identity theft

All Wi-Fi now hackable – this affects everyone!

This topic is so serious, I feel obliged to tell as many people as possible. This affects everyone! An extremely serious vulnerability has been exposed affecting everyone. We all use WiFi and we are all vulnerable to this latest attack.   KRACK ATTACK Two Belgian researchers discovered a vulnerability in the WiFi protocol (last year! …

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Who is listening to you and recording everything?

Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and now Barbie.

Google has admitted to scanning your personal Gmail accounts to target ads based on common keywords found. They also record a lot of information “for your convenience” if you make are logged into Google or use a Chromebook. This includes every site you visit, every search term you use, the YouTube videos you watch and saving your passwords.

Microsoft records Skype instant messages (IMs) and has the potential for calls as well.

Apple records all Siri voice commands for an undetermined period of time. Microsoft records all Cortana voice commands.

We were too lazy to get up and walk over to a TV to change the channel so now we have remotes. Now we are even lazier because there are smart-TVs which listen for commands using voice-recognition features. This means the TV is constantly listening to all your conversations in your room, uploading those to the Internet to be processed, and determining if there are any commands in those voice recordings. They also save all the recordings for an undetermined amount of time to improve their products.

And if you still aren’t convinced big brother is watching you, we now allow our children to talk to Barbie, have that information uploaded and processed, and reply back. Parents can choose to have those audio files of conversations stored on a website which means hackers can access them as well. The “Hello Barbie” app (iOS and Android) uses authentication credentials that can be reused by hackers. It also connects a mobile device to any unsecured WiFi network who’s name includes the word barbie. You can use that information to access the home WiFi network and also everything that Hello Barbie is recording.

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12 Fraud Awareness Tips to Protect Yourself Online

With the holiday season approaching, this year is set to break records for the number of purchases made online. In addition to all of the gifts to be bought, parties to be booked, and special little “I deserve it” purchases, there may be a few surprises lurking in dark corners.

Sadly, when it comes to dark corners of the Internet, they aren’t all dark and they aren’t all in corners. Information crime including the theft of credit cards and even identity are also on the rise despite the best efforts of Internet providers and search engines to identify and block them.

The end of November is a very significant time for online shopping. It includes:

  • Black Friday
  • Cyber Monday
  • Online holiday gift shopping
  • International Fraud Awareness Week

In consideration of this very busy time, I have created a simple website to help educate people on Fraud Awareness.

This website was created in under 20 hours using free website software and an eCommerce add-on (WordPress, premade theme, and WooCommerce). I encourage you to try out the website. Select an item or two of interest, proceed to the checkout, and be educated as to how easy this is. Don’t worry, it won’t ask you for payment information and won’t cost you anything.

Here are some tips to help you make safer online shopping choices:

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