Why is Ashley Madison the beginning of Identity Theft 2.0?

ashley_madisonIf you haven’t read about the Ashley Madison data breach, read this or this or this. Abine sees Ashley Madison as illustrating one of the most important trends in the 21st century: the loss of privacy combined with the rise of hackers exposing mass data sets. We call this Identity Theft 2.0. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a cheater or not– almost every online site that knows your identity (even just your email address) can be hacked, easily – and almost all databases hold secrets about us that can be used in ways that can harm us, and typically harm us more than we could ever anticipate.

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Abine at Keynote 2015- The Future of FinTech

Abine to present at Keynote 2015- The Future of Financial Technology Conference

Keynote is an annual conference that is created and hosted by a team of industry experts who specialize in banking, payments, development and advertising. Abine will present alongside industry experts focused on authentication and more broadly the future of a more distributed financial services ecosystem.


If you are an Abine customer, partner, or payments industry professional, we encourage you to join us in Los Angeles.

Details: On August 3rd, 2015, Keynote 2015 will be taking place at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The Keynote 2015 conference will focus on the future of Financial Technology (FinTech).

This year, our very own Abine CEO and co-founder, Rob Shavell, has been invited to speak at Keynote 2015. Rob will be speaking about Mobile and Web Security on the morning of 8/3/15. Read More

LastPass, Blur, 1Password – hacking password managers?

LastPass, Blur, Dashlane, 1Password – hacking password managers?

Here at Abine, we operate Blur, an app to help everyone with their Passwords, Payments, and Privacy. A core part of Blur is its password manager, so, naturally when LastPass announced they were potentially hacked last week, many millions of people started asking questions about password managers:

– Are password managers safe to use?
– Is it really better to use a password manager than just a few common passwords I remember and don’t write down anywhere?
– If hackers can steal my passwords from LastPass, is there any hope any company can keep my data safe?
– Is there anything safe out there, anything convenient? Should I just continue to do what I’ve been doing..?

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Stop! Before You Post on Facebook

Facebook tracks you by browsing historyHow careful are you about what you share on Facebook and other social networks? Probably not very. But in light of a new initiative Facebook is launching, you may want to give more thought to what you post on the social web.

Under Facebook’s new program, select data-analysis companies will be able to harvest the vast quantities of content that Facebook’s 1 billion-plus users produce. The real beneficiaries will be those data companies’ clients – large consumer brands like Procter & Gamble, ConAgra, General Mills and others.

As Advertising Age describes, Facebook (by way of a company called DataSift) will give its data partners access to a treasure trove of user data. Read More

5 steps to help protect yourself from the NSA

nsa_spyingNearly 9 out-of-10 Americans have heard of Edward Snowden and the NSA leaks, but only 34% of people have taken at least one step to shield their information, according to a Pew Research Center study released today.

Almost two years after Snowden made his initial revelations, Pew has published a study in which they asked Americans what they thought of the government surveillance programs that Snowden revealed, and whether they have altered their online activities and communication habits since they have learned details of the surveillance.

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