Despite the constant drumbeat of bad security news, many users believe it's all a bunch of bunk designed to panic them into buying stuff they don't need. They're right. But that doesn't explain why so few protect themselves by encrypting their wireless access points... especially since it costs them nothing at all. After seeing a wardriving report on my community, I'm depressed.
Think you're protected by credit bureau fraud alerts? Think again. A recent study found that credit reporting agencies fumble the ball 40% of the time... and that's at the simplest level, where agencies turn on the fraud alert. Credit bureaus are screaming bloody murder, but the story sure rings true among those who have dealings with their ilk.
Has Osama Bin Laden been captured? Not yet. But you will be, if you're dumb enough to click on the link in the message. Ted Richardson shares his experience tracking down the culprit... with a little help from Alex Eckelberry, Paul Laudanski, Chris Gunn and Patrick Jordan. Gee. Sometimes it really does take a village.
Millions of vets' necks were laid on the chopping block on the third of May, when a hard disk containing their Social Security numbers was stolen from a VA employee's home. Over the next two weeks, a dozen officials of Veterans Affairs found out, yet nobody got around to telling the vets so they could start protecting their bank accounts and credit records. The reasons why are revealing.
It's back in custody. The stolen laptop containing the names and Social Security numbers of 26.5 million veterans and active duty personnel has been turned over to the FBI. Conflicting news reports claim a guy (or a gal) brokered the deal through the Parks Service (as in "parks and recreation") with a private dick as intermediary... or not. In any event, the FBI and lawmakers promptly declared the data hadn't been copied, so all's well that ends well. What?