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

by Jim Malmberg

cybercrime

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

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

1.5 minutes can save you…a heap of trouble!

by Federal Trade Commission

WebBrowsers

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

Tips to being anonymous Online

by Robert Siciliano

Virus

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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Top 12 Scams Happening NOW

by Robert Siciliano

Scam

Scamerama is here to stay! Scams are as old as time, and evolve as inventions and technology evolve. Top scams, according to a report on FraudAvengers.com, are as follows: … Continue Reading

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Unfortunately, with this marvelous invention comes the drawback of privacy—or shall we say, lack of.
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Deep Flood Water in Residential Area. Des Plains IL USA. City Under River Flood Water. Nature Disasters Photography Collection.
Buying a flood-damaged car could leave you high and dry

Recent storms and flooding plaguing the Midwest and Southeast could impact car buyers across the country. Vehicles damaged by floods in those area can be cleaned up and taken out of state for sale. You might not know a vehicle is damaged until you take a closer look or have a mechanic check it out. … Continue Reading

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Watch out for scholarship scams

Graduation season means optimism about a bright future ahead. Unfortunately, scam artist know how stressful paying for college can be and they’ve tailored a fraud to separate eager students and their families from their money: scholarship scams. As millions of college graduates don their caps and gowns this spring, advocates are warning them of the signs of too-good-to-be-true aid offers. … Continue Reading

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