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Pete Weiss, formerly a Systems Engineer in Teleprocessing at The Pennsylvania State University

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues October 14 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Note – three significant highlights of this week’s column: Consumer genetic testing that it’s now possible for law enforcement agencies to use genetic data to hunt down virtually anyone of European descent; FBI chief says threats from drones to U.S. ‘steadily escalating’; and Voice Phishing Scams Are Getting More Clever.

Subjects: Cybersecurity, E-Government, Government Resources, Privacy, RSS Newsfeeds, Terrorism

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues October 8 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Note – three significant highlights of this week’s column: Tim Cook on Apple’s view on privacy; Google intern built the AI behind these shockingly good fake images; and the FTC Issues Alert on Recent Facebook Breach.

Subjects: AI, Congress, Cybersecurity, Education, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues September 29 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Note – three significant highlights of this week’s column: Be careful about what you post on social media [really]; Overruling Constitutional Precedents; and If Your Data is Found on the Dark Web, Firefox Monitor Will Let You Know.

Subjects: Big Data, Civil Liberties, CRS Reports, Cybercrime, Government Resources, Health, KM, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media, Supreme Court

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues September 22 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Note – three significant highlights of this week’s column: 10 Investigative Tools You Probably Haven’t Heard Of; How to Safely Pay for Goods and Services With Someone You Don’t Know; and The Best Browsers of 2018: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and More Tested.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Disaster Planning, Internet Resources, RSS Newsfeeds, Social Media, Travel

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues September 15 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Note – three significant highlights of this week’s column: Verizon data breach digest lifts the lid on theft tactics; Samsung SmartThings Tracker Locates People, Pets, and Things; and Who controls your data?

Subjects: Big Data, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, Government Resources, Privacy

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues September 8 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Note – three significant highlights of this week’s column: Effort to undermine American democracy/US Elections “has not stopped,” former Facebook security chief says; How to Use Google Privacy Settings – and – U.S .accuses China of ‘super aggressive’ spy campaign on LinkedIn.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Cybersecurity, Economy, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media, Spyware

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues September 1 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways our privacy and security is diminished, often without our situational awareness. Note – two significant highlights of this week’s column: Woman Sues Border Agents to Make Them Return Data They Seized From Her Phone – and How Yahoo Is Mining For Gold in Your Junk Mail.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Data Mining, E-Commerce, Email, Government Resources, Privacy

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues August 26 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways our privacy and security is diminished, often without our situational awareness. Note – two significant highlight of this week’s column: Doorbell camera videos create dilemma for police, neighborhoods – and Government Leads Industry in Anti-Spoofing Email Protection, Report Finds.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Email, Email Security, Firewalls, Gadgets, Privacy

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues August 18 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways our privacy and security is diminished, often without our situational awareness. Note – two significant highlight of this week’s column: AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not; and Hackers can steal data from the enterprise using only a fax number. Although many assume fax machines are no longer in general use, think about your doctors and hospitals – they all continue to use them, as do many states, localities, the federal government, and courts.

Subjects: Congress, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Search Engines

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues August 11 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways our privacy and security is diminished, often without our situational awareness. Note – two highlights of this week’s column: As Russians hack the US grid, a look at what’s needed to protect it; and DARPA is racing against time to develop a tool that can spot ‘deepfakes’.

Subjects: AI, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Energy, Privacy
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