Password Behavior

Do you have only one password for all accounts? Do you use only lower-case letters in your passwords? Do you enter your password when the URL begins with http (rather than https)? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are leaving yourself wide open to identity theft and the hacking […]

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More Bad News on Our Privacy

As we have noted several times (see, for example, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), the hacking and theft of people’s vital information remains quite rampant around the globe, despite some technological advances. To show how bad the situation is, consider this recent Russian example reported by Eric Auchaud for Reuters: “Hundreds of millions of […]

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Self-Driving Cars: Hacking a Possibility

We have written about self-driving — also known as autonomous — cars several times before (see, for example, 1, 2, 3). And for all of the positive attributes of these vehicles, there are also several negative factors. One negative aspect of self-driving cars (and traditional vehicles equipped with advanced communications systems) has not been discussed […]

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Are You Managing Your Passwords Well?

Everyday, millions of Internet accounts around the world are hacked into. Are YOU doing enough to protect yourself? Take a look at these past posts we’ve made: 1, 2, 3, 4 Then, check out these password manager tools recommended by TechRepublic and visit this site to see a video about these tools: Windows Password Key […]

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UPDATE! Being Smarter Online

I recently gave a talk about how to be more careful online — especially with social media. More and more, identity theft, invasion of one’s privacy, and other forms of online misbehavior have been occurring. Whether it involves Twitter, the New York Times, or a private citizen, hacking has become a greater problem. My presentation […]

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Are You Prepared for This Type of Hacking?

More scary stuff! According to CNN Money: “The Shodan search engine allows anyone to search for anything connected to the Internet and if security settings are not turned on, take control of the device.” Click the image to view a video clip.      

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Hacking Hits American Companies Big Time

Hacking occurs when someone accesses a computer system by illegally circumventing its security system. In recent years, hacking has affected a number of government agencies, companies, and private parties (US!). Recently, Burger King felt the impact of hacking at its Twitter account. As the Chicago Tribune reported: “Someone changed the @BurgerKing feed to look like […]

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Use More Hacker-Proof Passwords

Are your passwords strong enough to minimize your chances of identity theft or an invasion of your privacy? As Nicole Perlroth, New York Times reports: “It is absurdly easy to get hacked. All it takes is clicking on one malicious link or attachment. Companies’ computer systems are attacked every day by hackers looking for passwords […]

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