Have you ever purchased anything from RadioShack? If so, your private information is for sale to the highest bidder. Privacy policies apparently are not worth the paper they are printed on. Or not printed on, in the case of web sites. RadioShack is trying to auction off its customer data on some 117 million customers as part of its court-supervised bankruptcy. The data includes names, phone numbers, mailing and e-mail […]
Offline Privacy & Security
Would you give a stalker the street address of your home? Would you give a pedophile the precise location where your children play? If you have posted a picture online, you may have already done that. Pictures taken with GPS-equipped digital cameras usually embed the GPS coordinates within each picture. Most cameras have an option to turn this capability on or off, but the default setting usually is ON. Unless […]
The best place to hide things often is in plain sight, especially if it looks like something else. Many companies will sell you things to hide money, jewelry or other physical items. I have seen books with hollowed out pages, all sorts of common-looking cans with screw-off bottoms, and other products that are disguised as one thing but actually are hiding places for your valued posssessions. Now a new app […]
On Friday Uber posted a notice at http://blog.uber.com/2-27-15 saying that the company had discovered that one of its databases had a point of entry for unauthorized users. On further investigation it found that “a one-time unauthorized access to an Uber database by a third party had occurred on May 13, 2014.” That database reportedly contained driver names and license numbers. Details may be found at http://goo.gl/tz68M1.
Do you want to add cell phone tracking to your phone for theft protection? That is easy to do with several different apps available for iPhones and Android phones. The app I installed recently is available free of charge. If the phone is lost or stolen, I can open a web browser on any computer and see where the phone is at this moment. I can then call the police […]
The US government has been accused of embedding spyware directly onto hard drives using secret manufacturer information, according to a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stating that Russian security software manufacturer Kaspersky Lab made the claims, and stem from its efforts to find and eliminate malicious software. Kaspersky says officials appear to have only used the spyware to target specific, foreign-based individuals.
If you could replace your car keys, website login data, credit cards and bus passes with a chip embedded under your skin, would you? This is a question addressed this week at the Kaspersky Labs Security Analyst Summit by biohacker Hannes Sjoblad from BioNyfiken. A pioneer in what has been deemed ‘biohacking,” Sjoblad is the leader of a group of biohackers in Sweden who took the first step in experimenting […]
The second largest health insurer in the US has been the victim of what could be the largest data breach in the healthcare sector to date. As reported by the Wall Street Journal at http://goo.gl/TJO0VN (paid subscription required), the healthcare insurance provider admitted that hackers managed to break into a database containing the personal information of up to 80 million people, including customers and employees. Anthem says both current and […]
Privacy advocates are calling for more safeguards related to a state collection of DNA samples from 16 million Californians in a nondescript government warehouse in the Bay Area. The biobank holds blood taken with the prick of a heel from almost every baby born in California for the last three decades. It is used to screen for 80 health disorders, such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia. Unlike most […]
One of the best guides I have ever seen for protecting your privacy online is available free of charge from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). It will reduce your exposure to hackers, credit card thieves, identity thieves, and government agencies’ intrusion into your private life.