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09Jun2020

CAVEAT EMPTOR!!!

“Buyer Beware!” is a more important warning than ever before if you’re buying phones, computers, tablets and other electronic devices online. We all like online bargains, but the looting that took place as peaceful demonstrations fell apart will put a lot of stolen goods on the market. It’s a fact of life – not a
  • 9 Jun, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • click bait, consumer protection, credit card fraud, online bargain, online security, online shopping, phishing,
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14Jan2020

What Are Your Biggest Online Threats in 2020?

Cyberthreats will be coming at you – and any person or organization with whom you have an online relationship – with increasing speed and sophistication. For some, it might feel like you’re living inside an online fantasy game, but it’s real life. Here’s what to look for. Phishing and Social Engineering There’s nothing new about
  • 14 Jan, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • data security, information theft, IoT, online security, phishing, ransomeware, social engineering,
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10Dec2019

7-bit#, 7-bit#-not PW123 – A Password Primer

This headline depicts how passwords are written and stored in your computing environment. We won’t go into heavy details, but it essentially works this way. When you put letters – upper and lower case – and numerals and special characters into your password, the storage system records them in a code involving 7 bits and
  • 10 Dec, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • best practices, data security, online security, secure password,
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08Oct2019

Password123 and Other Common-Sense Anomalies

We continue to be amazed at the utter lack of common sense some people have when choosing strong passwords. Even if you satisfy all the algorithms for an allegedly strong password (upper- and lower-case letters, numerals and special characters), you may leave hints that make all too easy to crack it. Here are some factors
  • 8 Oct, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • dashlane, gps, online security, password managers, strong passwords,
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20Aug2019

Convenience vs. Competition: What do You Think?

The Department of Justice is beginning an investigation of “big data” companies and their hold on your online activity. This is not intended to be a political rant, but we’d like to know your thoughts on convenience vs. competition. Here’s the executive summary of the DOJ’s investigation: DOJ is reviewing whether and how market-leading online
  • 20 Aug, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Amazon, Apple, big data, competition, doj, facebook, Google, legal, online security, online services, online shopping, prime day, technology,
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14May2019

Kohls and Amazon Starting a Trend?

“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” is an old adage. It applies to today’s retail environment, in which we love ordering stuff online but hate the process to return the stuff we don’t love. Kohls and Amazon may solve our problem while they help themselves with a new program. Beginning in July, the companies
  • 14 May, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Amazon, cashless retail store, klarna, kohls, online security, online shopping, retail dive, returns, whole foods,
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08Jan2019

How Secure is Cellular Data?

We know public Wi-Fi networks can be unsecured, and we’ve tailored our use to deal with those problems. But now, hacking cellular networks may be a growing danger as more cracking devices and techniques become more available.
  • 8 Jan, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 2FA, cellular, cybersecurity, data security, EFF, GSM, Network Security, online security, public wifi, SS7, two-factor authentication,
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13Feb2018

Tax Season: The Next Scam Season

I don’t know whether more money changes hands during the holiday shopping season or during tax season, but a lot is at stake between now and April 17 as people prepare tax returns. It’s a busy time of year for scammers, most of whom want to use fraudulent information to get your tax return money.
  • 13 Feb, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • back taxes, chbersecurity, cybercrime, data breach, data security, email scams, equifax, fraud, irs, online security, phishing, phone scam, risk management, scams, spoofing, strong passwords, tax season,
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