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Join us Friday, October 19, 2018, as we celebrate National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Bring your lunch to Phoenix City Hall, Assembly Rooms A-C, from 11:00-1:00 to hear about current cyber threats and how to protect yourself. Our special guest is a genuine (ethical) hacker from the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range. Come with questions and learn about the weaknesses he exploits.
Facebook hasn't been in the news for two days so somebody hacked them. The attackers exploited a feature in Facebook's code that allowed them to take over nearly 50 million user accounts. Time to reset your passwords!
Phoenix 3TV/CBS 5 posted a nice article about how Arizona computers are being used for cyber warfare. And check out the video interview with Snippet's friend, Brett Scoot of the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range.
You may start hearing the term, "deepfakes" soon. It's a technique that combines and superimposes existing images and videos onto source images or videos. It takes air brushing up to an 11, as this video shows. Deepfakes is a growing, scary trend that can be used to create fake news and malicious hoaxes. Here's another example of a President Obama PSA (warning: contains strong language).
A Michigan mother was arrested after "stealing" her teen daughter's cell phone as a form of discipline. Don't worry, the prosecutor dismissed the charges.
California recently passed a Consumer Privacy Act (CaCPA) to give its residents' control over what personal information businesses collect and share. This is the first law of its type in the nation (CA also passed the country's first privacy breach notification law, SB1386, that many states used as a model for their laws). CaCPA puts pressure on tech firms, so they offered to help write a "toothless" federal law to preempt CaCPA (and other states following CA's lead).
Here's how to remove yourself from people search sites and erase your online presence. Warning: No matter what the article says, once info is out there. You can't totally remove your digital footprint, but you can make it harder for folks to find you.
While Snippets does not officially recommend or disparage any vendor, product, or service, Snippets will definitely not get life insurance from John Hancock. They are now selling only interactive polices that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones. If Hancock is successful, expect other insurance carriers to require monitoring - and where will it end?
Quotes of the Month
"The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents."
- Nathaniel Borenstein
"Men do not like to admit to even momentary imperfection. My husband forgot the code to turn off the alarm. When the police came, he wouldn't admit he'd forgotten the code... he turned himself in."
- Rita Rudner
"Privacy snafus ar to social networks as violence is to football. The whole point of social network is to share stuff about people that's interesting, just as the whole point of football is to upend the guy with the ball. Every so often, someone gets paralyzed, which prompts us to add padding to the helmets or set new rules about tackling. Then we move on."
- Nicholas Thompson
Here's a reminder that loving each other is bigger than any political (or other) circus. This father/son duet with Andrea and Matteo Boccelli literally brought tears to Snippets' eyes.
Snippets loves this collection showcasing the lowest form of humor.
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