Two More Online Security Issues: Internet Explorer and AOL

5/2/2014

It seems like there is at least one announcement every week about a data breach or online security issue. This week there have already been two: a security hole in the Internet Explorer browser and a security breach at AOL. Here’s what you need to know about them.

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What Do You Need to Know About the "Heartbleed" Bug?

By now you've probably heard of the "Heartbleed" security bug that may affect many of the web servers on the Internet. What is the impact of this bug? That's what makes it scary to some people. While the bug has existed for quite some time, affected servers can't tell if hackers exploited it. If hackers did, they might have gotten usernames, passwords, or other personal information.

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Beware of Extensive Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers

On March 20th, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported that this is the “largest ever” phone fraud scam targeting taxpayers. The scammers have collected over $1 million from the thousands of victims.

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Do You Know How Much Data is Being Collected about You Online?

Many of us spend many hours a day online for work, shopping, bill paying, and fun. We choose to provide some of the sites we visit with our personal information. But did you know that there is a whole industry that collects information about us – with and without our explicit permission. They collect information such as the sites we visit, what we search for, what we buy, and forms we fill out.

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Watch Out for WhatsApp Scams

WhatsApp has been in the news lately. That can make it a popular target for scams. Here’s a little background. WhatsApp offers a text-messaging service for mobile platforms. Users of the service can also send voice messages. They’ve just announced that they will be adding voice communications this spring.

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Another Data Breach Reported. This Time It’s Yahoo Email

Yahoo has reported that there was an attempt to gain access to email accounts using usernames and passwords from a breach at a third-party site.

Yahoo is resetting passwords on the affected accounts and has implemented a two-step sign-in verification for users to re-secure their accounts. The two-step sign-in requires a second password that is used just the once.

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