Privacy Files

Privacy Files

We make the topic of privacy approachable. For both businesses and consumers. With so much of our lives taking place online today, it's easy to overlook the dangers associated with sharing your personal data with companies and strangers. Many people are aware that privacy is a problem but they don't know where to begin. Privacy Files explains the vast array of privacy issues facing society in easy-to-understand language. Then we give you practical solutions to quickly and effortlessly make the changes necessary to take back control of your personal information--one case file at a time.


April 12, 2024 44 mins

The rapid rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is bringing great promise to the world in the form of increased productivity and a better quality of life.

However, as with any new technology, there are people who look to leverage it for nefarious purposes.

Deepfakes are seemingly everywhere now. And while some are being used for humor or general entertainment, many deepfakes are being used to inflict harm.

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Web3, or Web 3.0, is a new vision for the World Wide Web where the user is in control. While Web3 has been called many things, there's no doubt that its architecture enables for the democratization of the web.

The key concepts of Web3 include decentralization, blockchain technologies and token-based economies.

While the pervasiveness of fraud in cryptocurrency has tarnished the image of Web3, decentralization continues to be th...

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April 4, 2024 36 mins

With large data breaches making headline news nearly every week, cybersecurity is a hot topic.

Recently, AT&T discovered the personal information of more than 70 million current and former customers being sold on the Dark Web.

Compounding this is the fact that it takes on average nearly seven months for a corporate security and compliance team to even identity that a data breach occurred in the first place.

With the average cos...

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March 28, 2024 41 mins

According to a recent study at the University of Texas at Austin, from January 2020 to February 2024, people lost more than $75 billion around the world to the scam of pig butchering.

Named after the practice of farmers fattening hogs before slaughter, victims are lured into fake crypto investments. Once victims send enough funds, the scammers disappear. Hence, the pig is slaughtered.

Victims routinely lose hundreds of thousands or...

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March 25, 2024 57 mins

In 2023, Americans lost more than $10 billion to fraud. This is the largest annual loss in US history.

In terms of dollars lost, investment scams emptied consumers' bank accounts more than any other scam at $4.6 billion.

But a close second was imposter scams at $2.7 billion.

In this episode of Privacy Files, we look at the tragic story of former New York Times journalist Charlotte Cowles.

On Halloween of 2023, Charlotte became ...

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March 20, 2024 40 mins

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is strong. Job vacancies in the industry grew from one million in 2013 to 3.5 million in 2021.

And because of this shortfall in talent, companies are struggling to keep up with the latest in modern threat awareness, including phishing, social engineering, Business Email Compromise (BEC), and financial fraud.

Many corporate security and compliance teams feel that their company's apps, d...

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March 13, 2024 38 mins

In 2015, Dr. Robert Epstein, a psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, made world news.

Dr. Epstein was one of the authors of a groundbreaking study that found that Google's search ranking algorithm could influence how people vote.

Even more shocking, according to Dr. Epstein, "We estimate, based on win margins in national elections around the world, that Google could determine the ou...

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March 8, 2024 59 mins

In 2023, it is estimated that $3.1 trillion in illicit funds moved through the global financial system. Financial crimes can take many forms.

Money laundering accounted for trillions of dollars supporting a wide range of crimes, including $346.7 billion in human trafficking, $782.9 billion in drug trafficking activity, and $11.5 billion in terrorist financing.

In 2023, fraud scams and bank fraud schemes reached $485.6 billion in to...

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March 1, 2024 43 mins

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the United States, consumers reported losing more than $10 billion to fraud in 2023. This is a 14% increase over reported losses in 2022.

Some of the most common scams include investment scams, imposter scams, bank transfer scams and cryptocurrency scams.

"Digital tools are making it easier than ever to target hard-working Americans,” said Samuel Levine, Director of the FTC’s...

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February 23, 2024 77 mins

The rise of remote work has led to the rise of a wild phenomenon: the overemployed.

While it is difficult to know exactly how many people juggle multiple full-time jobs simultaneously, it is evident the trend is more common than most realize. 79% of remote workers say they have been overemployed within the past year

In fact, on Reddit, there is a subreddit called "r/overemployed" with nearly 300,000 community members. The...

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February 8, 2024 35 mins

Modern organizations face continuous threats from bad actors that put systems, data and people at great risk. This is why it's critical for companies to adopt solid cyber governance strategies.

Cyber governance, or cybersecurity governance, is a holistic approach to mitigating business risks. Via risk management and security awareness, companies develop cybersecurity plans designed to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threa...

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February 3, 2024 67 mins

If you have ever spent some time on dating apps, you most likely have encountered fake profiles. And with recent improvements in AI, there's a good chance some of those fake profiles aren't even using pictures of real people.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in 2022, nearly 70,000 people reported some form of a romance scam, with total reported losses reaching $1.3 billion, equating to a median loss of $4,40...

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January 28, 2024 35 mins

Whether it's at work or at home, everything we do online is based on permissions. If you have the proper credentials, you can obtain access.

When permissions management breaks down or a threat actor manages to gain unauthorized access, the situation can deteriorate very quickly.

In this episode of Privacy Files, we talk to Jake Moshenko. Jake is an authorization pioneer who is the Co-Founder and CEO of AuthZed, the company comm...

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January 19, 2024 42 mins

In this episode of Privacy Files, we talk to Cindy Cohn, an American civil liberties attorney and the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

In 2018, Forbes named Cindy one of America's Top 50 Women in Tech.

Cindy's passion for internet law spans decades and has put her in the middle of landmark legal cases involving privacy, censorship and the Fourth Amendment.

We begin the episode by discussing Ci...

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January 12, 2024 43 mins

Happy New Year!

In this first Privacy Files episode of 2024, we kick off a new true crime series...with a privacy angle.

We examine the disturbing crime of cyber kidnapping.

According to the FBI, scammers have been perpetrating variations of cyber kidnapping for at least 20 years.

Sometimes called "virtual kidnapping," cyber kidnapping is an extortion scheme where scammers contact a person, claiming they kidnapped a relat...

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December 22, 2023 54 mins

Quick Note: This is the last episode of 2023. We will be back the second week of January 2024 with exciting new changes and many more fascinating guests. Thank you to everyone who has supported Privacy Files over the past year. You have given us encouragement to continue our mission to help the world take back control over its personal information. Have a great holiday season and see you in 2024!

When it comes to the topic of priva...

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December 15, 2023 58 mins

The mission to give people back control over their personal data is far from an easy one. Fortunately for society, there are a few mavericks around the world who are sacrificing sleep for the protection of individual privacy.

In this episode of Privacy Files, we talk to JB Benjamin, a privacy tech innovator who is reshaping the digital landscape. JB runs three separate technology companies, all with a common theme of combating cont...

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November 28, 2023 47 mins

There are many good people around the world who are working long hours to make data privacy and security second nature.

Aaron Painter, CEO of Nametag, is one of these leaders whose passion begins with focusing on the human side of business. Author of the book Loyal: A Leader's Guide to Winning Customer and Employee Loyalty, Aaron shows you why it's important to provide superior customer service and how to get there.

So what...

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November 16, 2023 54 mins

Special Note: This is the 50th episode of Privacy Files. Thank you to all for your continued support of our mission to make the topic of privacy approachable for everyone. 2024 will be even better!


In this episode of Privacy Files, we look at the rise of the Software-Defined Vehicle and how this evolution in automobiles is putting your privacy at risk.

A Software-Defined Vehicle is any vehicle that manages its op...

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November 12, 2023 90 mins

The reason we started Privacy Files is to make the topic of privacy and personal data protection more approachable for a wider, global audience. Many people acknowledge that privacy is important, but they just don't know where to begin.

At Privacy Files, we believe this begins with understanding your privacy risk exposure. In other words, it's about education.

On November 4, 2023, Privacy Files hit the road and recorded thi...

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