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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 13, 2024

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 13, 2024 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Swatting: The new normal in ransomware extortion tactics; EFF Unveils Its New Street Level Surveillance Hub; IRS has ‘unconscionable delays’ in helping identity theft victims, taxpayer advocate says; and Outlook is Microsoft’s new data collection service.

A Bold New Plan for Preserving Online Privacy and Security

IEEE Spectrum: “…We’re all hoping that companies will keep us safe, but it’s increasingly clear that they don’t, can’t, and won’t. We should stop expecting them to.” To ensure that cloud services do not learn more than they should, and that a breach of one does not pose a fundamental threat to our data, we… Continue Reading

We Should Get Paid for Our Online Data

TIME: “Since January 2023, the United States Department of Justice along with the Attorneys General of California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Virginia, have been in court pursuing a civil antitrust suit against Google. And on Sept. 26, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission and 17 state attorneys general filed a… Continue Reading

How to Block Emails on Gmail

MakeUseOf: “An overflowing inbox filled with unread emails, spam messages, and annoying notifications can quickly become overwhelming. Luckily, Gmail provides simple tools to help you clean up your inbox and stop unwanted emails from bombarding you. Let’s take a closer look at how to stop unwanted emails from finding their way into your inbox. We’re… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 14, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 14, 2023. Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Your Online Account May Have Been Breached? Don’t Just Sit There. Do Something.

WSJ via MSN: “How do consumers respond when their online accounts are exposed to hackers? Many of them simply don’t. Data breaches at major firms have become all too common, with more than 110 million user accounts exposed in just the second quarter of 2023. Yet our research found that nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers… Continue Reading

Were you caught up in the latest data breach? Here’s how to tell

ZDNet: “Wondering if your information was posted online from a data breach? Here’s how to check if your accounts are at risk and what to do next…IBM estimates that the average cost of a data breach in 2022 for companies was $4.35 million, with 83% of organizations experiencing one or more security incidents. However, talk of… Continue Reading

How Long to Keep Every Important Financial Document

Lifehacker – Avoid identity theft and legal nightmares through proper document retention and destruction. Properly storing, saving, and disposing of financial documents isn’t just a good way to cut down on clutter and save yourself from potentially nightmarish paper-chases when The Man calls. It also makes it harder for anyone to steal your identity. How… Continue Reading

North Korean hackers using Chrome extensions to steal Gmail emails

Bleeping Computer: “A joint cybersecurity advisory from the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) and the National Intelligence Service of the Republic of Korea (NIS) warn about Kimsuky’s use of Chrome extensions to steal target’s Gmail emails. Kimsuky (aka Thallium, Velvet Chollima) is a North Korean threat group that uses spear… Continue Reading

Edelman Trust Barometer 2022

The Cycle of Distrust: “We find a world ensnared in a vicious cycle of distrust, fueled by a growing lack of faith in media and government. Through disinformation and division, these two institutions are feeding the cycle and exploiting it for commercial and political gain. Distrust is now society’s default emotion Nearly 6 in 10… Continue Reading

IPUMS Complete Count Data (1790-1940)

“IPUMS USA makes freely available to researchers worldwide complete count U.S. Census microdata through 1940. This dataset includes over 650 million individual-level (1850-1940) and 7.5 million household-level records (1790-1840). The microdata represents the fruition of longstanding collaborations between IPUMS and the nation’s two largest genealogical organizations —Ancestry.com and FamilySearch— to leverage genealogical data for scientific… Continue Reading