• Hacked,  Security,  Uncategorized

    It Always Feels Like Somebody’s Watching Me!

    At first glance, this picture does not look particularly controversial or even interesting. But if you look closely, there is something extremely important going on here. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has placed a piece of tape over the webcam on his computer. It’s a remarkably low-tech solution to a fairly high tech problem, which is that hackers have figured out how to access the camera in your computer to spy on you. The process of hacking a webcam is a bit too complicated to explain concisely here. If you are curious about the details, I recommend checking out episode 5 of the Hackable? podcast. How you can protect yourself:…

  • Hacked,  Uncategorized

    Find Out If Hackers Have Your Personal Data and What To Do About It

    This is not about real estate, but I feel like data security is important enough to share this with you all.  I am sure you can all recall hearing about data breaches that seem to seem to occur not so infrequently these days.  In 2016 alone, Verizon, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Myspace (thanks, Tom), Democratic National Committee and Yahoo were all victims of hackers, which resulted in the inadvertent disclosure of personal data of millions of people.  Your email password, phone number, address, etc. might be floating on the “dark web” to be purchased by bad guys who want to steal from you.  Ok, so maybe my personal information…