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September 24, 2020
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How to Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts Without Deleting Them

September 10, 2020

From Gizmodo: Good to know There are many reasons to avoid wanting a social media digital paper trail of your entire life. Maybe there are posts there you think your new employer won’t like, or that your new partner’s parents won’t like, or even ones that you don’t believe in anymore. But wiping the slate […]

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Here’s How Much Your Personal Information Is Selling for on the Dark Web

September 7, 2020

From Experian:  Thank you to Danny Bobrow for the link. Here are the 10 most common pieces of information sold on the dark web and the general range of what they’re worth—or rather can sell for: Source: Here’s How Much Your Personal Information Is Selling for on the Dark Web – Experian You can see there […]

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Tons of news apps caught unnecessarily snooping on iPhone clipboard

August 27, 2020

From Input: It turns out TikTok isn’t the only app that’s snooping through your iPhone’s clipboard (that’s everything you copy and paste). ArsTechnica has discovered over 50 other iOS apps that also unnecessarily read an iOS user’s clipboard, which could include passwords and other private data such as two-factor authentication codes, cryptocurrency wallet addresses, and […]

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Malicious cyber actor using phishing emails to spoof SBA’s COVID-19 relief webpage

August 20, 2020

From CDA: Be cautious. Individuals and small-business owners should watch for suspicious or unexpected emails that appear to be from the Small Business Administration or that direct the recipient to the SBA’s website for COVID-19 relief. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in an Aug. 12 alert shared Friday by the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights […]

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Think Ransomware Can’t Put You Out of Business?

August 10, 2020

From Inc.com: Yikes! While there’s no shortage of examples of ransomware attacks, a recent study by data protection firm Veritas suggests an even bigger problem that few, if any, companies are prepared for: Customers are increasingly laying the blame on companies, specifically their CEOs, rather than on the hackers perpetrating the attacks. Source: Think Ransomware Can’t […]

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Data breach lawsuit against pediatric dental center dropped, judge cites lack of evidence

July 27, 2020

From Becker’s: The lawsuit, dismissed July 16, alleged that the more than 391,000 patients whose data was affected are facing distress and financial losses due to their personal data being in insecure hands. However, U.S. District Judge Austin Huffaker dropped the case because the plaintiffs could not prove their data had been misused. Source: Data […]

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TikTok: Beneath Its Fun Exterior Lies A Sinister Purpose

June 30, 2020

From Forbes: Disturbing. TikTok is a lesson in irresponsibility, dangerous by design. And not simply by carelessness, mistake or default: this is a deep and patent irresponsibility, a philosophy focused on the constant capture of all kinds of user data. In short, not recommendable for children or adults, particularly thanks to its sinister and addictive […]

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The Internet of Things Has a Consent Problem

June 22, 2020

The Internet of Things (IOT) has a consistent problem with security. From  IEEE Spectrum: IoT companies should tell users what information their devices are gathering and how they’re using it Source: The Internet of Things Has a Consent Problem – IEEE Spectrum Read the whole thing. Most people would be shocked to discover all the […]

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3 Things Can Help Your Office Comply with HIPAA Requirements

June 4, 2020

I contributed to this article in Dentrix Magazine: Dentists wrongly think their practice network is just another piece of equipment, such as a dental chair. It’s delivered, they unbox it, and they get it up and running. They forget that their network is a system that needs to be cared for, upgraded, and supported. Source: […]

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Large Increase in Cyber-Attacks & Phishing Scams, Don’t Be Fooled

May 12, 2020

From Advanced Automation: In the last few weeks, we have seen a surge of cyber-attacks and phishing emails circulating, Hackers know that many people are working from home, and using new apps and/or processes for the first time. Users being out of their normal element are much more susceptible to deception. Here are some tips: […]

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Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware to Monitor Users

April 30, 2020

From VICE: Facebook representatives approached controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group to try and buy a tool that could help Facebook better monitor a subset of its users, according to an extraordinary court filing from NSO in an ongoing lawsuit. Source: Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware to Monitor Users, NSO CEO Claims – VICE Click for the whole […]

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STOP taking those fun online quizzes

April 23, 2020

Seen on Facebook: What alcoholic drink are you? What state should you be living in? What was your profession in the old west? Share your senior photo! And by the way what high school did you attend, what year did you graduate and what was the school mascot? Stop it. Sure these are fun but […]

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Coronavirus scams on the increase, warn police and FBI

April 21, 2020

From 9to5Mac: Police, consumer organizations and Internet security companies are warning about an increasing number of coronavirus scams, as the FBI says cybercrime reports are up 400% … One scam is a text message claiming you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This one could easily fool people, as it […]

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Zoom privacy and security issues: Here’s everything that’s wrong (so far)

April 14, 2020

From Tom’s Guide: Are you using Zoom yet? It seems that everyone in America who’s been forced to work, or do schoolwork, from home during the coronavirus lockdown is using the video-conferencing platform for meetings, classes and even social gatherings. There are good reasons Zoom has taken off… …But there’s a downside. Zoom’s ease of use makes […]

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3 Things Can Help Your Office Comply with HIPAA Requirements

April 13, 2020

From Dental Products Shopper: In the early days of in-office computer use, dental offices had very limited choices for professional IT support. They would rely on just about anyone who was good at computers, including their patient’s nephew. Today, hardware has become more sophisticated, but some dentists make the same unsophisticated mistake. Many practices still […]

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Coronavirus Scam Site Checker Tool

April 9, 2020

From  ProPrivacy.com: This looks like a good resource for all things related to online privacy. There are hundreds of new websites related to Covid-19 popping up every day. Many of them are malicious in nature. We have created this easy to use tool to help users find out if they can trust a website. Source: Coronavirus […]

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Zoom macOS install ‘shady,’ plus video chats aren’t end-to-end encrypted

April 2, 2020

From Appleinsider: Video conferencing service Zoom reportedly installs itself on Macs by working around Apple’s regular security, and also promotes that it has end-to-end encryption, but demonstrably does not. Zoom’s popularity as a video conferencing tool has soared over the coronavirusIncreased usage of video conferencing app and service Zoom during the coronavirus outbreak is leading […]

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Privacy Tip

March 31, 2020

From security expert James McQuiggan from AADP Security Panel. When answering security questions such as your mother’s maiden name etc. use made up names. Of course you then have to remember the false names you made up.

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VPN

March 30, 2020

If you are working from home because of the Corona Pandemic you should be using a VPN. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a secure portal that hides your internet communications from others , including your ISP (Internet Service Provider).  From Wikipedia: A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network and enables users […]

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