On Sept. 21, news broke that a tool Experian, one of the three major credit bureaus, has on its site to retrieve the PIN needed to remove credit freezes had a major security flaw. While such a tool can be helpful, the problem is that accessing the tool is fairly simple, only requiring users to enter information that is likely to have been leaked in the recent Equifax breach (if not in an earlier breach), allowing almost anyone to unfreeze someone’s credit.
Scammers are relentless and will stop at nothing to trick victims out of their hard-earned money, and the unfortunate reality is they often get away with it. That’s why those rare instances when scammers are required to face a judge can be cathartic, especially for scam victims. As part of its initiative to take down tech support scams, the FTC has secured $10 million in settlement money to return to consumers.
We’ve spoken before about password managers and how useful they can be when it comes to keeping track of your many logins. With hackers and data breaches showing no signs of stopping any time soon, you might be curious about how they stack up as a cybersecurity option. That’s why we’ve decided to give you an in-depth look at how password managers work and walk you through choosing the right one for you.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".