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

by Jim Malmberg

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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

Tips to being anonymous Online

by Robert Siciliano

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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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Facebook Rolling Out Email Encryption Tool

by Debra N. Diener J.D. CIPP G

MobileApplications

Facebook announced in a June 1st blog that it will be gradually rolling out a new email feature for its users. The feature will allow Facebook users to add public keys to their Facebook profile. What is the feature and what will these keys do?
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CYBERBULLYING & HARASSMENT

Cyberbullying can range from embarrassing or cruel online posts or digital pictures, to online threats, harassment, and negative comments, to stalking through emails, websites, social networks and text messages.

by Stay Safe Online

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Every age group is vulnerable to cyberbullying, but teenagers and young adults are common victims. Cyberbullying is a growing problem in schools. Cyberbullying has become an issue because the Internet is fairly anonymous, which is appealing to bullies because their intimidation is difficult to trace. Unfortunately, rumors, threats and photos can be disseminated on the Internet very quickly. … Continue Reading

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