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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 December 9 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis 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 – four significant highlights of this week’s column: The web really isn’t worldwide – every country has different access; Measuring the “Filter Bubble”: How Google is influencing what you click; Grandparents Increasingly Targeted By Impostors Who Know ‘Everything’ About Them; Who lives with you? Facebook seeks to patent software to figure out profiles of households.

Subjects: Big Data, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Freedom of Information, Internet Filtering, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Search Engines

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

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – 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 – four significant highlights of this week’s column: Protecting Against Identity Theft; Half of all Phishing Sites Now Have the Padlock; How to Protect Yourself From Cellphone Phishing Attacks; and CPAP breathing machines – insight into how your sleeping data is subject to surveillance as well as discussion on insurance pricing schemes.

Subjects: Cybersecurity, Financial System, Privacy

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 24 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – 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 – four significant highlights of this week’s column: Do technology giants deserve public trust; Passwords Aren’t Enough. The Key to Online Security Is a Key; USPS finally fixes website flaw that exposed 60 million users’ data; and How to Tell if Your Account Has Been Hacked.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Gadgets/Gizmos, Privacy

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

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – 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 – four significant highlights of this week’s column: a new DHS report – Data Craft: The Manipulation of Social Media Metadata; Volunteer disaster response websites grow up; Firefox Quantum to Add Breached Site Alerts; and 10 tax scams you should watch for this season, and how to avoid them.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Education, Government Resources, KM, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media

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

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – 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 – four significant highlights of this week’s column: A Guide to Privacy Resources 2019; Billions of Robocalls – Industry & Regulatory Solution; Powerful Data Privacy Legislation Drafted by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden; and Midterms 2018: Who paid for that Facebook ad? It’s not always clear.

Subjects: Congress, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, KM, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 3 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – 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 – four significant highlights of this week’s column: As digital threats grow, will cyber insurance take off?; Twitter now lets you report accounts that you suspect are bots; Proper Disposal of Electronic Devices; and The Next Big Internet Threat.

Subjects: Cybersecurity, Gadgets/Gizmos, Healthcare, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues October 28 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – 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 – four significant highlights of this week’s column: How Russian trolls manipulated American politics; How to Spot a Twitter Bot; Suspected explosive devices are hard for UPS, FedEx, USPS to detect; and Apple boss takes aim at ‘weaponization’ of customer data.

Subjects: Congress, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, Government Resources, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues October 21 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – 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 – four significant highlights of this week’s column: The Employer Surveillance State; How to Recover Google Contacts; How to delete your account with Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, and more; and last but certainly not least – ‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Tool Doesn’t Do Anything!

Subjects: Big Data, Civil Liberties, Congress, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, E-Government, Email, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media, Spyware

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
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