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1.2 Billion Passwords Stolen! What Should You Do?

Many of us have seen the headlines reporting that a Russian crime ring has stolen user names, passwords and email addresses. The 1.2 billion passwords and possibly other personal information was stolen from over 420,000 websites worldwide. The hackers have been targeting every website they could from large corporations to very small website. It appears that the stolen data has been used primarily to send spam on social networks.

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Back to School Time Already? Check Out These Shopping Tips

It’s August and the back to school sales are in full swing. And there is something on sale for every member of the family. Smart shoppers will do their homework to ensure they will get the most for their dollars before heading to the store or online. Here are a few tips to help.

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Concerned About Online Tracking? You're Tracked Offline Too

The discussion about the tracking of our activities, purchases, likes, and so forth has been focused online. Now comes news about tracking us in stores and other places offline. While stores have used various methods to track customers within the store, these have usually been anonymous. Now stores are taking advantage of technology and using information that is transmitted by smartphones such as the media access control (MAC) address and retailer’s or shopping apps. In addition, apps provided by retailers can collect personal data and information about buying habits.

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Facebook Ad Policy is Changing. Is It Good or Bad? It Depends.

Facebook has announced that they are changing their Ad policy and giving users more control over the ads they see. Is this a good change for users or a bad change? It depends. If you want more relevant ads, this might be good. Currently Facebook shows ads based on your Page likes and other information you have shared on Facebook. Soon, the ads will become more personalized by using data collected from tracking your browsing and activity on other websites and apps you use.

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Beware of Scams That Follow Data Breach Reports

Data breaches are in the news so often that many people are ignoring them. By ignoring the breaches, these persons could be easy targets for scammers. Scammers are taking advantage of announced data breaches by using concern about the report or the stolen data to “phish” for more information such as credit card and bank account numbers. For example, with the recent eBay announcement, phishing scams have appeared as an email from “eBay” asking you to re-enter your credit card information and as a phone call from an “eBay” employee who wants you to verify your credit card information.

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Two More Online Security Issues: Internet Explorer and AOL

5/2/2014

It seems like there is at least one announcement every week about a data breach or online security issue. This week there have already been two: a security hole in the Internet Explorer browser and a security breach at AOL. Here’s what you need to know about them.

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August 2014

Energy Saver: Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home
This updated guide from the US Department of Energy has updated statistics and recommendations for saving energy at home and on the road.

The truth about product registration cards
Do you think that you have to return that registration card in order for the warranty to be valid? Read this article before you fill out one.

How to say scram to crammed charges on your mobile bill
Do you review your mobile phone bill regularly? This article tells why you should.

Be TireWise!
This site from safercar.gov provides tips on buying and maintaining the tires for your vehicles.

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