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Heartbleed: Free Tool To Check if That Site is Safe

April 17, 2014
Heartbleed: Free Tool To Check if That Site is Safe

I’m sure you’ve heard the news about Heartbleed by now (unless you’re in vacation wonderland and have taken a tech break). This is a serious vulnerability in the core of the Internet and is something we all should be concerned about. Heartbleed is a kink in encryption software, discovered by security researchers. It is...
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Credit Card Fraud Security Bleak

April 7, 2014
Credit Card Fraud Security Bleak

The U.S. is no superpower when it comes to card payments, but rather is the card-hacking headquarters of the world. Don’t count on credit card fraud going away too soon. After all, Americans practically sleep, eat and breathe credit card use. And it’s those doggone magnetic strips on the cards that keep getting consumers,...
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Chip and PIN or Chip and Signature?

April 3, 2014
Chip and PIN or Chip and Signature?

OK, there’s lots going on here. Read slowly and wrap your brain around this. So which offers more security? Chip-and-PIN or chip-and-signature for your card payments? Chip-and-PIN wins. This is due to two authentication forms: the card and the PIN, which is stored in your head (or should be, anyways, rather than on some...
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Mortgage Brokers Put Client Data at Risk

March 4, 2014
Mortgage Brokers Put Client Data at Risk

Your private information may not be safe with your own mortgage lender, even a small one, says cybersecurity firm HALOCK Security Labs. The leak may occur when data goes from applicant to lender. Seventy percent of the 63 U.S. mortgage lenders that HALOCK investigated allowed applicants to send private and financial data (like tax...
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The Connected Home is Finally Here

February 20, 2014
The Connected Home is Finally Here

A connected home is one in which appliances and accessories are connected to the Internet. An example would be a refrigerator that texts the homeowner when the eggs are about to run out (the egg tray has the sensor). It’s projected that a connected home can be built from the inside out, but connection...
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FTC: Tech Support Scams Are Baaaaack!

February 5, 2014
FTC: Tech Support Scams Are Baaaaack!

They’re back, and they’re scarier than fangy blood sucking ghosts: tech support scammers. They want to suck you dry of your last penny. A tech support scam may go as follows: You receive a call from someone informing you that your computer is infected with a really bad virus and needs prompt attention. The...
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“Predictive Analytics”: Technologies That Read Your Mind

January 21, 2014
“Predictive Analytics”: Technologies That Read Your Mind

There’s an app that can practically read your mind via your mobile device. The technology is called predictive analysis, and Google’s Now app is at the forefront. Other apps that utilize predictive analysis include Grokr and Osito: predicting the smartphone user’s next move. How does this work? Snippets of information are assembled via an...
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McAfee Labs 2014 Predictions

January 9, 2014
McAfee Labs 2014 Predictions

As we wind down the year, it’s a time to reflect, but also to look forward. Some of us may be thinking about resolutions and what we need to do in the upcoming year—exercise more, eat better, have better work/life balance, etc. Others of us will be thinking about how we’re going to ring...
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Debit Cards: Signature or PIN, What’s What?

December 30, 2013
Debit Cards: Signature or PIN, What’s What?

What kind of debit card do you have? The two types are direct debit cards and deferred debit cards. Direct debit Use of a PIN (personal identification number), which the bank issues or you choose. Card purchases require entering the PIN, and money is taken out of your checking account on the spot. PIN-based...
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Your Strong Password Isn’t So Strong

June 27, 2013

Banks rely on usernames and passwords as a layer of protection and authentication to prevent criminals from accessing your accounts. However researchers now show that your password—even though it may be a relatively “strong” one, might not be strong enough. When you create a password and provide it to a website, that site is...
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