Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 4, 2019, 3:40 PM GMT By Herb Weisbaum Hackers stole nearly 447 million consumer records containing sensitive personal information last year, according to the 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report from the Identity Theft Resource Center. That’s a jump of 126 percent from 2017 (when roughly 198 million sensitive records were stolen) and a new record for the number of compromised files in a single year. “Data breaches are now a normal, everyday occurrence," the report concluded. While the number of U.S. data breaches dropped 23 percent from last year’s high (1,244 vs. 1,632), that’s nothing to cheer about. If breaches are down, but more records are stolen, that’s a serious problem, said Eva Casey-Velasquez, ITRC’s president and CEO. “This is telling us that we are creating a system and processes … [Read more...] about You’ve been breached: Hackers stole nearly half a billion personal records in 2018
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The San Francisco office of California’s Department of Justice occupies a 14-story tower amid what might be the most formidable density of high-tech money and power in the world. The top floor looks across to Twitter’s headquarters, just five blocks away; Facebook is 30 miles down the peninsula in Silicon Valley; and Google not far beyond that. On the afternoon of February 4, 2015, executives from those companies, as well as Microsoft and other online giants, filed through the building’s doors and into a distinctly unglamorous, windowless below-ground room. They sat in rows. The companies there had made hundreds of billions of dollars collectively during the freewheeling internet boom of the aughts and 2010s, and they weren’t accustomed to being summoned by local law enforcement. If anything, politicians were usually eager to catch a bit of their reflected glamour. President Barack Obama had dined with high-tech CEOs and invited industry leaders to the White … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris’ Crusade Against ‘Revenge Porn’
Courtney Jespersen, NerdWallet Published 9:47 am CST, Friday, December 7, 2018 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. Holiday shopping season has a pesky habit of eating up your extra cash. Some 51% of all Americans say they “typically overspend” on holiday gifts, according to a 2018 NerdWallet survey, conducted by The Harris Poll. Here are five reasons you might be overspending during the holidays — and how to fix them. 1. You’re shopping in the store The first mistake? Setting foot in the store. “Once you cross that threshold into the store, you’re really on the marketer’s turf there,” says Kelly Goldsmith, an associate professor of marketing at Vanderbilt University. “You come in wanting to just get a sweater for your mom, and you know exactly what she wants, but they’re going to bombard you with messaging about toys for your kids, or shouldn’t you be in touch with … [Read more...] about Why You May Overspend on the Holidays and How to Stop
Tanza Loudenback, provided by Published 11:23 am CST, Friday, November 30, 2018 REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili About 500 million people have had their data hacked after staying at Marriott brands, including W, Sheraton, and Westin, the company said on Friday. A breach in the Starwood guest-authorization database means that millions of people had a combination of their names, addresses, passport numbers, dates of birth, and other information stolen, the company said. An unspecified number of people also had their credit-card information taken, though it was encrypted. Data breaches are becoming our new normal, so it's more important than ever to stay on top of your money with secure passwords and consistent monitoring. One solution, according to many experts, is freezing your credit, but that won't protect against the most common type of identity theft. About 500 million people have had their data hacked after staying at Marriott brands, including W, Sheraton, and … [Read more...] about 500 million Marriott customers have had their data hacked. Here’s what you should do instead of freaking out.
provided by Published 3:00 pm CST, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 MoneyTips You want to throw a holiday party but simply cannot afford to spend big bucks in the process. The holidays are full of expenses already without dropping hundreds or even thousands of dollars on festivities. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cut down on holiday party costs and still create a great atmosphere. Consider these suggestions to help you party on a budget. Invitations – Keep the invitations as simple as the circumstances will allow. What is appropriate depends on whom you are inviting. If you are throwing an informal party, make your own simple and whimsical paper invitations, or simply save on paper and postage and go completely paperless. If appropriate, consider invitations via e-mail or social media. If paper invitations are a must, consider alternatives such as a postcard that costs less to mail. At the very least, look for sales and clearances on fancier stationery. … [Read more...] about 5 Tips For Holiday Parties On A Budget