Writing in the CNN Money web site, Jose Pagliery asks the question, “Why are we still using Social Security numbers to identify ourselves?” Good question. However, I think Pagliery overlooked the reality of those numbers. Hackers have stolen more than 6.5 million Social Security numbers so far this year, according to a different report on CNN Money. The biggest hacks included the 750,000 that were exposed with the recent U.S. Postal […]
Online Privacy & Security
Facebook has often been accused of being one of the worst violators on the Internet of personal privacy. Now the company has published an update of its data policy to make it shorter and clearer to understand. It is also rolling out “Privacy Basics,” a Web page with interactive tips and guides on how to control your information on the site.
I admit that that I am a backup fanatic. I will suggest that having backups of your important data can be a lifesaver. I believe that everyone should have a MINIMUM of three copies of every digital file that is important: the original file stored in the computer’s hard drive, plus a copy of that file stored on a backup device (hard drive, flashdrive, CD-ROM disk, or whatever you choose) […]
Firefox 1.0 was released ten years ago, on Nov. 9, 2004. At the time, Microsoft’s web browser, called Internet Explorer, dominated the marketplace despite its many security holes. Firefox was designed to be more secure, faster, and to not be encumbered by Microsoft’s advertising. Indeed, it has achieved all those aims and still continues to add new improvements. Johnathan Nightingale, vice president of Firefox, has made a number of new […]
The Home Depot recently revealed that its systems had been hacked, leaving approximately 56 million customer credit cards and 53 million email addresses vulnerable to cybercriminals. The company says Microsoft’s Windows operating system is the problem. Apparently the hackers gained access to Home Depot’s supposedly secure servers because of the security vulnerabilities within Windows. The Home Depot has now reportedly switched many top-ranking employees to Macintosh computers and iPhones because […]
Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters has published an article containing great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is on data security. If you’re going to be toting a smartphone, tablet or laptop around the world, protecting your data really matters. It doesn’t take a huge effort or cost to keep yourself safe – but if you don’t, you’re at serious risk of losing all […]
I had a telephone call today from a subscriber to my genealogy newsletter who wanted to renew a subscription. I asked him why he didn’t renew using the online form on the Web site. He replied that he didn’t trust entering his credit card number online. He preferred to give the number to me over the telephone. This isn’t a new experience. I have had similar phone calls in the […]