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Consumerreports.org advises people that if they receive a notice that their personal data has been breached, they should immediately take steps to protect themselves from identity theft and fraud. Too often skeptical consumers ignore these notices. This is unfortunate because surveys show that over 22% of notice recipients become victims of identity fraud. Identity thieves [...]

Categories: Identity theft, Scams
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If in doubt, change your password. Customer support tool Zendesk had been hacked earlier in February, and that affected Zendesk’s clients Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. “We believe that the hacker downloaded email addresses of users who contacted those three customers for support, as well as support email subject lines,” explained Zendesk on their blog. Pinterest [...]

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Two top social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, were exploited in one of last year’s top scams. The victims get a Direct Message from a friend on Twitter notifying them about a video of them on Facebook. The message would say something like, “ROFL they was taping you” or “What RU doing in this FB [...]

Categories: Scams
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The top computer scam of 2012 was the computer virus fixing scheme. It typically begins with a call warning you that your computer has been infected with a virus. The caller then offers to clean your computer. What the caller is trying to achieve is for you to allow them remote access to your computer, [...]

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If your mobile device is lost or stolen, all of your personally identifiable information (PII) is at risk. This includes your contacts list, texts, e-mail, sent and received phone calls, all install apps, photos, videos, etc. Take precautions now to avoid a serious compromise of your PII in the future. There are 3 major security [...]

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Instagram set off quite a furor with their apparent move to appropriate and sell their users’ photos. They have since released a statement that they have no plans to sell the photos, just to use information about the users to target advertising. Still, the furor was surprising considering that the entire purpose of Instagram and [...]

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It’s amazing what technology can do. Here’s a case in point: Chatham-Kent, Ontario police have charged a thief with possession of a stolen laptop after the computer told its owner where it was. The laptop has tracking software and not only indicated where it was located but used its built in webcam to take a [...]

Categories: Computer theft
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A Calgary family sadly discovered that their photos of their deceased son were stolen from their home. The break-in happened while the family was out of their Springbank home. Thieves broke into the house and stole passports, credit cards, a TV, a guitar, an iPad and a laptop that contained photos of Matthew Bienert who [...]

Categories: Computer theft
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In May, 2012, almost 59,000 Twitter username and passwords were posted online by a hacker. In June, 2012, LinkedIn announced that 6.4 million passwords were leaked after hackers attacked its system. These are just a couple of recent hacker attacks that have been publicized. Today, we need to ask the questions: How secure is the [...]

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A Mesa, Arizona couple had their laptop stolen, which is not news. Derrick and Christianna Doba decided to do something about it, which is news. The couple decided to play detective. First of all they filed a police report. Next Derrick Doba logged onto his LogMeIn.com account and was able to remotely access the stolen [...]

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