The Equifax Breach, 4 questions to ask of your messaging app and a look back in time at the history of encryption. 
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How to Respond to the Equifax Breach

Last Thursday, September 7,  Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the U.S., announced a data breach that could affect 143 million people -- nearly half of the country’s population. The leaked data includes personal information such as full names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses, and credit card numbers. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself, even if your information was compromised. KrebsOnSecurity published an in-depth post on the breach that we recommend reading for more information about how to protect your financial future. 
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How Secure is Your Messaging App?

Everyone with a smartphone uses messaging apps to communicate with friends, family, and coworkers. iMessage, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Skype are just some of the apps dominating this over-saturated market.

What do all of these messaging apps have in common? They're free. We may not pay monetarily for the luxury to instantly connect to millions of people worldwide but we do pay with our privacy.

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The Enigma Machine: A Window Into The History of Encryption

Today, our online banking, text messages, and ecommerce sites all use encryption to ensure our personal information is secure and stays out of the hands of those with malicious intent.

Computers power this encryption, scrambling data using complex mathematical formulas in a matter of minutes, but that wasn’t always the case.

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