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Understanding the Dangers of a Man-in-the-Middle Attack

Understanding the Dangers of a Man-in-the-Middle Attack

Have you ever played the telephone game? One person in a group whispers a phrase to another, who then passes it to another, and the fun is had when the group shares what they heard and how the message was garbled along the way. In many ways, this activity is similar to a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack - although the attack is a lot less fun than the game.

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Is Your Business Leaking Data?

Is Your Business Leaking Data?

Take a moment and consider the data that you have collected during your business’ operations. How valuable is it to you? What would it mean if it were to leak out of your business’ control?

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Most Noteworthy Data Breaches in 2019

Most Noteworthy Data Breaches in 2019

With data starting to be treated more like a commodity, companies are spending more time and money attempting to secure the data they have. Some organizations aren’t successful. In 2018 over 446.5 million records were exposed, even as data breaches dropped by 23 percent to 1,244. Today we take a look at some of the most noteworthy data breaches that have happened in the first four months of 2019.

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The Wild Ride That Is Data Privacy, Part II

The Wild Ride That Is Data Privacy, Part II

Earlier this week, we published the first part of our blog, “The Wild Ride That Is Data Privacy” where we went over the systems in place in society that are designed to put your privacy at risk. We continue the article today. Please visit our blog to re.

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The Wild Ride That Is Data Privacy, Part I

The Wild Ride That Is Data Privacy, Part I

Data Privacy is a huge topic these days. We often talk about data security when it comes to protecting your organization’s information, but we often don’t go into a lot of depth when it comes to protecting an individual’s information. It’s important to understand how personal information moves around, so you know what you are up against when it comes to protecting your privacy online. This post is going to be a bit of a deep rabbit hole, but I really want to shine some light on the subject for my readers.

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The Key Facets to Managing Personally Identifiable Information

The Key Facets to Managing Personally Identifiable Information

From an objective point of view, the amount of trust that people put with companies based on the Internet is pretty astounding. In addition to providing whatever product or service they offer, these companies are often given highly sensitive information with hardly a second thought from the consumer. Here, we’ll review how millions of people learn that this trust was misplaced each year, why these companies want all this data in the first place, and how important it is to follow a few data collection best practices in your own business.

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A Letter Back from Santa’s Elves

A Letter Back from Santa’s Elves

We’ve always been a proponent of preparing for the worst and hoping for the best where a business’ solutions are concerned. That’s why we were happy to receive an email from our friends at the North Pole telling us about a situation they ran into just a few days ago...

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Where Does All That Lost Data Go?

Where Does All That Lost Data Go?

The facts are that data is lost, data is stolen, and you have no idea where it has gone. You may come to find out where subsequently, but many times, personal information isn’t much like a cat: once it goes away, you’ll likely never see it again. Today, we will look at the seedy underbelly of the Internet in search of our lost and stolen personally identifiable information.

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Intro to Your Tech: Uploads and Downloads

Intro to Your Tech: Uploads and Downloads

Computing is based on data - manipulating it, accumulating it, and transferring it. These transfers have names that most will find familiar: uploads and downloads. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at these activities, and how they present themselves during regular business use.

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Tip of the Week: Managing your Cloud Data

Tip of the Week: Managing your Cloud Data

There’s no denying the importance of data management for businesses, but companies that utilize cloud-based data storage and infrastructure access have to be extra aware. How can your business ensure that your data storage methods are working for you, and not against you? For this week’s tip, we’ll discuss some of the ways that businesses can best use their cloud-based data storage without compromising efficiency.

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Misconfigured Database Almost Suplexes the WWE

Misconfigured Database Almost Suplexes the WWE

If you’re a fan of the spectacle put on by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., you may find yourself pinned thanks to an error made in some of their databases. This error allowed personal information from three million users to be accessed by anyone who knew where to look.

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How to Find Out if You’ve Got Stolen Data on the Dark Web

How to Find Out if You’ve Got Stolen Data on the Dark Web

Data breaches: these criminal intrusions are conducted against businesses of all sizes. Critical and sensitive data is copied from the system it belongs on to another, unauthorized one--all for someone’s illegitimately-gained benefit. For many businesses, the threat of being struck by a data breach and having their data put up for sale and/or distribution on the Dark Web is very real, especially for those possessing data of a more sensitive nature.

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