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Death, Taxes and Identity Theft: Protecting Your PII

Posted by John Linkous on May 22, 2017

The old adage goes, “there are only two certain things in life: death and taxes”.  Increasingly, however, it looks like identity theft needs to get added to that list.  Earlier this week, security blogger Brian Krebs reported that TALX, a division of Equifax (one of the “Big Three” credit bureaus), experienced a significant data breach of personally identifiable information (PII).  As is often the case in mass data theft scenarios, TALX was unable to identify the exact number of records or the scope of PII compromised.

Fear (Multi-)Factor

Posted by John Linkous on Mar 27, 2017

During the early-to-mid 2000’s, the NBC network aired a successful reality television show called “Fear Factor.”  In that show, contestants competed by attempting a broad range of terrifying stunts, eating grotesque foods, and a range of other activities designed to exploit their innate fears.  The contestants, one assumes, had weighed the value of the show’s prize against the risks of the unknown, and decided to participate in the hopes of gaining the $50,000 top prize.

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