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Protecting Yourself from Data Breaches and Identity Thieves

The amount of time Americans spend online — emailing, direct messaging, keeping up with social media, and simply surfing the Internet — keeps going up. According to the latest annual study by the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg, we now spend close to 24 hours a week online, almost double the amount of time expended in 2000. No question about it, instant access to worlds of online data has become an indispensable aspect of modern life. But with all that additional time online comes increased risk of falling prey to hackers, phishers, identity thieves, and other cyberscammers. According...

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Decipher the Announcement of the Massive Zynga Data Breach

Zynga data breach

If you played Words with Friends your personal information was compromised Gaming apps are meant to provide a relaxing, carefree escape for smartphone users, but a massive data breach at Zynga, developer of some of the most popular social games, has players reeling — and wondering how much of their personal data has been compromised. Here’s what you need to know about this data breach, and what you can do to protect yourself. Who was affected by the breach? - Words With Friends users (affected) - The previous gaming app Draw Something gamers (claimed by the hacker) - Users of other gaming apps developed by Zynga...

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QUORA USERS FILE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OVER DATA BREACH

A federal class-action lawsuit filed by Quora users accuses the social media company of exposing sensitive personal information of up to 100 million people to hackers, leaving the victims vulnerable to a wide range of potential cyber crimes and scams. WHAT IS QUORA? Quora is a question-and-answer platform where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by a community of users. Launched in 2010, the company was valued at approximately $1.8 billion in 2017 and now claims 300 million monthly unique users. On December 3, 2018, Quora acknowledged that user data were compromised as a result of unauthorized access by a malicious third...

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AZAR FIRM FILES CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OVER MARRIOTT DATA BREACH

A class action lawsuit filed against Marriott International over a massive data breach that compromised the personal information of up to 500 million people claims that the world’s largest hotel chain failed to address security flaws in an elite customer database for years, failed to notify affected guests for months after the breach was detected — and still hasn’t fixed the problem. The lawsuit, filed on December 13 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by the law firm of Franklin D. Azar & Associates, names Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide as defendants. Named plaintiffs...

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GOOGLE TRACKING LAWSUIT: LOCATION STORED W/O PERMISSION

A federal lawsuit claims that Google has generated millions in revenue by secretly storing location data of mobile phone users who believe they’ve opted out of such tracking. That lawsuit was filed October 19 in the Northern District of California by Franklin D. Azar & Associates and seeks class action status on behalf of iPhone and Android users nationwide whose location information was stored by Google despite their efforts to disable the service. HOW DOES GOOGLE SECRETLY STORE YOUR LOCATIONS? A mobile phone’s location is typically tracked by Google whenever the owner uses Google Maps or similar applications. Google’s support page claims that...

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