Category: Security

My Debit Card Was Hacked

It’s accepted wisdom that credit cards are more secure than debit cards. A credit card purchase is a loan – you’re not out any money until you pay your monthly bill. Therefore, fraudulent charges (if caught) have no financial impact. But with a debit card fraud, that money is already gone from your bank account.

Beware QR Code… Articles

As of 9am this morning, I’ve seen one too many hair-on-fire “beware QR code” articles. I’m getting really tired of reading breathless, click-bait headlines extolling the dangers of these glorified bar codes. I need to set the record straight. It’s time to demystify these scary square symbols and debunk their mystical powers. What is a

Tighten Security Before Long Weekend

I’m posting this earlier than usual, so you can prepare before the Labor Day weekend here in the US. But this applies to really any national holiday that creates a long weekend or other popular vacation period. Crime Takes Time Ransomware is malware that encrypts all your files, then asks you to pay money to

Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

We’ve all come to rely heavily on access to the internet. Our smartphones, in particular, are mostly useless without it. Even games that have no need to connect to the internet to function still require access anyway (pssst: probably because they want to track you to make money). But we also have Kindles and laptops