Between Cyber Monday Nov 28th 2016 and Christmas Eve December 24th – or perhaps December 25th with Amazon same day delivery – US consumers will spend over $50 billion dollars on e-commerce holiday shopping primarily by going online and using hundreds of millions of traditional plastic credit cards from Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover to pay. These credit cards are a target for hackers, scammers and disreputable marketers alike because they can be stolen, charged, and re-charged easily before banks catch on and shut them down. Read More
Last week, Mozilla released the latest version of their well-renowned browser, Firefox 50. In the early 2000s, Firefox gained significant market share over competitors like Internet Explorer (Microsoft) and AOL (America Online) because it was (and still is) open-sourced, and allowed for extreme customization based on user preferences. However, as time went on, Firefox struggled to keep up with its popularity while consumers began migrating to different browsers like Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera Browser, and most recently, Microsoft’s re-entry into the market with MS Edge. Mozilla’s announcement About Firefox v. 50 is exciting on multiple fronts, and we’re about to tell you why. Read More
There is no product I’m aware of in the world that protects people from data breaches and identity theft better than Abine’s solutions (www.abine.com). However, the commercial marketplace for consumer-facing data breach services (which has grown over the last decade as data breaches have exploded in size and number) is devoid of new thinking. There has been extremely limited innovation in protecting consumers from data breaches.
It remains centered on the decades-old practice of giving consumers “credit monitoring, alerting, and restoration services” many of which are put to use by less than 1% of customers. Read More
Anyone who’s ever registered at AdultFriendFinder, Penthouse.com, and a variety of other web sites in this company’s network (yes, that is apparently around 400M accounts) should make sure they didn’t use passwords there they also use elsewhere. Read More
It’s been a spooky October for online privacy. Much is happening this October in online privacy and the FCC and Google are providing lots of news related to how consumer privacy is – or isn’t – protected. Read More