Zynga the maker of a very popular game called Words with Friends had their database hacked by a Pakistani Hacker who goes by the name, Gnostic-players. He got personally identifiable information on 218 million users… Wow!

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Hey, welcome back, Greg Peterson here WGAN. And online at Craig Peterson dot com. I have a ton of stuff up there over 3000 articles all searchable, all about the latest in technology and security, the things you need to know about. So I hope you visited online again, Craig Peterson calm. Now we have been talking as we often do a lot about some of the security issues that we’re seeing out there. I tend to emphasize small business stuff because man, I empathize. I’m a small business guy always have been, I have had lifestyle businesses, hopefully, at some point, I will not have the lifestyle business. I have right now. Well, pretty much a family business. And I really enjoy working with my family members. And then we have other people that work for us that are not family members. And I, again, I really enjoy working with everybody and all of our clients. Now, I said that because I want to make one thing clear. Now don’t you always know when someone says that I want to make one thing perfectly clear, it usually means that they’re lying. Right? I just heard that on the news this week to heard one of the presidential candidates saying those exact words it reminded me of President Nixon back in the day, anyhow,

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So I get it. And I understand those people that have been trying to do something the same way for a long time. And, you know, you just don’t want to change, I get that as well. And it is scary. It’s difficult. But guys and gals, you have to do it. Because whereas echo facts can survive losing pretty much every person in the country is personal information. And more or less, nobody gets fired. And there’s no real find. That’s not true for you as a small business person, because within six months, you’re out of business. And that’s what this quick start guide is all about that you can pick up at Craig Peterson. com slash Quick Start. And as I said, it’s up for free right now I guarantee you it will be coming down. So make sure you get that. But Words with Friends is from a huge game company. These guys, Zynga make all kinds of games. If you’ve ever played games on Facebook, some of the games on your Android or iOS device guaranteed. Some of them have come from Zynga very, very big. So there is a report that came out from Hacker News. And it’s saying that this Pakistani hacker, who goes by the alias of gnostic players told Gizmodo Hacker News and I’m reading a report from Gizmodo, but told Hacker News that on some bout September 2, he was able to access the data belonging to all the players who installed the game on iOS and Android, which would apparently amount to about 218 million users. That’s pretty impressive, isn’t it? You start hearing numbers like that. So I gotta go right now got a hard break. We gotta go to when we get back. I’m going to finish this up and we’re going to talk about some some new features. Let’s, let’s look at the happier side of things. With the Alexa. You’re listening to Craig Peterson here on WGAN and online at Craig peterson.com. Stick around because we’ll be right back.

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