Cyber Security Expert Sileo in USA Today

Cyber security expert John Sileo made the front page of the USA Today digital version, and the Money section of the print edition.

Excerpts from the full USA Today Article, Travelers at High Risk of Identity Theft, Experts Say:

“Data theft goes through the roof on the road,” says Sileo . . .  Two key challenges for travelers involve the use of unsecured wireless networks at hotels, airports and other public venues and the infiltration of smartphones through Bluetooth technology . . .

When booking airline tickets, hotels or other arrangements, use a credit card rather than a debit card, because it decreases your liability. And never announce on social networks that you’re leaving town, if only to keep someone from breaking into your home . . .

Hackers also can easily get into computers. One method is a man-in-the-middle attack in which special software inserts a rogue user between the legitimate one and the unsecured wireless network. Experts recommend having updated anti-virus software, encrypting sensitive data and never typing in passwords or credit card numbers over an unsecured wireless network. Even fax and copier machines should be used judiciously, because they can store information, experts say.

John Sileo speaks and writes on defending against the dark art of deception (identity theft, social engineering, fraud) and leveraging the powerful use of trust (influence and power). His clients include the Department of Defense, Pfizer, FDIC, Homeland Security, Experian UK and Blue Cross, as well as individual leaders committed to building power and influence in a foundation of trust. Learn more about his keynote speeches or contact him directly on 800.258.8076.

2 replies
  1. Saundra Baldi
    Saundra Baldi says:

    John, mentioned that a person can put a social security and/or credit “freeze” on their information. I could not find anything on this website about the process. So, would you provide information on how to apply a “freeze” as he suggested on Anderson this morning. Thanks.


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