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So-called Snapchat hack & the question of where to place trust

It’s interesting to see headlines like “Snapchat photo leak shows users’ mistake was trusting each other.” That was the takeaway from a commentator in the Los Angeles Times. But the real takeaway should be: Don’t trust unauthorized third-party apps that claim to enhance or add convenience to your social media apps. At least, if you […]

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Why cybersecurity is patriotic and humanistic

I’d like to add National Cyber Security Awareness Month to the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Veterans Day as yet another patriotic holiday. And while we’re at it, let’s make it a global celebration. That’s because protecting your own devices and accounts is more than patriotic, it’s downright humanistic, because you’re benefiting your fellow “netizens” around the globe. […]

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Massive data breach shows skills of Russian hackers

I grew up during the Cold War and, like most people at the time, was conditioned to fear the Soviet Union, which many people simply referred to as “Russia,” even though it included several other Soviet republics. Worry was so strong that the title of a popular 1966 comedy film said it twice: “The Russians […]

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Illustrated guide to Microsoft’s defense on latest Internet Explorer security flaw

This post first appeared on Forbes.com Microsoft has released a new advisory about the “zero day’ security flaw affecting Internet Explorer. The advisory says that the risk affects all versions since 6, up to the most recent (11). Calling it a “remote code execution vulnerability,” Microsoft warns that “An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain […]

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Identity theft a problem from cradle to grave — Kids most vulnerable

by Larry Magid April 8, 2014 was a scary day. Microsoft ended support and security updates for Windows XP, leaving millions of users vulnerable to hack attack from what will soon be an out-of-date operating system riddled with vulnerabilities. But by the end of the day, we had something else to worry about. Security researchers […]

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Are sites you use vulnerable to Heartbleed security flaw?

Update: CNET has posted a list of Heartbleed status for top 100 sites A flaw in the most popular web encryption system could leave people vulnerable to data theft according to security researchers. That little padlock in the lower right corner of a browser window or the letters “https” in the address bar are supposed […]

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Family Contract for Smartphone Use

Pledge for kids and teens I will not touch or look at my phone when it’s dangerous to do so such as driving, riding a bike or walking. I will be considerate of others and not use my phone to text or talk when it may disturb others or at inappropriate times or places such […]

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Recent hack discovery underscores need for better security and stronger passwords

A recent report from Trustwave  found that about two million accounts from popular services including Facebook, Google, Yahoo Twitter, LinkedIn  have been comprised.  The security researchers found that a keylogger tool associated with the Pony botnet enabled thieves to harvest the user names and passwords. The trove, according to Trustwave, consisted of 1,580,000 website login credentials, 320,000 email account credentials, 41,000 FTP account […]

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Cybersecurity is everyone’s business

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month Listen to Larry Magid’s 1-minute CBS News/CNET Tech Talk on Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Michael Kaiser I wish it were possible to simply delegate cybersecurity to the “big guys.”  Why not just let the government and big companies handle it? If only it were that easy.  While it […]

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Cybersecurity where kids are concerned

Today (October 1) marks the start of the US’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It’s an increasingly important kind of awareness for everybody to have, because, in this very social media environment, security – of our data, identity and property – is just as “crowd-sourced” as media is now. And we all know that kids are […]

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