What's changed is the volume and nature of the data being mined from the Internet and our mobile devices, and the growth of a multibillion dollar industry that operates in the shadows with virtually no oversight. It is information that is individually identified to an individual or linked to an individual. Cancer, heart disease, you name it, down to the most rare and, and most unexpected maladies. Steve Kroft: And all of this can end up in a file somewhere that's being sold maybe to a prospective employer.
Companies and marketing firms have been gathering information about customers and potential customers for years, collecting their names and addresses, tracking credit card purchases, and asking them to fill out questionnaires, so they can offer discounts and send catalogues. Steve Kroft: Do you think most people know this information is being collected? Tim Sparapani: Yeah, not only can it, it is, Steve. Sparapani says data brokers have been flying under the radar for years, preferring that people know as little as possible about the industry and the information that's being collected and sold.
Skimming is a method of capturing a bank customer's card information by running it through a machine that reads the card's magnetic strip.
Those machines are often placed over the real card slots at ATMs and other card terminals.
Tor is an anonymous network that is accompanied by free software; the name Tor stands for “The Onion Router.” Onion routers like Tor’s layer encryption on top of encryption–communications are encrypted and reencrypted multiple times as they make their way from a user’s computer to their final destination. The Tor Project’s standard Windows bundle includes Tor, a GUI for Tor, and a Firefox plug-in. Configure applications such as your web browser to work with Tor in conjunction with the Tor project’s security advisories. Confirm that both Vidalia (Tor’s GUI) and the anonymizer are working. The Tor Project also requests individual users set up their software as relays, which increases bandwidth and speed for all users of the service.
While fraud is always a possibility, being careful where you use your debit card can help keep your checking account balance out of the hands of thieves. PKpix/The idea that outdoor ATMs are among the most dangerous places to swipe a debit card seems a little bit absurd.
But some ATMs present the perfect opportunity for thieves to skim users' debit cards, says Chris Mc Goey, a security consultant based in Los Angeles.
In addition to selling conventional merchandise, JCPenney stores often house several leased departments such as Sephora, Seattle's Best Coffee, salons, optical centers, portrait studios, and jewelry repair.
Most JCPenney stores are located in suburban shopping malls.