Archive for the ‘Internet Safety’ Category

9_Celebrity hacking

It’s one thing to be pursued by fans and paparazzi. It’s another thing when hackers are on your tail.

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and other well-known names got a taste of a new cybercrime called “doxxing” when their sensitive information, including financial details and photos, was posted to a Russian website. Read more about it here.

Your financial stats and pics may not be as enticing as a pop star’s, but this is a good opportunity to take steps to protect your identity online. Here are some tips from our experts:



Consumers nationwide now have a wealth of information about themselves listed online in various places, some of which they know about, and others they don’t. As such, many now want to do more to protect themselves.

Because of the greater amount of attention now being paid to consumers’ online privacy and the ways in which they can protect themselves from potential issues that stem from sharing personal data, many are now far more cautious when approaching online services, according to . It seems that many Web users now look for far more information about about the ways in which their data might be shared as well.


3_Data Diet

Losing some excess flab should be at the top of the list of New Year’s resolutions for your small to medium-sized business.

Not you, owner and proprietor. You look great. It’s the reams of data jiggling around your company’s servers and hard drives that could use some trimming.

Monday is the perfect time to start. It’s National Data Privacy Day, created to raise awareness about the importance of keeping personal information private, especially on social networks and the Internet.



Millions of singles turn to Internet dating sites each year in the hopes of finding a mate. I know because I was one of them.

In 2001, on a dare from my brother and sister, I signed up for JDate and went out with one person. Long story short, we’ve been happily married for 10 years and have two beautiful children.

In my brief online dating experience I joined many other hopeful suitors who trust these services with their personally identifiable information, credit card numbers, photos, and even details about their interests and lives. But is that information well-protected by the matchmaking companies? Winning hearts is great, but should you have to lose control over your identity to do it?


Convenience: It’s the catchword of our time. Coffee comes in pods, checks are deposited by smartphone, and big-ticket purchases are made—literally—with the click of a button.

But with convenience comes risk (OK, maybe not the coffee). As companies offering instant credit allow consumers to acquire thousands of dollars of debt in an instant, criminals cash in. Services such as BillMeLater, a PayPal company that allows customers to make purchases on credit after a simple sign-up process and credit check, have created an identity theft trend and left victims fighting to clear their names.

The IDentity Theft 911 Fraud Resolution Center reports more than 55 such cases this holiday season. “It’s a growing problem,” said Donna Miller, an IDentity Theft 911 fraud investigator. “It’s unfortunate that this crime is striking at a time when consumers are more likely to be distracted.”


As more consumers pick up their smartphone and tablet to go holiday shopping, cyber crooks will try just about anything to dupe them out of their hard-earned money.

Forty percent of identity theft victims were targeted while making online purchases in 2011, according to an identity fraud report by Javelin Strategy & Research. Meanwhile identity fraud increased by 13 percent, with more than 11.6 Americans falling prey to the scams.


Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner. With more holiday shoppers turning away from the mall and turning toward their laptops and mobile devices, make sure you’re armed with the know-how to keep your personal information safe.

These famous names struggled with, and overcame, bullying at its worst

If you’re being cyberbullied, you’re in good company. Victims of online haters include pop stars, actors and other celebrities now at the top of their game.

Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato were bullied when they were younger. Now LeAnn Rimes is the latest celebrity to draw attention to the issue. But these high achievers have turned the tables—in different ways. Let’s see what lessons we can learn from their experiences.


Cyberbullying can start as early as second grade, often peaks in fourth grade, and returns in the seventh and eighth grades, according , an Internet safety and privacy lawyer.

More than 85 percent of 45,000 students at North American schools admitted to being targeted in the past year, according to a survey conducted by Aftab.


Learn how to recognize cyberbullying warning signs and how to shut it down, all while strengthening your relationship with your child. Here are the most-asked questions we get from parents new to the world of cyberbullying:

1. So what exactly is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying happens when someone (of any age) uses technology to harass, embarrass, intimidate or stalk someone else. Cyberbully tools include emails, instant messages, text messages, social media, photos, videos or even chat on online gaming sites. Cyberbullying leaves its victims feeling scared, isolated, intimidated and humiliated. It’s not a joke, a phase, or a “kids will be kids” part of growing up.