Smartphone Kill Switches Are Here

kill-switch-170Minnesota’s new smartphone “kill switch” law takes effect on July 1, 2015.  It requires that all smartphones sold in Minnesota come with a preinstalled kill switch or a free app which provides the same function.  A similar law in California takes effect on the same date, but requires all phones come with the app preinstalled.  Federal legislation has been proposed, but so far ...

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Personal Information: What is the Worst to Lose?

anthem-250I was reading an article on Sophos about the Anthem Healthcare breach, and putting this information together with some other articles I have read recently, and this question came to mind: what personal information is the worst to lose?  In the Anthem breach, people lost information that included their “names, dates of birth, member ID/social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email ...

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What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen

Identity theft is becoming commonplace, and many people are still confused about what to do when it happens to them.  Last year we had a couple of things happen that were concerning. The first instance was when we received a T-Mobile debit card that was ordered in a Safeway store in Silver Springs, Maryland, made out in my wife’s name, and mailed to our address in Bayport, MN.  We cancelled the card with T-Mobile off course and checked the three credit bureaus. ...

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