Do We Have Data Breach Fatigue?

After another monumental data breach this past week from Marriott/Starwood, we were once again exposed to the real threats and realities that exist with our information held within the systems of large corporations where we spend money.  Marriott has not finished identifying duplicate information in the database, but it believes it contains information on approximately 500 million guests.  They believe for approximately 327 million of these guests, the information hacked included name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, and other pertinent information.  There is still no definitive information on whether or not credit card information could be decrypted by the hackers.  Class action lawsuits are already flying off the shelf. It almost seems as if once per month we are barraged with some new data breach from large companies seeing what has happened with Equifax, Yahoo!, and now Marriott recently.  Many Americans may already believe hackers have their information from ...

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How Do I Get A Good Home Inspection?

Home Inspection: What is it?  Who needs one? What does a good home inspection include? How do I choose a quality home inspector? Should I have a brand new home inspected? These are the most common questions asked by home buyers, home sellers and even real estate agents.  The simplest way to begin is to say that with very few exceptions, everyone buying a house, used or brand new, should have the home inspected. Purchasing a home is a large investment. You wouldn’t buy a used car without having your own mechanic check it out first. The same goes for your house. We all live in some kind of house. We flush the toilet, turn the lights on and off, take a shower, expect there to be heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, but very few of us know how where the power comes from, where the water and sewage goes, how the furnace works. We hardly ever recognize the signs that ...

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