What is a VPN?

You’ve probably seen the letters “VPN” in the news lately. Could stand for a lot of things—“Vodka Party Night” is one of them, according to Urban Dictionary. But the VPN…

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‘Leaky database’ shows your voter registration info to all

A researcher discovers an open database with the personal info of 191 million voters.   You were doing your civic duty. You registered to vote, gave your personal information, allowed your…

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Lust winning out over fear after Ashley Madison info attack

The adultery site claims a huge jump in membership, despite an attack that exposed 32 million members’ data, and no official explanation of what went wrong. Ashley Madison is designed…

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Seasons greetings from a Russian hack attack group

How to protect yourself from this “agile” group with “blindingly fast” attacks.   There are two ways to say ‘hello’ in Russian: a simple way, and a complicated one. “Privet” is…

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Breach boycott: would you stop doing business with a company that’s been hacked?

Consumers are angry over data breaches, a survey reports, and businesses are changing their game plans.       When you hear that a company you do business with has…

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Postcard from Europe: play nice with personal data or pay

Europe is making new rules on digital privacy, and if American companies don’t follow the new policy, they could pay billions.   It’s been said that a boat is a…

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