Internet scams have become so commonplace in society that they’ve actually become a joke, a meme all their own. Popular television shows, movies, and even children’s programming have had light-hearted references to strange emails from deposed royalty, asking for help in moving some money out of the country in exchange for a cut of the […]

Every once in a while, news comes out about a scary new internet virus or a widespread hacking that attacks a lot of important, high profile computers. It makes us all take a little closer look at our own computer accounts and our online behaviors. A new bug, called Heartbleed, has been two years in […]

Is your computer audio-enabled? That might be enough to get it hacked, according to recent findings from German researchers with the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing, and Ergonomics. As revealed in a paper for the Journal of Communications, the researchers successfully hacked computers using nothing but sound. Before you start worrying about your own machine, take […]

There’s been a lot of attention paid to Facebook and possible links to identity theft over the past year.  Facebook now claims a Billion (with a B) users worldwide and users share information about their lives to a greater or lesser degree, based on what they post on Facebook.  Each user also may have a varied […]

Snapchat is an app that helps users connect by allowing them to send pictures which will quickly disappear after sending.  However, on New Year’s Day, they shared a lot more than they wanted to when their databases were hacked and information of 4.6 million users was leaked. This information included the phone number of these users, […]

Security analysts have been warning us for a while now that malware is an issue of concern on the Android Smartphone platform.  The operating system from Google is the most popular operating system in todays’ smartphones. Hackers can do more than just spam your contact list with free offers for pharmaceuticals or deals on your next […]

Being that I handle all of the ITRC’s social media, I come across scams all the time.  Usually they are pretty obvious and fit into a category which I have pointed out before.  However, this morning I came across something that made me shake my head with amazement. Cyber criminals have gotten so sophisticated and […]

A significant amount of attention has been focused recently on the Adobe data breach incident involving millions of passwords, user names, and in some cases, customer credit card records. The terms “encrypted”, “salted” and “hashed” have been bandied about by the media when explaining what Adobe did or didn’t do in regard to password storage […]

Social media is all about sharing. We post updates about how our day is going, share what our children are doing, show off pictures from family vacations, and even take pride in the cuteness of our pets. There’s a feeling of community in social media, and that community continues to grow every day. In fact, […]

Is it just us or did the holidays roll around a little early this year? With time flying by and holiday shopping approaching quickly, we thought it would be helpful for our audience if we covered the topic of mobile payment safety.  Mobile devices have made our lives so much easier haven’t they?   Gone […]