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Your Guide to Medical Breaches: Anthem and Premera

Medical records have become the hot new target of crooks looking to steal your identity. Some 1 in 4 adult Americans were impacted by the Anthem breach. But that number could be 1 in 3 now with word of the Premera Blue Cross breach. Another major health insurer hacked With ...

Social media apps can pierce your privacy

Social media apps can pierce your privacy

Marketers have started keeping tabs on your spending habits by monitoring how you use certain social apps.

Why You Need To Turn Paper Statements Back On

Another day, another report about major security breaches! I read recently about a ring of hackers figured out how to break into the big banks' back office system in the fall of 2013. To this point, at least $1 billion has been stolen. And that's the floor, not the ceiling, ...


Visa, MasterCard Seek New Methods of Authentication

The future of credit card anti-fraud technology is here...and it looks a lot like something out of Minority Report! Credit card cartels reaching for new authentication methods Over the next few weeks, your Visa issuer may ask you if its OK for them to track the location of your cellphone. ...

Your Smart TV Could Be Spying on You

You've heard of the government spying on you and even businesses spying on you. But have you heard of your TV spying on you?! If you're not familiar with "smart TVs," they are modern flatscreen TVs with built-in apps allowing you to access online content like Netflix, Hulu Plus, or ...


How To Opt Out of Verizon's Super Cookie Tracking

Verizon continues pushing its supercookies on users to track everything you ever do on a phone -- every email, every page you visit, everything you click -- to build a data-rich dossier and sell it to marketers.  AT&T had its own supercookie as an experiment too, but they abandoned the ...

Is Your Password Easy To Hack?

Do I have a special warning for you about your passwords that is going to unsettle you. But don't worry, there's also a simple solution you can put in place too! Make your password hard to hack with one additional keystroke reports criminals have gotten so good at cracking ...


Drones Are Ready for Prime Time

I had a close encounter with a drone yesterday. While shooting a TV segment at CES 2015, a drone pilot was having fun buzzing my head from his smartphone in the middle of a live shot! Last year, the drones were aspirational, more like toys. This year, it’s a different ...

How to opt out of Super Cookie tracking

How to opt out of Super Cookie tracking

Verizon is tracking millions of their customers with new tech called a “super cookie.” Here’s what they're tracking and how you can opt out out of the feature.


Social Media Snafus Can Kill Your College Application

Kids are young, adventurous, and clueless by nature. Now they're running around taking outrageous pictures and video on mobile devices. But on reflection, a lot of that media looks like a really bad idea. What we've heard again and again is that kids have a college application declined because of ...

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