Smart Grid and Smart Homes – Make Sure You Read the Fine Print

by Jim Malmberg


June 24, 2015 – It has been a while since we’ve written about the smart grid – smart utility meters that are connected to the internet. These meters are supposed to provide consumers with a way to monitor their utility usage and add some conveniences such as being able to shut the lights off if you suddenly realize you left them on. But as we’ve mentioned before, there is a dark side to the smart grid. It has to do with the data that is being collected on you and who will have access to it. The smart grid will eventually expose virtually every American consumer to some radical changes associated with personal privacy while in the home. And as with any large-scale program connected to the internet, the smart-grid is database driving… meaning that it is a potential goldmine for hackers. … Continue Reading

Samsung Devices: Security Risks

by Debra N. Diener J.D. CIPP G


Over the last few days, there have been numerous media sources reporting the major security flaw and security risks in Samsung mobile devices. I urge anyone who has a Samsung mobile device to keep posted on this matter. … Continue Reading

Be Cautious When Using Wi-Fi

by Robert Siciliano

Airport Wi-Fi

The proliferation of mobile devices means that we can work or play online from almost anywhere, so it’s no surprise that public Wi-Fi networks have become more common. From hotels and coffee shops, to universities and city centers, Wi-Fi is widely available, but is connecting to these networks safe? … Continue Reading

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1.5 minutes can save you…a heap of trouble!

We’ve all heard the ads saying that 15 minutes can save you 15%. Some ads claim to save you more in even less time. Well, the FTC can save you lots of headaches in about a minute and a half. We recently released new short videos explaining the basics about three topics that affect millions of us: … Continue Reading

Phony Clients Fool Photographers in New Scam

Freelance photographers are getting targeted by a new con. Scammers are posing as potential clients and fooling photographers into paying thousands of dollars. It’s a new twist on the classic overpayment scam.
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Tips to being anonymous Online

One of mankind’s greatest inventions (besides the wheel) is the Internet.

Unfortunately, with this marvelous invention comes the drawback of privacy—or shall we say, lack of.
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