Everyone’s personal private Data is for Sale in China – and at cheap prices

chinese-flagIn most of Western society, breaching personal privacy in the name of national security isn’t necessarily “an okay thing to do”, however, our counterparts to the East in China have a much different perspective.

Whether a Chinese citizen or simply living in China as a non-native, it is generally a safe assumption that the Chinese government is constantly watching— and basically knows everything about you both, online or off. Read More

What a Trump Presidency means for Online Privacy

trumpAs President-Elect Trump prepares to take office later this month, online privacy advocates are wary that Trump’s stance on many issues could result in a variety of changes to the online privacy world.

While Trump’s platform does not include anything explicitly regarding the issues of online privacy, his stances on encryption, internet freedom, government surveillance and cyber-security are all examples which illustrate that he may believe: “privacy must be sacrificed in order to preserve security”.

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Safe Secure Holiday Shopping with Masked Virtual Credit Cards

black-friday-2016Between 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

Firefox 50 + Blur: Performance improvements you can expect (speed and reliability)

firefox-logo-pngLast 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

Why so little innovation in protecting consumers from data breaches?

data-breachThere 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