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Hack of Capital One Exposes Information on 100,000 Customers

Hack of Capital One Exposes Information on 100,000 Customers

Capital One is one of the largest credit card issuers in the world. On July 29th 2019, Capital One made an announcement, confirming it is the victim of one of the largest data breaches in financial sector history, as a former software engineer for Amazon has been indicted on charges related to the hacking.

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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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Web Safety Tips - Protecting your personal information

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), an estimated 17.6 million persons, or about 7 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014. Although that sounds incredibly alarming, there are precautionary steps we can take not to become a victim.

Listen to your gut and common sense. If something looks "funny" about a card swiper or ATM machine, don't use it. If something seems important, don't toss it - use a shredder. Trying to put in practice these e behaviors can also help:

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Tip of the Week: Feel Uncomfortable About Having Your Family History Online? Here’s How to Opt Out

Tip of the Week: Feel Uncomfortable About Having Your Family History Online? Here’s How to Opt Out

However far back you’re able to recall your family tree, it’s likely that the Internet can go even further; all by typing your name into a genealogy website like FamilyTreeNow.com. While such a tool is helpful for those curious of their origins, it can also creep out those who have a problem with too much of their personal information being publicly available online. Therefore, for this week’s tip, we’re going to show you how to opt out of FamlyTreeNow.com.

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