Turkey Tech with Dave Hatter

posted by Brian Thomas -

  • Stay safe shopping online this holiday season:
    • Cybersecurity expert Steve Weisman said "each digital holiday purchase is a risky bet that exposes shoppers to the dark world of hackers, thieves and scammers primed to empty bank accounts and ruin lives."
    • While that may be a bit much, hackers and thieves know that lots of people are shopping and looking for great deals this time of year. They can are are working hard to steal your money and your data
    • You should be extra careful and extra cautious especially when you receive e-mails about apps that will help you save time and money, or deals that are seem too good to be true
    • Here are some tips to help you stay safe shopping this holiday season:
      • Avoid public Wi-Fi, especially when purchasing things or doing sensitive transactions such as accessing your bank account
      • If you simply must do something dangerous remotely, use your data plan
      • If you must use Wi-Fi, use a reputable Virtual Private Network (VPN)
      • Stick to reputable vendors for purchases.Vet sites, one way is to use Whois.com to see if a site is legitimate
      • Only purchase from secure sites. Look for the "https://" in the URL and/or a padlock in the browse
      • Beware of spam and phishing (e-mail, text or social media) offering deals that are too good to be true. Don't click links in an e-mail, type the address in yourself
      • Use unique credentials (user name and password) on each web site you visit. Ensure that you use a $tr0ng3r password for each site
      • Use two-factor authentication (2FA) if available
      • Only download apps/software/browser extensions from legitimate app stores and check out the reputation first (Use ZDNET or CNET)
      • Supply as little personal information about yourself as possible. Consider creating multiple profiles and e-mail accounts
      • Monitor your bank account for unusual transactions. Turn on notifications
      • Use a credit card rather than a debit card to limit your exposure to fraud. When possible use a chip card
      • Consider using mobile payment apps such as Apple Pay or Android Pay
      • If you use a debit card, consider a separate account with a limited balance
      • Don't keep your credit card on file with website, enter it each time
      • Ensure your anti-malware software is up-to-date
      • Install the latest patches and updates for your device
      • Use ad blocker software
      • Look for Safe Internet Shopping Exchange zones when meeting up with someone you met on the Internet to buy or sell something
  • Many websites are tracking your every move:
    • A new study reports that 482 of the top 50,000 websites use scripts to record visitors' keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior in real time and typically with no disclosure
    • Known as "session replay" scripts, they allow website owners to play back individual browsing sessions even if the data entered is later deleted
    • The scripts are said to help website operators better understand how visitors use a site
    • "Collection of page content by third-party replay scripts may cause sensitive information, such as medical conditions, credit card details, and other personal information displayed on a page, to leak to the third-party as part of the recording," Steven Englehardt, a PhD candidate at Princeton University, wrote. "This may expose users to identity theft, online scams, and other unwanted behavior. The same is true for the collection of user inputs during checkout and registration processes." 
    • Experts said that since these scripts are hard to detect, it's likely that there are more than 482 sites using this technology
    • Some of the sites that employ this technology include:
    • During testing, it was discovered that Walgreens.com sent medical conditions and prescriptions with user names to FullStory, a third party session replay script provider
    • Enabling the "do not track" feature available in most browsers did not block the logging
    • You must remember that virtually anything you do on a website can and may be captured and shared with third parties
    • You can watch a video that demonstrates the technology here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=l0Yc8s0DTZA
    • You can view the list of the 482 sites here: https://webtransparency.cs.princeton.edu/no_boundaries/session_replay_sites.html
    • You can read the study here: https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2017/11/15/no-boundaries-exfiltration-of-personal-data-by-session-replay-scripts/
  • Technology leads to arrests in underage drinking party:
    • York (Maine) police said they responded to a 911 hangup call at 63 Cider Hill Road around 12:46 a.m., which was later determined to be an accidental butt dial
    • Dispatchers heard yelling on the call, but could not get a response
    • Police used cellphone towers to triangulate the location of the call and went to the home
    • 45 year old homeowner Leighlon Anderson ran out to apologize to responding officers about the accidental call
    • Police discovered underage drinking and the homeowner was charged with furnishing/allowing minors to consume alcohol
    • Sadly, that was not the end of the story. At 1:39 a.m. police received another call reporting that a male at the home pointed a gun at one of the minors there
    • When police returned to the home, they determined that Joseph David Coreau was hiding in the attic. He was angry that police were accidentally called there by one of the minors. He was arrested

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