Staying a Step Ahead of the Bad Guys

By Doug Shadel, AARP Washington state director An identity thief with just a few bits of information about you can max out your credit cards, raid your bank account, even mortgage your house. In this digital age, a criminal can literally become you financially and take over your life. Alice Lipsky (not her real name) did this all the time. Using both high-tech computer skills and low-tech methods like car prowls and stealing purses, she took on the identities of …

Frank Abagnale: Hackers Can Get Your Info in 15 Seconds

Frank Abagnale, former master check forger, has some sobering advice for the rest of us: Hackers likely already have your identity records. He says hackers can steal your identity in 15 seconds or less. Abagnale, who lectures on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, spoke to attendees today at the AARP Ideas@50+ conference underway in San Diego. Among his other revelations: Children make better victims than adults because thieves can use their stolen identity for a longer time. The privacy button on …

7 noticias de impacto esta semana

Estas son las 7 noticias más impactantes de la semana. ¿Crees que falta alguna? Comparte tu opinión en los comentarios: 1. ISIS publica video de la decapitación de otro periodista y desafía al mundo: Ni siquiera la emotiva petición de la madre a través de un video público, donde rogaba clemencia al grupo radical Estado Islámico impidió que su hijo, el periodista estadounidense Steven Sotloff, fuera decapitado. Los extremistas, quienes culparon a Obama y afirman que actuaron en retaliación por las recientes …

Making Your Risqué Photos Less Risky

With news that hackers last weekend managed to uncover and leak nude photographs that 101 celebrities had stored on their smartphones, you may be wondering about the online security of your own salacious selfies. Don’t laugh. Such intimate photos were exchanged on Valentine’s Day 2013 by one in four everyday folks between ages 45 and 54, according to a survey by Internet security firm McAfee. And just last month, staffers with antivirus software manufacturer Avast recovered some 1,000 nude photos from …

Hackers Go Upscale, Infiltrate Neiman Marcus Accounts

Hackers have gone from low-end to high-end retail, as luxury merchant Neiman Marcus became the latest to announce that it’s a victim of a data breach. This comes on the heels of a disclosure last month by Minneapolis-based discounter Target, which reported hackers gained access to payment card data on about 40 million credit and debit accounts between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.  On Friday, Target updated its breach investigation, saying the names, mailing addresses, email addresses and phone numbers …

5 claves para que no seas blanco de los ‘hackers’

Espero que no seas uno de los 40 millones de usuarios de tarjetas de débito o crédito que resultaron comprometidas por el histórico robo de datos en las tiendas Target de Estados Unidos, entre el Dí­a de Acción de Gracias y el 15 de diciembre. La mala noticia, confirmada el jueves por la tienda minorista, ha hecho sonar las alarmas en materia de seguridad informática no solamente a nivel institucional, sino también de los clientes, o sea de personas como …