Your favorite journalists’ next data breach article (a.k.a. Monday Mad Libs)

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Need a break from your Monday? Want a small retreat to your childhood? Interested in keeping up with trending news?

Look no further—Abine Mad Libs is here.

Abine likes to stay in the loop about current data breaches, but they occur so frequently that, after a while, all the data breach articles start to look the same. We could list out the details of each breach we’ve come across today—at Experian, at the Chicago doctors’ group, in LA county, and in Germany, for example—but instead, we decided to let you fill in the blanks.

While our mad lib word game is a whole lot of fun (humor us!), the reality of data breaches is not so chummy. But let’s be honest – data breaches happen far too often, and organizations are not taking adequate measures to secure user and customer data.

Nevertheless, enjoy!

Directions: Fill out the lines below with the word type indicated to the left. Do it with a friend or by yourself without looking at the story that comes next. Once you have all of the words, read the story, replacing the parentheses with the words you came up with. PRO TIP: Journalists can use this template to assist with their next data breach story!

  1. Adjective ____________________
  2. Number ____________________
  3. Plural Noun ____________________
  4. Company or organization ____________________
  5. Name ____________________
  6. Plural Noun ____________________
  7. Bit of Data ____________________

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Don’t be an April Fool: avoid credit card scams

april-fools-credit-card-scamBrian Krebs – the security blogger who first broke news of the Target breach – has reported a new rash of credit and debit card scams. This newest hack posts bogus sub-$15 charges to your credit card from a company called BLS*Weblearn and may be listed alongside a 1-888 number. While a charge like this may not warrant a frantic call to your bank, the scam isn’t any ole April Fool’s joke. Micropayment fraud poses a serious threat to your financial security.

We recommend checking your credit card statement to make sure you haven’t been pranked by this newest hack.

If you do find suspicious charges on your card, we urge you call your bank, report the fraud immediately, and request a replacement card. Once your information is in the hands of hackers, it’s likely that you will be targeted—and charged—again.

Moving forward, the only sure way to protect yourself from future credit card scams and data-breaches is to use DoNotTrackMe’s Masked Cards.

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Twitter photo tagging: how and why to opt-out

twitter-privacy-and-photo-taggingTwitter announced their newest mobile feature, photo tagging, in a blog post on Wednesday. The update lets users tag up to 10 people in embedded photos and to tweet up to four photos at a time.

Déjà-vu, anyone?

The Twitter photo tagging and multiple photo upload features closely follow in Facebook’s footsteps—and you might guess what that means for your privacy. If you’re a Twitter user, you’ll need to take a few steps to keep embarrassing photos at bay and maintain your privacy.

Here’s how to opt-out of automatic photo tagging…

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Google Glass partnership: what it means for privacy

google-glass-privacy-concernsGoogle Glass announced Monday it’s joining forces with eyewear giant Luxottica (the makers of Ray-Ban and Oakley) to design, develop, and distribute “innovative iconic wearable devices”. Google Glass is essentially a hands-free smartphone, offering users the ability to take pictures, surf the web, and check the weather all with Glass’ minimalistic touchpad. When introduced last year, the product raised instant privacy concerns.

Google is not the only company innovating their technology in a way that deteriorates privacy – Facebook recently announced their DeepFace facial recognition software can match faces with near human accuracy. Facebook can say with 97.25% accuracy whether photos contains a specific face. Humans can perform the same task with 97.53% accuracy.

The combination of the two has the ability to create a rather dire privacy situation. If Google Glass technology is implemented on normal, everyday glasses, people will be able to snap silent pictures of you without your knowledge. The snapshots can be then be uploaded to Facebook where DeepFace identifies you with better accuracy than a human. Seamlessly.

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Meet the Facebook Privacy Dinosaur (a.k.a. @PrivacyDino)

meet-facebook-privacy-dinosaurIf you’re using the “public” share option on Facebook, chances are you’ve already met the prehistoric creature of the moment—the Facebook Privacy Dinosaur.

The benign-looking blue dinosaur, unofficially dubbed the Privacy Dinosaur, is being tested with a limited number of Facebook users who choose to share posts publicly, rather than with only friends.

The dino appears in a popup window that asks users if their post is being shared “with the right audience.” Users can then choose to share publicly or with just friends.

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