cyber security

Views & Brews: Who's Tracking Your Digital Footprint?

Jul 24, 2015

With every step you take online, you're leaving tracks. Experts can piece together a picture of you based on your use of websites, social media, smartphones and online commerce.  At this Views & Brews event, a panel of local experts shares their knowledge and opinions about the benefits and drawbacks of life in the digital age. [See links at the bottom of this page for further reading] 

 

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Nearly 4 million past and current federal employees may have fallen victim to the latest cybersecurity attack against the Office of Personnel Management.

The federal agency said in a statement that it discovered the breach in April, during a recent push to update the its "cybersecurity posture." OPM says people's names, social security numbers, dates and places of birth, and current and former addresses were hacked.

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

When President Obama took office back in 2009, "cybersecurity" was not a word that everyday people used. It wasn't debated. Then, mega-breaches against consumers, businesses and the federal government changed that.

DENTON — The Sally Beauty chain confirmed Thursday that it has suffered its second data breach in just over two years.

The beauty products seller notified customers earlier this month that it was investigating reports of unusual activity on payment cards used at some of its U.S. locations. Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. would not talk about the scope of the illegal intrusion Thursday because the investigation is ongoing. Its shares have fallen almost 5 percent in the past month.

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Smart phones are old news. With recent technological developments, the Internet of Things has moved into consumers' kitchens, cars, and living rooms. Fridges, toasters, and TVs all have the capability to connect to the Internet, collect information, and share that data with third parties. 

These devices are making our lives easier. LG's new fridge can sense when food is spoiled and will order more groceries. Smart meters help monitor homes' energy usage. But the possibilities don't just favor the consumer. Some smart TVs watch what you're watching and send that information to advertisers.

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