Posts in category "Online Security and Privacy"

Hak4Kidz: 4 Reasons to take your kid to a hacking conference

Hak4Kidz: 4 Reasons to take your kid to a hacking conference
Hak4Kidz NFP is a hacking convention for children and young adults. The Chicago Hak4Kidz 2017 event is on June 3rd and registration is open now. I’ll be attending with my son, and we are both very excited to go. But, wait! you may say. I’ve seen movies! I’ve seen stock photos of guys in hoodies!... Read more »

Why it's bad Congress voted to remove internet privacy protections

Why it's bad Congress voted to remove internet privacy protections
Both the Senate and House passed a resolution to roll back FCC internet privacy protections. I’ve seen a variety of reactions to this. Because I saw a lot of unequivocal dissent, but I saw other comments as well. A few of my friends basically said, “This sounds bad, but I don’t fully understand why.” And... Read more »

New information but no answers in my identity theft case

New information but no answers in my identity theft case
Between having my identity stolen and that pesky heart condition I’m having quite a year. I wrote about getting answers regarding the latter. Recently I got more information about the former, but sadly that information doesn’t provide any answers. The detective in Bloomington, Indiana who investigated my case said that he talked to several stores... Read more »
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What I learned about being a victim of identity theft

I am a victim of identity theft. Someone used my social security number, address, and other personal information to go on a $6,000 spending spree in my name. I’m told they probably had a fake id too since they applied for the accounts in person in Bloomington, Indiana. Here is where they successfully opened accounts... Read more »

Apple shouldn't unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone for the FBI

By now you have likely heard that the FBI wants Apple to unlock the iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters (who is now dead). Apple has refused to unlock the iPhone, and I fully support them. This debate is far bigger than one act of terrorism or even the group that... Read more »

Why you should turn on two-factor authentication

For today’s Works for Me Wednesday I am sharing one of my most basic pieces of computer security advice: Enable two-factor authentication (a.k.a. two-step verification) on every account you can. Two-factor authentication is a simple way to prevent someone else from getting access to your accounts. I’ve written about this before (including here, here, and here),... Read more »
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1 in 21 million: The OPM data breach and me

It is now estimated that personal data for 21.5 million people was stolen when the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was hacked. OPM held (I dare not say “managed”) background check records for current and former government employees. The data includes social security numbers, birthdates, current and former addresses, current and former employers, and lists... Read more »

HTTPS does not mean your data is safe

More and more websites are using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) by default. Recently, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) declared that all public-facing websites for U.S. government agencies will use HTTPS by the end of 2016. The increased use of HTTPS instead of unencrypted HTTP is great news for data security... Read more »

Do terms like 'cyber attack' prevent good computer security practices?

According to research by David Hauser, describing cancer as an enemy that needs to be fought reduces the extent to which people focus on preventive behaviors such as changing their diets. Hauser’s work seems to indicate that describing cancer in terms of war and battle metaphors focused people on direct attack actions and made them... Read more »
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3 reasons I will not ask for my children's social media passwords

There has been a some debate over whether schools should be allowed to demand that students hand over their social media passwords. Shannan at Tween Us wrote an excellent post clarifying Illinois laws about school access to passwords. You should read it here. I echo Shannan’s concerns about school access to student passwords. I also... Read more »