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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 April 13, 2019

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. Four highlights from this week: Eyes on the Road! (Your Car Is Watching); New privacy assistant Jumbo fixes your Facebook & Twitter settings; UK to introduce world first online safety laws; and The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 6, 2019

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. Four highlights from this week: Make Sure You’re Aware Of These Safety Tips When Using Uber And Lyft; Researchers Demonstrate Malware That Can Trick Doctors Into Misdiagnosing Cancer; Silicon Valley is Fighting a New Kind of Identity Fraud; and Popup enlarges at the last second so users click on ads instead of ‘Close’ button.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, Travel

A guide to RSS feeds using beSpacific research updates

Pete Weiss is the author of Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security. He is a strong advocate of RSS to keep pace with rapidly changing updates in the news, research and technology to name but a few subjects. Using Sabrina Pacifici’s blog, beSpacific, as an example, Weiss offers more than a dozen regularly updated subject matter specific feeds that you should consider adding to your research portfolio.

Subjects: Business Research, KM, Legal Research, RSS Newsfeeds, Search Strategies

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 30, 2019

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. Four highlights from this week: Data Breaches: Range of Consumer Risks Highlights Limitations of Identity Theft Services; How Digital Wallets Work; NSO Group CEO on “60 Minutes”: Hacking Lawyers, Reporters Is OK; and How to permanently delete your Google account (and save your data).

Subjects: Congress, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, E-Government, Email, Legal Profession, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 23, 2019

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. Four highlights from this week: Privacy. Yes, we’ll think about privacy, says FCC mulling cellphone location data overhaul; Are Health Apps Putting Your Privacy at Risk?; White House officials using personal accounts to do official work; and Michael Cohen warrants show how the FBI can unlock your phone and track your movements.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Cybersecurity, Email, Email Security, Healthcare, Privacy, Search Engines

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 16, 2019

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. Four highlights from this week: Inside Facebook’s physical security that protects Zuckerberg, employees; Many Americans do not trust modern institutions to protect their personal data – even as they frequently neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own personal lives; Some beSpacific (and LLRX) Subjects (topics) in which you may have an interest; and Firefox Send – Free File Transfers while Keeping your Personal Information Private.

Subjects: Big Data, Congress, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, RSS Newsfeeds, Social Media, Viruses & Hoaxes

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 9, 2019

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. Four highlights from this week: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds; Beware of Fake Calls to Return Money to a Collection Agency; Phishing Scams: Is Your Financial Institution Helping Cyberthieves? Guess what? Facebook still tracks you on Android apps (even if you don’t have a Facebook account); and – Phone numbers are the new Social Security numbers.

Subjects: Big Data, Congress, Cybersecurity, Economy, Encryption, Financial System, Government Resources, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 3, 2019

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. Four highlights from this week: Software vulnerabilities are becoming more numerous, less understood; What You Need to Know About Data captured automatically by smartphones and digital cameras; and Apps are sending sensitive data to Facebook, despite company policies.

Subjects: AI, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Privacy

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues February 23, 2019

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. Four highlights from this week: Google Quiz – Can you spot when you’re being phished?; Don’t be fooled by fake images and videos online; Study of Password Managers; and Your smartphone is tracking you: How to stop it from sharing data, ads.

Subjects: Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Email Security, KM, Privacy

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues February 16 2019

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. Four highlights from this week: Social Security and Medicare scam calls heating up – not just targeted at seniors; How to Wipe a Hard Drive (especially important when you upgrading to a new hard drive or computer); A secure relationship with passwords means not being attached to how you pick them; and Internet Privacy: Additional Federal Authority Could Enhance Consumer Protection and Provide Flexibility.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, E-Government, Elder Law, Financial System, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Social Media