Phony VPN Services Are Cashing in on America’s War on Privacy

First, I didn’t realize that we had a War on Privacy.  But it’s still unfortunate that bad companies are taking advantage of the few enlightened Americans who do care about Privacy.  So beware of any schemes that purport to protect your connections, identity, conversations, or data.  The undergrowth in the jungle out there is thickening.


Source: Phony VPN Services Are Cashing in on America’s War on Privacy – Motherboard

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Big Data vs. Privacy: A balancing act

How can businesses continue to respect privacy concerns while still permitting the use of big data to drive business value?

Companies will now have an even greater obligation to protect the personal information entrusted to them, no matter how it’s processed’

Big data use is expected to grow exponentially in the next few years now that the noise and excitement over the volumes of data we have at our fingertips are starting to be replaced by action and practical experimentation, and many organizations start to really capitalize on their investments in analytics, data collection and storage.

The facts of Internet life in 2017 are that privacy still seems unimportant to most users, but the increasing number of incidents of abuse and cyber crime will attract more and more public attention.

Source: Big Data vs. Privacy: A balancing act

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Yahoo Says at Least 500 Million Accounts Breached in Attack

“Says the attacker was a “state-sponsored actor.” Read More Below

The public acceptance and tolerance of data breaches including the theft of their identity information and also occasional credit card account compromises continues despite so much evidence that there is a need for caution.  Its one of the strange anomalies of the digital age.

Source: Yahoo Says at Least 500 Million Accounts Breached in Attack | Data Center Knowledge

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Changing Tactics: The Rise of the Privacy Advocates

Justin Brookman of the Center for Democracy and Technology certainly thinks privacy advocates are gaining traction. Five years ago, for example, the public really wasn’t engaged in the conversation about privacy at all.

“The issues weren’t intuitive to them, and the message wasn’t getting out,” Brookman said.

The privacy conversation continues with increased awareness of threats to Internet users identities and information.  Until there’s a major event, breach, or high profile privacy breach, users will continue to assume that they won’t get hacked, have their financial services compromised, or be embarrassed.  SafeJunction continues to believe that our privacy products will continue to be relevant, but market adoption will be slow.

Changing Tactics


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This Week In Data Collection News, And The Privacy Paradox

“As California tightened its digital privacy protections, news involving Google, Pandora and other firms highlighted the way companies increasingly rely on data about their users. How much do we care?

“For nearly a decade now, researchers have tracked this concept known as the “privacy paradox. At its heart is the fact that Web users routinely say that privacy is a big and serious concern, but then don’t actually behave accordingly.”

“There’s a bit of a disconnect between what people say and what they do,” says Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who has studied digital market manipulation. He says the paradox is complex and theories that explain it vary. “Maybe they don’t really care? Maybe they just don’t know?” Calo adds.”

The so called privacy paradox is at the center of the conversation between strict constitutionalists, liberals, and hawks who want to beat back the threats at our borders at any cost.


Source: This Week In Data Collection News, And The Privacy Paradox

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Bad, bad Internet news: Internet Systems Consortium site hacked

So far the year has ended with more bad news on the security front.  I would like to predict that the situation will improve next year, but so far there is little positive evidence that things will get better.

Bad, bad Internet news: Internet Systems Consortium site hacked | ZDNet.

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Sony Is Not The Only Company With Subpar Data Security

In this weeks episode of The Perils of Lax Data Security, we bring you some data that supports the fact that internal controls among enterprise companies is lacking.

Not a surprise, right.  BYOD and the blurred lines between personal computing and business data processing continue to dilute all possible attempts to secure anything well.

Sony Is Not The Only Company With Subpar Data Security, New Survey Finds – Forbes.

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Neustar Privacy Interview With Becky Burr

It is refreshing that Internet security is evolving into an era where product and service vendors want to explain their approaches to privacy and security so that we can know how we are being protected and by whom.

Neustar Privacy Interview With Becky Burr – Business Insider.

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Smartcard Firm Gemalto Buys Safenet

“SafeNet’s technologies protects more than 80 per cent of world’s intra-bank fund transfers and its 1,500 employees, including 550 cryptographic engineers, serve corporations and government customers worldwide.”

It is comforting to know that 550 cryptographic engineers are working diligently to protect inter-bank fund transfers throughout the world.


How many cryptographic engineers will it take to improve security and identity protection for 2Billion Internet users globally?

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Thanks to The Register

Russian Hackers Amass Over a Billion Internet Passwords

1.2 Billion is a lot of accounts and passwords.  If their use is spam fodder, then the beat goes on.  This user has not been able to deter email inbox spam or the stuff that wanders onto my desktop under the guise of a “speed-up my PC” utility.

We need to wait and determine the effect on financial transactions and other more volatile Internet transactions.

For now it seems like another wake-up call to change passwords.


Russian Hackers Amass Over a Billion Internet Passwords –

Thanks to the New York Times