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The repeal of the FCC Internet privacy rules has spurred on many discussions on privacy online and how companies collect and use that information.  I have fielded many questions on what this means for consumers and their privacy when going online, using search engines, and social media.  Some have wondered how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) differ from search engines and social media in how they collect consumer data. The difference between how ISPs and social networks or search providers collect and use data comes down to the how easy it…

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Ransomware is infecting the computers of unsuspecting victims at an astronomical rate. The various methods that cybercriminals use to take over a machine and encrypt its digital files are called the attack vectors, and there are quite a few. In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 ransomware attack vectors. The first five exploit human weaknesses through social engineering attacks. In other words, they use carefully crafted messages to entice victims into clicking a link, downloading software, opening a file or entering credentials. The second five spread ransomware computer to…

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Social networking is my thing this year and I just wanted to share my strategy with you in case you find it useful. I spend about 30 minutes each day managing my Twitter and Linkedin accounts and it really helps.  Each day on Linkedin, I search for others I can connect with. I also look through my connections and find people whom I can endorse and after endorsing them I ask them to endorse me as well. I added my social networks to my email signature so that people I…

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While many people think that a person's social media posts, photos, and conversations are protected as private information, especially if the user has "private" settings, courts have thus far denied this privilege. In one case in Virginia, an attorney advised his client to delete incriminating photos from his Facebook and later deactivate the account. This was considered spoliation, or destruction of evidence, and it led to fines for both the client and the attorney.  It may actually end the attorney's career. Lawyers need to be careful when they advise clients…

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Curious how data from social media can be used in court? This infographic provides a wealth of information.

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