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In Arizona, Michigan, and now, California, drivers can purchase electronic license plates for their vehicles. Digital plates can be renewed online instead of waiting in line, can be programmed to flash a message if the vehicle has been stolen, and allows drivers to zip through toll lanes without stopping. The LA Times says wireless connectivity can be turned off if drivers are concerned about privacy.
Voters who use websites to research candidates and issues may get confused: the Center for Democracy says three out of four official election websites do not end in the familiar “.gov” web domain, sometimes using ".com" instead. This becomes a considerable risk, says the FBI, because foreign entities can set up fake websites using domains like ".com" and convince voters the site is legitimate.
The state of New York has fined clothing retailer Shein, which has 43 million online customers, for having lax cybersecurity practices and failure to notify users that their personal information was stolen by hackers. Email addresses and passwords of some Shein customers were posted for sale online in 2020.
"If your passwords are stored on your web browser when you visit websites, is that riskier than typing it in every time?"
Tech Advisor says it is generally safe to store passwords in Chrome, Safari, Edge, and other web browsers on your personal computer. But password management software like 1Password, LastPass, BitWarden, NordPass, and others is even better. Keeping a written list of passwords is risky because you’re more apt to reuse them, which is never wise.
"What is a keylogger, and how do know if I have one? What can I do to resolve it?"
A “keylogger” is software that automatically records everything a user types on their computer or phone, from emails to web addresses to passwords. This allows the installer to monitor what the user is doing and access accounts secretly. Install anti-virus software on your computer to spot and delete keylogger software.
"All my information has been dumped on the dark web due to a security breach at a hospital. Do they have to pay for identity theft or credit monitoring?"
In the US, health-related organizations that are victims of a breach must offer victims two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection. In California, Delaware, and Massachusetts, nearly all companies must provide victims with free credit monitoring for 12 months. Several states are considering similar legislation. Across the US and Canada, most organizations are required to at least notify victims if their information has been compromised.
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