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Feb 24
2015

What happens when a Bank Account is hacked?

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Robert Siciliano

Who’d ever think that 50 years ago, your money was safer in your bank account than it is today in this “modern” age: remote theft. If you bank with a large or small bank, your account may be at risk by hacking rings.

Feb 21
2015

What is a Remote Administration Tool (RAT)?

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Robert Siciliano

Ever felt like your computer was possessed? Or that you aren’t the only one using your tablet? I think I smell a rat. Literally, a RAT.

Feb 19
2015

10 Skeevy Scams to watch

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Robert Siciliano

You may think you’re not dumb enough to fall for scams, but consider that someone you care deeply about is naïve enough to be conned. Besides, some scams are so clever that even those who think they’re scam-proof have actually been taken for a ride.

Feb 07
2015

What is a Rootkit?

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Robert Siciliano

A rootkit is a kind of software that conceals malware from standard detection methods. A good analogy for a rootkit would be a burglar breaking into your house. The burglar is dressed all in black, so that his form blends into the darkness. He tiptoes around to hide his sounds so he’s more likely to go undetected as he steals your belongings. But unlike the burglar, who usually takes your stuff and leaves, an efficient rootkit can stick around for years doing its work, robbing your computer or mobile device of data.

Feb 05
2015

Having the Privacy Talk with your Kids

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Robert Siciliano

Years ago, having “the talk” with your kids meant telling them where babies come from. Nowadays, “the talk” has a whole new meaning. Your kids may be able to explain in detail how a baby is created, but may be clueless (because so many adults are) about something called “data permanence.”

Feb 04
2015

Fixing a Credit Report after being hacked

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Robert Siciliano

First off, how NOT to fix a hacked credit report: signing on with a service that promises to correct the problem in a jiffy—a “sounds too good to be true” advertisement. A company that claims they will 100% fix your bad credit by removing negative information from your credit report is a bit scammy. In fact, whatever a credit repair company CAN legally do, you yourself can do.

Feb 03
2015

Data Breach Aftermath

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Robert Siciliano

Haste certainly doesn’t make waste if you’ve suffered from an entity getting hacked resulting in a data breach. Don’t waste a single minute delaying notifying affected accounts! In the case of a credit card company, they will investigate; you won’t have to pay the fraudulent charges. The breached card will be closed, and you’ll get a new one. And there is more.

Jan 27
2015

Researcher says HTTPS can track You

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Robert Siciliano

Perhaps you’ve read that “HTTPS” at the start of a website address means that the site is secure, encrypted. However, a feature of the HTTPS can track you, says an article at theregister.co.uk.

Jan 24
2015

Don't Believe These 6 Mobile Security Myths

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Robert Siciliano

Smartphones are picking up popularity. You can now access email, social media, and other things from a device that fits in your pocket (most of the time). And, although we hear about breaches and security flaws in the news, it seems like a lot of us don’t think it applies to our mobile device. Here are some of the most common mobile security myths.

Jan 19
2015

In with the New, out with the Old

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Robert Siciliano

If you plan on getting a new smartphone, have you ever thought of what the next user of your old smartphone will find on it?

Jan 15
2015

SSN and Its Afterlife

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Robert Siciliano

What’s one billion? That’s about the number of possible permutations of the Social Security number. Which begs the question: What happens to an SSN when someone kicks the bucket?

Jan 14
2015

Beware of scary WiFi Virus

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Robert Siciliano

It’s called Chameleon—a computer virus—but maybe it should be called FrankenVirus. You wouldn’t believe what it can do: literally move through the air, as in airborne—like a biological pathogen.

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