Data Encryption: Apartment Front Office Broken Into For Personal Info.

According to click2houston.com, the front office of a Houston apartment complex was broken into in August, resulting in the theft of personal information for hundreds of people.  What’s new, right?  Well, it turns out the thieves got the information from a filing cabinet.  In other words, because a computer or other electronic media was not […] read more

Laptop Encryption: Thieves Stick Up Doc, Ask For Passwords To Encrypted Computer.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has notified nearly 1,000 people that a computer that was protected with laptop encryption software has been stolen.  Normally, the use of encryption would provide safe harbor from sending such a notification letter, not only under HIPAA (the federal set of laws that govern medical organizations) but also under Massachusetts’s […] read more

Laptop Encryption: Don’t Forget To Use Strong Passwords.

According to theage.com.au, one of the most sought-after (and currently incarcerated) hackers was identified and trapped because he used his pet’s name as his password to his Mac disk encryption.  At least, he thinks that’s how it happened.  He’s probably right, seeing how it was “Chewy123”. The Interview In an interview conducted with Jeremy Hammond, […] read more

Data Security: Home Depot’s Execs Switch To Macs, iPhones After Data Breach.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the Home Depot data breach.  Among some of the revelations is that (a) they had actually upgraded to the latest security measures when the data breach was discovered and (b) executives were handed Apple devices to counteract the immediate damage.  Seeing how these were “secure,” it sounds like disk […] read more

HIPAA Data Breach: You’re Still More Likely To Lose Data Than Get Hacked.

The site hitconsultant.net relays that HIPAA covered entities are still more likely to experience a data breach by losing data than by being hacked online – which is why a managed HIPAA encryption solution like AlertBoot is very important in a medical environment.  The site’s conclusions are supported not only by an analysis of the […] read more

Disk Encryption: Laptops Stolen From DC Polling Locations.

According to wusa9.com, a break-in in Southeast D.C. has resulted in the theft of laptops and other items.  While the use of laptop encryption software was not disclosed, a Board of Elections official noted that voter information was not compromised. Elementary School = Low Physical Security Three laptop computers were stolen when the voting site […] read more

The 5th Amendment: Fingerprints Not Protected Like Passwords Are.

When it comes to smartphone encryption, it seems that Apple’s fingerprint-based TouchID unlocking feature is not so great (although most people seem to readily agree that the same, when it comes to mobile payments, is nothing short of miraculous).  A Circuit Court judge has ruled that a defendant can be compelled to give up his […] read more