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Was your information exposed in the Equifax breach? Now you can request compensation.
Snippets is sorry to have to warn you, but think before you post pictures of your kids. Sharing pictures and videos of family this summer can have unintended and harmful side effects. Child predators see this time of year as an excellent opportunity to exploit pictures of children. The Arkansas attorney general has some good tips about using social media this summer.
Business email comprise scams cost organizations an average of $301 million every month last year. Some of the common scams include emails telling you to send your new-house escrow payment to a different bank account, change an employee's payroll information, wire money to ensure the success of your CEO's "hot deal" and buy a bunch of gift cards.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class action lawsuit against AT&T and two data brokers over their sale of AT&T customers' real-time location data. The lawsuit seeks an injunction against AT&T, which would ban the company from selling any more customer location data and ensure that any already sold data is destroyed.
Best Practices/Risk Management
In Snippets' opinion, taking and sharing nude photos is generally not a good idea. But here's what to do if those pictues are leaked.
Not really security related, but interesting about the rise of the citizen journalists. Two major lessons here: First, we are no longer slaves or beholden to a few major corporations to shape public discourse and influence opinions. Anybody can post their opinions, judgments, and arguments. Second, don't blindly believe or trust what you read online. Again, anyone can post their opinions, judgments, and arguments.
Slogans of the Month
"If they email you asking for cash, be sure to throw it in the trash."
"Prevent despair, get antivirus software."
"Updating Windows is a must, to leave future problems in the dust."
"Don't be mean behind the screen."
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Should You Trust the Links
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