Cybersecurity Protections for SMBs Found to Be Lacking

Cybersecurity Protections for SMBs Found to Be Lacking

The ransom demand is also likely to be considerably higher than the cost of cybersecurity protections for SMBs to prevent ransomware attacks.

Proposed bill would make monopolies pay “serious” fines

Proposed bill would make monopolies pay “serious” fines

The proposed law basically seeks to deter anticompetitive and monopolistic behavior by charging great gobs of money against the companies that get caught doing it.And in that same week, Facebook said it was the target of an FTC antitrust investigation, separate from the FTC's probes into its privacy practices.

A Multimillionaire Surveillance Dealer Steps Out Of The Shadows . . . And His $9 Million WhatsApp Hacking Van

A Multimillionaire Surveillance Dealer Steps Out Of The Shadows . . . And His $9 Million WhatsApp Hacking Van

The mythically themed malware was coded by NSO Group, a company Dilian is closely associated with: His first surveillance business, Circles, merged with NSO in 2014, when U.S. private equity firm took control of both for a total of $250 million.

The way to end user tracking in apps once and for all

The way to end user tracking in apps once and for all

The answer simply is: if we don’t want to app developers to sell their users to advertisers, then we need to offer them an alternative way to make a living.

The FTC's Settlement With Equifax Is Such A Joke, The FTC Is Now Begging You Not To Ask For A Cash Settlement

The FTC's Settlement With Equifax Is Such A Joke, The FTC Is Now Begging You Not To Ask For A Cash Settlement

apparently too many people signed up and now the FTC is helping Equifax by telling people not to ask for money from the company any more. First, though, the good: all 147 million people can ask for and get free credit monitoring.

Actually you're not getting that $125 from Equifax, warns the FTC

Actually you're not getting that $125 from Equifax, warns the FTC

"You can still choose the cash option on the claim form," notes the agency, "but you will be disappointed with the amount you receive and you won’t get the free credit monitoring.". WATCH: How to get free money or credit monitoring from the Equifax data breach.

The Danger Coming To Google’s Chrome

The Danger Coming To Google’s Chrome

That’s why we don’t use Google Chrome as a browser on Macs, Windows PCs, iPads, iPhones, and jump through hoops to rid it on Chromebooks. Google is an ad business that gives away free software in exchange for the rights to exercise its ability to extract private information from users.

Why you probably won’t actually get $125 from the Equifax settlement

Why you probably won’t actually get $125 from the Equifax settlement

But the likelihood that you’ll actually get a check for $125 is increasingly slim — because the more people who sign up, the less money each person gets. As developer Rufo Sanchez notes on Twitter, the fine print shows that after $31 million worth of people sign up for those $125 checks...

Google will pay just $13 million to settle long-running Street View data collection lawsuit

Google will pay just $13 million to settle long-running Street View data collection lawsuit

The Street View cars also collect information about local WiFi networks, and a 2010 lawsuit alleged Google grabbed too much data. Google settled with 38 states for $7 million in 2013 to end a case stemming from the same issues.

Govt. Sold Your Driving License Data To Private Companies & Earned Rs 65 Cr

Govt. Sold Your Driving License Data To Private Companies & Earned Rs 65 Cr

of India has not only sold your private data related with driving license and vehicle, but also earned a substantial amount of money. 1 Govt Of India: We Sold Your Driving License Data To Pvt. Firms2 From Where This Data Came From?3 Why Was This Data Sold?4 Is There Any User Consent Here?

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation

Donald Trump is not a fan of Libra, Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency, the president made clear in a series of tweets on Thursday evening. "Facebook Libra’s 'virtual currency' will have little standing or dependability.," Trump tweeted.

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I could see a public API endpoint that was returning the data for this feed, meaning that anyone could make a GET request (like a simple page load) to see the latest 20 transactions made on the app by anyone around the world.

Canadian News Outlet Warns Canadians That US Law Enforcement Officers Will Pull Them Over And Seize Their Cash

Canadian News Outlet Warns Canadians That US Law Enforcement Officers Will Pull Them Over And Seize Their Cash

He points out that the Canadian government has no law limiting the amount of cash Canadians can take into or out of the country, but that has no bearing on what any local police force inside the US would consider to be the "legal" amount of cash a person -- especially a foreign citizen -- can carry.

The Lofgren-Amash Amendment Would Check Warrantless Surveillance

The Lofgren-Amash Amendment Would Check Warrantless Surveillance

Specifically, their amendment would withhold money [PDF] intended to fund Section 702 unless the government commits not to knowingly collect the data of people communicating from within the U.S. to other U.S. residents, and who are not specifically communicating with a foreign surveillance target.

Can the Free Market Save Privacy?

Can the Free Market Save Privacy?

In the midst of this data crisis, lawmakers have started looking to for-profit, privacy-focused companies for ideas on how the free marketplace might help with solutions. and DuckDuckGo just happen to both be search engines, but there are other examples of profitable companies that make money while still respecting user privacy.

Google is tech's top spender on lobbying — Facebook and Amazon are also at record levels

Google is tech's top spender on lobbying — Facebook and Amazon are also at record levels

Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google, is sworn in during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.As the biggest U.S. technology companies face increasing scrutiny from regulators related to privacy practices and market control, they're spending a lot more money to try and influence lawmakers.

Most popular types of cyber attacks against individual users, part I

Most popular types of cyber attacks against individual users, part I

My prediction is that phishing attacks will become more sophisticated because of substantial data leaks that exposed private information to hackers. The three cyber attacks that I mentioned above benefit from such leaks, and it will take some time to train the required number of cybersecurity specialists.

Why Using a Privacy Coin Preserves Our Rights as Global Citizens

Why Using a Privacy Coin Preserves Our Rights as Global Citizens

Now, even more treacherous than standard online environments is the land of crypto. And by using a privacy coin, you’re not transacting your way through crypto networks with a giant target on your back. However, there’s more to privacy than keeping your finances out of the wrong hands.

Virtual kidnappings are rattling families across the US

Virtual kidnappings are rattling families across the US

But Horton noted the majority of virtual kidnapping scams that he sees aren't targeted: "Many of these cases are done at random based on cold-calling numbers, even hotel rooms or wealthy area codes, and using social media posts to search for more information.".

Google Chrome Will Soon Let You Stop Advertisers from Tracking You

Google Chrome Will Soon Let You Stop Advertisers from Tracking You

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is readying a Chrome update that will allow you to block marketing companies from tracking you. The new tool will also give you the option to block all third-party tracking from marketing companies that use your information to make their money.

Nintendo Criticized for Giving User Data to Facebook

Nintendo Criticized for Giving User Data to Facebook

So, the suggestion is that if Nintendo (and other companies that use Facebook for marketing) upload information to Facebook, Facebook then has access to their data whether they have an account on the platform or not.

Apple Is the Best on Privacy, But It's Still Not Close to What We Need

Apple Is the Best on Privacy, But It's Still Not Close to What We Need

Apple should be building a data marketplace for its users, not raising fears about privacy. Such a marketplace won't be easy to build, and Apple already has some huge advantages:Much of the data you'd want to sell as a user is already collected and stored safely by Apple products.

“I have nothing to hide. Why should I care about my privacy?”

“I have nothing to hide. Why should I care about my privacy?”

There are two sets of reasons to care about your privacy even if you’ve got nothing to hide: ideological reasons and practical reasons. You might be okay with governments or security agencies or companies having your private information.

“We want your money, not your data” or how we wrote this [kick-ass] slogan

“We want your money, not your data” or how we wrote this [kick-ass] slogan

A slogan should quickly get your message across, so we first had to understand what’s the one thing we want people to know about Unio. That’s why we wouldn’t be able to sell to advertisers (as some tech companies do) or reveal it to authorities, even if we wanted to.

Using Disposable Services

Using Disposable Services

These services come in the form of disposable mailboxes and phone numbers. Don’t use these for anything personal as multiple people will be able to see it.

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration secretly collected data in bulk about Americans’ purchases of money-counting machines — and took steps to hide the effort from defendants and courts — before quietly shuttering the program in 2013 amid the uproar over the disclosures by the National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, an inspector general report found.

The European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13

The European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13

The EU argues that up until now, online platforms such as YouTube and Google News have been making huge sums of money by hosting or directing people to creative content – but haven’t been funnelling much of that cash back to the people who the content in the first place.

Ad scams on Android are draining your battery and making scammers rich

Ad scams on Android are draining your battery and making scammers rich

In light of all of the technologies and services offered by Google — from its popular search engine to Android — it’s somewhat easy to forget that the vast majority of the company’s revenue — which is in excess of $100 billion annually — comes from advertising.

Search The Thousands Of Disaster Buyouts FEMA Didn't Want You To See

Search The Thousands Of Disaster Buyouts FEMA Didn't Want You To See

Investigations How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich NPR analyzed records from a Federal Emergency Management Agency database of more than 40,000 property acquisitions, or "buyouts," funded by the agency from 1989 through 2017.

Robocalls about your bills can pour in every day, all day

Robocalls about your bills can pour in every day, all day

In an effort to end the calls, Hanson agreed at one point to make a onetime payment of $50 to Discover, though she had less than $200 in her bank account.

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