Consumer Issues & ID Theft / Privacy & Security

  • Spotify's new privacy policy collects personal data

      

    Spotify’s new privacy policy has been met with raised eyebrows from critics. After a recent app update, the music streaming service wanted access to “contacts, photos or...

  • Two inventors develop new app to stop robocalls

      

    Ethan Garr and Bryan Moyles have won a competition hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that offered a large bounty for solving the robocall problem, according to Consumerist. Federal...

  • Most Android phones can be hacked with one simple text

      

    A flaw found in Android's software puts 95% of users at risk of being hacked, according to a security research company. Read more: How to fix a smartphone infected with...

  • Cheap way to hire a private detective online

      

    If you're dating someone you met online, how can you be sure that person is really who they say they are? Meeting people online was something that did not exist when I was single. Back then...

  • Chrysler recalls several Jeeps and other vehicles over hijack threat

      

    Chrysler announced Friday that it is recalling 1.4 million cars due to a security flaw that makes them vulnerable to hackers.    A Wired magazine investigation demonstrated how...

  • Google wants to sequence your DNA on Ancestry.com

      

    If you are worried about social media and websites having too much access to your digital information (ahem, Ashley Madison), imagine a tech giant getting access to your very DNA. A...

  • Watch hackers remotely take control of a Jeep on the highway

      

    Hackers claim they have developed software that can effectively take control of a Jeep Cherokee's dashboard, transmission, steering and even brakes.   Charlie Miller and Chris...

  • Easy way to know if your account has been compromised

      

    With all the endless news of data breaches these days, it's easy to wonder, "Has my e-mail address been stolen?" Now there's an easy way to find out! HaveIBeenPwned.com is a...

  • How to keep your digital footprint small and secure.

      

    Data breaches are putting your personal info at risk. But the power to protect it is in your hands.

  • Uber Plans to Track Users at All Times

      

    If you use Uber, you might want to reconsider. Uber, the app that functions as a modern taxi service, wants to access customer data even when they aren’t using the Uber app. These...

  • Are Password Clearinghouse Websites Safe?

      

    Recently on the show, I talked about the problems with crooks tapping into financial websites and stealing your money. Most of us use simple, easy to crack passwords that don't help the...

  • Facebook Messenger Could Be Used to Spy On You

      

    If you use Facebook messenger to chat with your friends (and millions of us do), you might want to hear about what one man has discovered! Aran Khanna, whose website identifies him as a student...

  • Your Guide to Medical Breaches: Anthem, Premera, and CareFirst

      

    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...

  • 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...

  • How to limit spying on your phone habits

      

    The greatest breach of your privacy may be through your smartphone. But I want to share some ways you can limit all the spying! Ways to limit ad tracking on your phone Phones are are a...