Aug 8
5 Security Measures You Need to Take Online (Strong Passwords Aren’t Enough)

Hackers grow stronger and more sophisticated every day. Are you protecting your information as fast as they’re learning how to steal your data? Learn how:

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Have you ever been the victim of cybercrime or identity theft?

Larry Ponemon, head of the Ponemon Institute, an independent research group focused on privacy, data protection, and information security policy, tells CNN:

“If you’re not a data breach victim, you’re not paying attention.”

Cybercrime is happening all the time, whether you realize you’re a victim or not.

See, certain hackers can drain your bank account or make fraudulent purchases on your stolen credit cards, which is easy to spot. But other more sophisticated hackers have the ability to collect your private data, breach major companies, steal your identity, and get you in a mess of financial trouble.

Since most of us are still going to shop online—and we’re definitely not going back to brick-and-mortar banking—it’s crucial to know how to protect your most private information.

Sure, you may already have super strong passwords, but that’s not enough anymore. Take these 5 security measures today if you want to keep your data secure online. READ MORE “5 Security Measures You Need to Take Online (Strong Passwords Aren’t Enough)”

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Jul 18
Is a Personalized Internet Actually a Good Thing?

We’re now in the age of the personalized web. Customized app and browsing experiences are now the norm. The question remains: is this actually a good thing?

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Isn’t it wonderful that you can search for something on your browser, or smartphone, and have the perfect result displayed there right at the top? No poking around, no digging, just the exact thing you were looking for every time.

Talk about a timesaver. It’s like having your best friend around 24/7.

But this might not be as great as it seems. Like anything, the increasing personalization of the web does have its drawbacks. None of us wants to spend hours searching for a recent news story, or a random fact to show our friends, but when personalization begins to form our opinions for us, it’s something we need to examine further.

Below we dive into what Internet personalization actually is and the far reaching effects it may have on our digital and physical lives. READ MORE “Is a Personalized Internet Actually a Good Thing?”

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Jul 11
What Are Ad Blockers and Why Should I Use Them?

Have you heard about ad blockers, but aren’t quite sure where to start? We cover the “why” behind ad blockers and offer a few of our favorites.

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To block, or not to block, that is the question.

Have you ever been fully immersed in an article, only to have your attention hijacked by an ad? Do you feel paranoid that the ads you see are almost reading your mind?

You’re not alone. And luckily, there’s a way to stop them.

Below we dive into what ad blockers actually are, why you should use them, and offer a few of our favorites you can take out for a test drive. READ MORE “What Are Ad Blockers and Why Should I Use Them?”

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Jul 7
7 Ways to Preserve Your Privacy Online

Want to know how to preserve your already limited privacy? We dive into seven different ways you can up your online privacy game.

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Privacy is becoming a rarity these days. There’s probably enough information floating around about you online that it wouldn’t be too difficult to build an accurate representation of who you are offline.

Governments, corporations, advertisers. There’s a giant war going on online, and you’re in the middle of it. Your data, your attention, your very soul is at risk. Beyond companies bidding over your precious data, there are a ton of other risks lurking online, like malware, viruses, phishing, and identity theft scams.

Yikes! Maybe it’s time to unplug and go off the grid. But, if you’re like me (and anyone else who needs the Internet to function, so, um, everyone), there is another way. It just takes a little bit more effort on your part. But when you think of all the potentially disastrous consequences that can be avoided, you’ll probably see it as a great investment.

Below we highlight seven different ways you can preserve and protect your privacy online without sacrificing your sanity. READ MORE “7 Ways to Preserve Your Privacy Online”

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Jun 27
Social Media Is Making Us Miserable: Here’s What You Can Do About It

Do you feel like social media might actually be making you unhappy? Your hunch might be right. We explore why and give you a few remedies inside.

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We’ve all been there. It’s 1am, you need to get to sleep, yet your thumb just keeps scrolling down the newsfeed. With each scroll, your self worth declines, and you feel worse and worse about yourself until you finally drift off to sleep.

Or, how about this one? You finally have a free moment during the day. You’ve been fairly productive, have produced some good work, skipped the fries and had a salad instead…and you  even squeezed in a morning run. Yup, you’re feeling pretty great about yourself. But then disaster strikes.

READ MORE “Social Media Is Making Us Miserable: Here’s What You Can Do About It”

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Jun 20
Your Attention Is Being Sold to the Highest Bidder: How We’ve All Become Products

We’ve slowly transitioned from living, breathing humans into nothing more than a set of eyeballs advertisers can buy. How did this happen? We explore in this post.

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Every single second you are being sold. Did you feel it? Maybe not. Because it’s subtle. And we’ve grown used to it. 

Your attention currently powers the greatest corporations of our time. Most of the current innovations across Google, Facebook, and other internet giants are funded by our eyeballs. Our focused attention.

These giant networks sell our attention to advertisers who then sell us products that are based upon the data these companies provided them. How else do you think the sidebar ads that keep showing up are strangely compelling and begging you to click?

Below we look at why advertisers are battling over our attention and what we can do to protect ourselves from this raging war. READ MORE “Your Attention Is Being Sold to the Highest Bidder: How We’ve All Become Products”

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Jun 13
Why Protecting Your Children’s Online Rights Is Your Responsibility

As a parent, it’s important for you to take your child’s online privacy seriously. Inside, we illustrate why—as well as what you can do to improve it.

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Kids are connected to the Internet and using smartphones and tablets at an earlier age than ever before. As a parent, this only adds to your list of things you need to manage and stay on top of.

Sharing personal information about your children freely and letting them browse the web with wild abandon will only lead to problems later on.

Below we illuminate why protecting your children’s digital sovereignty is your responsibility, and give you a few ways you can help to mitigate the negative consequences of Internet and social media connectivity from a young age. READ MORE “Why Protecting Your Children’s Online Rights Is Your Responsibility”

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Jun 10
William Hague: ‘No One Has Absolute Right To Privacy’

Less than 24 hours after the controversial Investigatory Power Bill passed through the U.K. House of Commons, former Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he believes there should be no “absolute right to privacy.”

The bill, referred to as the Snooper’s Charter by privacy and human rights advocates, will require internet service providers and mobile phone companies to maintain records of customer’s emails, texts, internet browsing activity and voice calls for 12 months.
READ MORE “William Hague: ‘No One Has Absolute Right To Privacy’”

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Jun 8
The public relations nightmare that is a data breach: How to avoid a PR disaster and protect your business & customer base

Not a week goes by where a data breach doesn’t rear its ugly head – recently we have seen Tumblr and LinkedIn fall victim to cyber attacks, while TalkTalk, Sony and Target have become big name brands synonymous with the ‘mega breach’ moniker, seemingly mentioned in every introductory paragraph of data breach rhetoric. MySpace is reportedly the next giant to be exposed in a mega breach, rumoured to be the biggest data breach yet – though we will have to wait to see if this accolade materialises.

In CBR’s data breach series, we have told you how to identify if a data breach has hit your business, followed with what to do in the first few critical hours after discovery. Response to a data breach must be led by quarantine, blocking the threat and removing the malware or vulnerability. However, there is a non-IT side to every response plan – a side which is just as important as the technical response in the mitigating of damages to the business. READ MORE “The public relations nightmare that is a data breach: How to avoid a PR disaster and protect your business & customer base”

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Jun 8
The silent web: Is encryption here to stay?

What’s your secret? Encrypted instant messaging is the latest trend, from apps like BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Telegram and Signal to Wire, Wickr and Surespot. Not forgetting Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime. Before we know it, everything will be encrypted. It mostly already is.

Encryption often crops up when talking about criminals, usually painted as a tool for terrorism, but that’s just spin from power grabbing politicians – we already live in an encrypted world. ATMs, phone calls, bank transfers, even the files we sync with Dropbox – it’s all encrypted. It’s got to be. The trend towards encrypted messaging apps is just the latest part of the jigsaw. READ MORE “The silent web: Is encryption here to stay?”

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