Protecting Your Identity One Year After Equifax

Can you believe it’s been a year since the Equifax data breach

Many of us remember feeling the direct impact of the Equifax mega breach on Sept. 7, 2017. With the final tally of affected consumers nearing 148 million U.S. adults, the first word that comes to mind is “massive.” 

The Equifax data breach was far-reaching in the quality and quantity of highly-sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) exposed. And, the  overall impact hit both consumers and small businesses. Even though we’ve identified what happened, and the key mistakes that were made, it doesn’t change the fact that our data is still out there. We’re all still forever vulnerable.   Continue reading

Fake Charging Stations Can Hack Your Smartphone

Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? 

Nobody wants to run out of battery power while they’re out and about. In fact, a recent study found that we check our phones at least 80 times a day. This attitude has become prevalent in today’s connected world simply because we use our mobile devices for more than just making calls. 

In a world where we rely on our phones for virtually everything – from online banking and email accounts, to social media, games and more – public charging stations can be the ultimate lifesavers when your battery is running low. 

But security experts warn that the juice is never worth the squeeze if a charging station is rigged to steal your data.  Continue reading

Connected Vehicles Raise Cybersecurity Concerns

Connected Vehicles & Cybersecurity

Connecting vehicles to the Internet is no longer a far-fetched, futuristic idea. Once seen as an exclusively luxury item, most mainstream car brands now offer vehicle models with connected technology and other autonomous driving features. 

Connected vehicles offer a number of personalized features that once seemed too high-tech to be possible. From Tesla to Toyota, Internet-enabled vehicles have quickly become a popular commodity, particularly amongst Millennial drivers. In fact, experts predict that most, if not all, vehicles will be connected to the Internet by 2035. 
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Why Are Companies Changing Their Privacy Policies?

Not Your Average Email Communication 

It’s not uncommon to receive emails from a company, especially if you are a frequent customer or client. But when multiple businesses inform you of privacy policy changes at the same time, it can often mean something bigger is happening behind-the-scenes. 

The European Union (EU) made recent changes to its data privacy regulations (the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR) that went into effect on May 25, 2018. These regulations mandate that companies clearly communicate how and why they are collecting consumer data. 

While these regulations directly impact European businesses and consumers, they are still relevant to those of us in the U.S. that utilize international services such as social media, smartphone apps and more. Let’s walk through some common questions about these new data regulations, and what they mean for Americans. 

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