Major changes to online privacy – except in the U.S.

Some big changes are coming to online privacy, especially when it comes to companies like Google and Facebook.  The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) establishes a new set of rules designed to give people more control over their data. Think about how much of “you” is online.  Things like who you associate with, … Continue reading Major changes to online privacy – except in the U.S.

Year-long Google study of the dark web shows how accounts get hacked

The folks at Google teamed up with Carnegie Mellon to undertake an extensive study on how accounts get compromised. By searing the dark web, they identified some troubling things: 788,000 potential victims of off-the-shelf keyloggers 4 million potential victims of phishing kits 9 billion usernames and passwords exposed via data breaches and traded on black-market … Continue reading Year-long Google study of the dark web shows how accounts get hacked

Facebook vows to fight back against foreign interference in US elections

CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out his plan to protect the integrity of US election.  He says he wants to make sure “Facebook is a force for good in democracy.” “I don’t want anyone to use our tools to undermine (our) democracy,” Zuckerberg said in a video address.  In order to do that, he said, Facebook … Continue reading Facebook vows to fight back against foreign interference in US elections

Find out if your data was compromised in the Equifax breach – 143 million people are affected

Equifax, one of the world’s largest credit reporting agencies had a major data breach – affecting 143 million people (nearly half the US population).  Released was personal data, and some 200,000 SS# and some credit card numbers. You can go online here to check and see if you are affected.  Equifax is also giving anyone … Continue reading Find out if your data was compromised in the Equifax breach – 143 million people are affected

For goodness sake, update your Windows software RIGHT NOW!

Ransomware is back in the news with a vengeance. The largest coordinated attack in history is underway, exploiting a vulnerability in Windows, and holding people’s computers hostage. Ransomware infects your computer and encrypts your data. It demands payment before releasing it. Authorities have said repeatedly there’s not much you can do. If you pay the … Continue reading For goodness sake, update your Windows software RIGHT NOW!

Media outlets hits by massive “fake like” campaign; Facebook purges 200 million

USA Today lost nearly 6 million likes in April.  They were fake Facebook accounts that had liked the paper.  Parent company Gannett said there are still more than two million more fake accounts floating around.  That adds up to roughly 38% of all likes, according to a CBS analysis of the USA Today Facebook page. … Continue reading Media outlets hits by massive “fake like” campaign; Facebook purges 200 million

Website hacking on the rise – check out the new things hackers are doing

  Google reports an increase in the number of hacked sites.  They estimate that there were roughly 32% more hacked sites in 2016 compared to 2015. “We don’t expect this trend to slow down,” Google said in a recent post.  “As hackers get more aggressive and more sites become outdated, hackers will continue to capitalize … Continue reading Website hacking on the rise – check out the new things hackers are doing

Heavyweight advertisers join the Google/YouTube boycott

The boycott Google movement may be gaining some ground.  Ad Contrarian Bob Hoffman reports that AT&T has now announced it will pull all display ads from Google properties.  This comes on the heels of some of the U.K.’s biggest advertisers, including the government and The Guardian newspaper, pulled its ads from Google and YouTube. It … Continue reading Heavyweight advertisers join the Google/YouTube boycott

Everytime there’s new technology, someone figures out a way to hack it, exploit, or infect it

Doesn't it seems everytime there’s new technology, someone figures out a way to hack it, exploit, or infect it?  16 million homes have had a serious virus problem in the past two years.  The conflicker virus alone has infected nearly 9 million computers. Even cars are being hacked. And there’s this ugly ransomware thing going … Continue reading Everytime there’s new technology, someone figures out a way to hack it, exploit, or infect it

Senior marketing execs: Virtually no proof social media ads are working

First, some facts: Spending on advertising on social media in just the first half of 2016 topped $7 billion dollars, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) study done by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Spending continues to grow. eMarketer projects US 2016 social media ad spend at $15.36 billion for the year. Ad Age reports that marketers are … Continue reading Senior marketing execs: Virtually no proof social media ads are working

Now ransomware is showing up on a Smart TV?

Wow.  Just wow. Darrn Cauthon is a software developer.  On Christmas day, he says, a family member was using their Smart TV and downloaded an app to watch a movie.  The TV set froze up. When it rebooted, this notice appeared claiming to be from FBI Director James Comey. Full of grammatical errors, it said … Continue reading Now ransomware is showing up on a Smart TV?

Biggest ad fraud in history?  Hackers stealing $3-$5 million dollars a day using video ads

White Ops security researchers have exposed the most profitable and advanced ad fraud operation ever seen by the industry. Dubbed "The Methbot Operation" after references to "meth" in the code of the bot itself, a group of operators has siphoned off as much as $180 million from major U.S. media companies and brand advertisers. Controlled … Continue reading Biggest ad fraud in history?  Hackers stealing $3-$5 million dollars a day using video ads

Google Maps renames “Trump Tower” in NYC as “Dump Tower”

If you googled “Trump Tower” for a while this weekend, you’d find this… Instead of this… Yup, somebody re-named Trump Tower as Dump Tower on Google Maps. It was caught after a while and changed back. As you can imagine, it really ticked some people off. Others thought it funny. Google only says that they … Continue reading Google Maps renames “Trump Tower” in NYC as “Dump Tower”

Cyber Criminals now spreading ransomware through Facebook, LinkedIn

If you find a graphic or image on your computer and you don’t remember downloading it, stop before opening! Experts have seen a dramatic increase in what’s Locky Ransomware being shared by unsuspecting victims, now through social media platforms LinkedIn and Facebook. Ransomware is insidious. It locks up your computer and the only way to … Continue reading Cyber Criminals now spreading ransomware through Facebook, LinkedIn

32 Million Twitter passwords may have been stolen — top passwords may surprise you

If your Twitter password is “123456,” “querty,” or “password,” you might have bigger security issues than knowing your Twitter password’s been stolen. But amazingly, those were three of the top five passwords among the 32 million accounts uncovered by the website LeakedSource. They got my password You may have seen the news about Mark Zuckerberg’s … Continue reading 32 Million Twitter passwords may have been stolen — top passwords may surprise you