Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the signing on Jan. 28, 1981 of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.
Tax time is prime time for cyber thieves looking to steal your tax refund by filing a fake return in your name. Such tax ID theft is booming. Last month, the Federal Trade Commission released a report showing a nearly 50 percent jump in identity theft complaints in 2015, owing mostly to a surge in tax refund fraud.
The IRS sent out an ominous message late last month telling company human resource and payroll departments to watch out. The agency received reports that a scam, first detected last year, has been revived and potentially could expose innumerable employees to tax identity theft. It’s a multibillion-dollar fraud that strips real taxpayers of their legitimate government refunds.
Troves of valuable data are flowing to your cars, virtual assistants, fitness trackers, social media accounts and even that robotic dog you might have picked up for your child at the toy store. It isn’t just your phone you have to worry about anymore, but are consumers, tech firms and governments doing enough to safeguard that information?
What do fitness trackers, cars, televisions and children's toys all have in common? When equipped with miniature computers, each can collect incredibly private data about you and your loved ones.
Just as you need to be aware of blind spots when you drive your car, you also need to check for blind spots as you move your company to the cloud. Dazzled by the agility, capital expenditure reductions, efficiencies, and productivity gains the cloud offers, many chief information officers miss four dangers that are hidden in plain sight.
When it comes to dangerous things, the U.S. government has some pretty clever taglines and mascots. We all remember the bear with a big yellow hat who alerted to the perils of leaving a fire burning at a campsite. And the "buckle up for safety" PSA has been making the rounds for decades. But there are a number of intangible threats that aren't given the same attention as fire or car safety -- and that needs to change, according to Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Traveling over the holidays can be stressful, but it can be even worse if you end up getting hacked, lose your travel information or forget your smartphone in the airport lounge.