Archive for the ‘Digital Privacy’ Category


Black Friday is just ahead. But in the mad rush for fabulous deals—online and in stores—we still have concerns about how retailers protect our payment card data, according to a new survey from the Identity Theft Resource Center and IDT911. Here’s a quick snapshot of our love-hate relationship with holiday shopping online.


When it comes to personal data security, there’s no such thing as waiting ’til next year. That’s why the time is now to make resolutions about safeguarding your identity for 2015.

Here are five simple steps you can take even while viewing this article on your device: (more…)


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . for identity thieves. Don’t let them spoil your cheer. Follow these tips from IDT911 experts to protect your personal information when shopping online or in store, and traveling for the holidays.



During the holiday shopping season, millions of Americans will take advantage of the convenience, speed and ease of online shopping: Spot it, love it, click it, and it’s on the way.

A recent survey found that 77 percent of respondents said they shop on the Internet, and the National Retail Federation predicts online sales during November and December to jump from 2013, accounting for $105 billion. (more…)


The holidays are right around the corner. We understand the desire to give that special someone the latest tech devices out there. We also get that people have reservations about privacy and safety. Here are some of the season’s hottest gadgets with protection tips from Brian Huntley, senior information security advisor at IDT911 Consulting.



IDT911 unveiled , a new online publication for cyber privacy, data breach and identity fraud news, on Tuesday at the second annual Privacy XChange Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The news site will strive to engage readers in a conversation about these critical security issues at a time when companies of all sizes and in nearly every industry are experiencing data breaches as a third certainty in life.

Byron Acohido, one of the nation’s most respected cybersecurity and privacy experts, will serve as Editor-In-Chief. The site is underwritten by , the nation’s premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management, resolution, and education services. will feature breaking and investigative news pieces with commentary from industry experts.

“Data breaches and the identity theft that flows from them is the third certainty in life, and their effects can wreak havoc on the financial health and reputation of businesses and consumers alike,” said Adam Levin, chairman and founder of IDT911 and “The public is thirsty for knowledge about all things privacy, and business leaders now know that a breach can easily undo years of brand equity. Everyone at some point in their lives is going to get got, very likely more than once.”


Computers are more ubiquitous, affordable, and networked than ever, said Kevin Ashton, the entrepreneurial mind behind the Internet of Things and keynote speaker at the second annual .

What does that mean for your privacy?

“It means your privacy is not just at risk when you interact with your device, it means your privacy is at risk when you interact with the world,” said Ashton, general manager of Conserve, a division of consumer electronics giant Belkin International.

Ashton, speaking to more than 150 delegates at the conference, shared key trends that illustrate our move into an age where computers are even more prevalent and compact. First, everything is becoming networked, that is more devices are putting data onto the Internet. Second, we’ve arrived at census, the ability of these devices to gather information for themselves. (more…)


Some industries are more negatively impacted by data breaches. For example, retail, media, and financial sectors experience a greater loss of customers, while education and health care sustain a higher cost per exposed record, according to a panel of security experts at the Privacy XChange Forum.

The panel, moderated by Deena Coffman, CEO of IDT911 Consulting, brought together Dr. Deborah C. Peel, founder and chairwoman of Patient Privacy Rights, Arthur Tisi, CIO of Natural Markets Food Group, Ali Waezzadah, vice president of information security at CBS, and Michael Young, vice president and product team manager at EverBank, to discuss “Bull’s-Eye: Why High-Risk Industries Are Data Breach Targets.”

The panelists identified the biggest security challenges they face in their respective industries: (more…)


Welcome to the second annual , a two-day exploration of the Post Privacy Era uniting a diverse group of leaders from the public and privacy sectors at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In the past year, we’ve witnessed numerous data breaches impacting a range of industries including financial, retail and health care. Headlines featured high-profile attacks with software bugs such as Shellshock and Heartbleed.

“This forum, The Post Privacy Era, is meant to be a realistic assessment of where things are in the digital world around privacy and a call to action for all of us who are trying find solutions for people and combat these risks in an intelligent way,” said Matt Cullina, chief executive officer at IDT911, to more than 150 delegates. (more…)

shutterstock_4467124By Gerri Detweiler

Is it OK to lie in order to protect your personal information online? Apparently plenty of people think so. In one survey, 22 percent of “savvy” 8- to 17-year-olds claim, “I don’t give out my details online, I make up fake ones,” according to .

Creating an online persona can be one way to help protect yourself against the intrusions of a hyper-connected world. (more…)