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Delete your accounts. All of them

Bill Coffin | November 14, 2017

During a session at Compliance Week Europe 2017 in Amsterdam today, Mark Johnson, CEO of The Risk Management Group, ran an interesting exercise to show just how easy it is to commit cyber-fraud. He produced an iPhone 7, and passed it around to members of the audience, encouraging them to get Siri to activate, and then ask it a few basic questions, such as “Who am I?” “Who did I call last?” and “E-mail my wife.” Just off of simple questions such as that, one could learn a few kernels of information about Mark that, once supplemented by a few adroit Google searches, soon revealed Mark’s full name, his phone number, his home address, a picture of his house, the name of his wife, the birth date of his daughter, and other details. All off of a few Google searches. To a dedicated fraudster, it would have taken all of five minutes to capitalize off of a lost iPhone.

Johnson then explained how passwords really work. When we use a password and submit it to a site, the site doesn’t...

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