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Last year, TurboTax was involved in a tax time incident and this year, it’s TaxAct. The maker of the tax filing software learned late last year that some of its customers’ accounts (less than .25%) were accessed and information such as social security numbers, names, addresses, bank account information …

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Brown University email account holders may be being targeted in a massive phishing campaign. Kaspersky Labs reported receiving email messages from Brown University “NO REPLY” senders that request the recipient to verify their Google Accounts. More on why that isn’t so strange later. Phishing itself is not new and …

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When support ends on a product, it is very important to upgrade to a new version or change to a new product. In the case of browsers, Microsoft has pulled the plug on support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 on January 12, 2016. It is highly recommended …

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According to the Identity Theft Assistance Center, one in 40 (2.5 percent) households in the U.S. have a child under 18 who have had personal information compromised by identity theft criminals. Unfortunately, much of the identity theft from children doesn’t get discovered until after they are …

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Are strong passwords that important?  Should we use passphrases?  Do passwords really get cracked? YES, YES and YES! There are many techniques for obtaining passwords and over the years, these have become more sophisticated. The top methods for cracking passwords, in no particular order are brute force attacks, rainbow table …

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WhatsApp is a great app for keeping in touch with those we care about and the hackers know it. They probably even use it. It has over 900 million users all over the world. That’s why it is one of the apps being used to try and get people …

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We would all like to think that cyber criminals have become bored with stealing online banking credentials. Unfortunately, they are a persistent lot and online banking customers continue to be targeted. According to a report by Kaspersky Labs report “IT Threat Evolution in Q3 2015,” there were over 5.6 …

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Anti-malware companies estimate that anywhere from 50-70% of all email being sent around is spam. Spam is the electronic version of “junk mail.” Like the physical mail, most of it just goes in the trash, but if it’s catchy enough, you might open it to see what …

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Remember those days when you would run excited to get the mail hoping you got something interesting? Then, remember the days when you checked your email several times a day hoping someone sent you a message or that something interested was in the Inbox? Now, do you run to the …

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It is well-known that Google gathers data for a variety of purposes. However, Apple has a different policy. It actually prohibits the collection of personal information from users of its products. Recently it removed a software development kit (SDK) made by a Chinese company because it violated that policy …

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