Quinn Dombrowski

Would You Sign Up For TSA PreCheck If It Was Cheaper?

The Transportation Security Administration continues to try to wriggle itself out of the tough spot it’s found itself in, with passengers, airlines, lawmakers, and airport officials chiming in on excessively long wait times at security checkpoints in our nation’s airports. In an effort to cut down those lines, the agency has been trying to push more people to enroll in its PreCheck Program — but is the cost keeping travelers from signing up? [More]

Quinn Dombrowski

Homeland Security Director Outlines Plan To Speed Up Airport Security Lines

Following weeks of complaints from airlines, airport personnel, lawmakers, industry groups, and, of course, passengers about seemingly unending security lines at airports around the country, the Department of Homeland Security says it will take immediate steps to address the concerns, including hiring more screeners and approving the use of increased overtime.  [More]

Simon Asquith

Government Asks Wireless Manufacturers & Carriers About Device Security Updates

At the same time as their counterparts at the Justice Department are trying to circumvent smartphone security, the folks at the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission are talking to manufacturers about how to make these devices more secure. [More]

Compwalla

5 Alternatives To Get Through Airport Security Without A License

Imagine getting to the airport only to find that your driver’s license is not in your wallet. Maybe you left it at home or dropped it along the way, but looking for the misplaced license will cause you to miss your flight. Not to worry. While it might take a little longer, the Transportation Security Administration does provide a handful of options to get you through security without government issued ID.  [More]

Can A Cashier Make Me Read My 3-Digit Credit Card Code In Front Of Other Shoppers?

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Your credit card has a 16-digit number on the front, plus an expiration date, and another three-digit code on the back. We all know in a vague way that the code on the back (also known as the “CVC” or “CVV”) has something to do with making transactions safer or reducing fraud, but other than that we don’t give it much thought — and while we might expect to have to share that number when shopping online, we certainly don’t expect to be asked to read it out loud when making an in-person purchase at a crowded coffee shop. [More]

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Lawsuit: CVS Told Security Guards To Watch Minority Shoppers

A year after four former CVS security workers filed a federal lawsuit against the company alleging their supervisors ordered them to keep an eye on minority shoppers at some New York City stores, another former “market investigator” in Brooklyn has levied similar allegations against the pharmacy chain in a new class-action lawsuit.  [More]

CEO Email Scam Returns With A Special Tax Season Twist

CEO Email Scam Returns With A Special Tax Season Twist

We know that the above email couldn’t be real for a few reasons: Consumerist doesn’t have our own payroll department, and Olivia is a cat. Yet there’s a new variation of the now-classic CEO scam, where someone impersonates your boss over email and requests a massive wire transfer. In this version, the boss impersonator does exactly what Fake Meg does above: they request a file of employee W-2 forms enabling them to commit identity theft, including filing fraudulent tax returns. [More]

MasterCard Starts “Selfie” Verification, Working On Heartbeat Approvals

MasterCard Starts “Selfie” Verification, Working On Heartbeat Approvals

Last October, MasterCard revealed that it was testing new ID-verification solutions that used, among other things, facial recognition, to quickly and securely identify cardholders when shopping on their mobile devices. Now the company says the so-called “selfie pay” system is ready for the masses, and that it is working on a way to authenticate users via their heartbeats. [More]

Widespread Flaw Could Allow Hackers To Hijack Your Wireless Mouse Or Keyboard

Widespread Flaw Could Allow Hackers To Hijack Your Wireless Mouse Or Keyboard

It can surely be convenient to plug a dongle into your computer’s USB port and use a mouse or keyboard without the hassle of wires everywhere, but according to a new report from an Internet of Things security company, many wireless keyboards and mice are vulnerable to hackers. And once an attacker has access to those peripherals, they could easily download malware or steal information from your devices. [More]

Class Action Claims Wendy’s Negligently Exposed Customer Payment Info In January Breach

Class Action Claims Wendy’s Negligently Exposed Customer Payment Info In January Breach

Back in January, Wendy’s confirmed that it was looking into a data breach, adding later that it had found malicious software designed to steal customer information on computers that operate its payment processing system. As one might imagine, that didn’t go over well with some customers: a new class action claims the fast food chain was negligent in exposing its customers’ credit and debit card information to attackers. [More]

Google promises the change is subtle.

Not Sure If That EMail Is Authenticated Or Secure? GMail Will Start Warning You

A solid 25 years into the all-digital era, email continues to evolve. So this week, one of the world’s biggest providers is adding a few small features to help protect consumers.

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If Your Password Is On This List, It’s Time To Change It

If Your Password Is On This List, It’s Time To Change It

We get it. Maybe you revived your childhood obsession with Star Wars. But don’t extend that fandom to your password, or you could end up welcoming in… the dark side. And by that, we mean anyone who happens to look at the list of 2015’s Worst Passwords. [More]

Your Home Router Was Probably Out-Of-Date And Insecure Before You Even Plugged It In

Your Home Router Was Probably Out-Of-Date And Insecure Before You Even Plugged It In

Here’s some depressing news for your morning: even if you set up your home network yourself and followed all of the best practices for doing so, it’s probably got some big fat vulnerabilities in it.

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Reminder: Today Is The Day Microsoft Pulls Support For Internet Explorer 8, 9, And 10 For Good

Reminder: Today Is The Day Microsoft Pulls Support For Internet Explorer 8, 9, And 10 For Good

If you’ve been putting off your final farewells to Internet Explorer, it’s time to stop procrastinating: Microsoft is ending support for IE versions 8, 9, and 10, effectively sending the browser to that Internet pasture in the sky, where its friends Netscape Navigator, Mosaic, and other tech dinosaurs are waiting. [More]

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Father Claims 10-Year-Old Daughter Experienced “Uncomfortable” Two-Minute TSA Pat-Down

While it’s normal for travelers to undergo additional screening procedures from the Transportation Security Administration when there could be something amiss, the father of a 10-year-old girl says she was made uncomfortable by a two-minute pat-down after she left a juice pouch in her carry-on.

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TSA Stepping Up Random Security Screenings For Airport Workers

TSA Stepping Up Random Security Screenings For Airport Workers

There’s a good chance you’ve been waiting (patiently) in the airport security line, preparing to take off your shoes, your belt, remove your laptop, and place everything on the belt, only to see an airport employee breezily walk through the side gate with a quick flick of their badge. That scenario will likely be less and less frequent around the country as the Transportation Security Administration plans to increase random checks of airport and airline employees.  [More]

Target Agrees To Pay Banks $39.4M For Expenses Resulting From 2013 Data Breach

Target Agrees To Pay Banks $39.4M For Expenses Resulting From 2013 Data Breach

Target continues to put the disastrous 2013 holiday-season data breach behind it, agreeing today to pay $39.4 million to banks claiming they lost money during the hack.  [More]