2017

December 20, 2017
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Companies large and small expend a lot of time and effort shoring up their data-security defenses.

But scammers, ever vigilant, can go through the side door as well, exploiting accounts-payable departments with invoices for goods and services that are unwanted or even nonexistent. The goal is to fool or pressure an employee into cutting a real check for a fake charge, which can cost your business hundreds or even thousands of...

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December 18, 2017
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The year is nearly over. It’s time to sing Auld Lang Syne, do self-reflection and declare your New Year’s resolutions.

Many attempts to become a better you, however, can jeopardize your identity. Follow these tips to protect your information:

Get in shape. Ready to hit the gym and search for your elusive six-pack abs? When you apply for membership, be cautious about how much personal information you give. If you are required to provide a social security number...

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December 18, 2017
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Some of the most popular New Year's resolutions can put your identifying information at risk. Follow the tips in this infographic to keep your identity secure.

 

 

 

December 12, 2017
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You open your monthly credit card statement and receive a shock: Someone is enjoying a big screen TV purchased with your card, and it’s not you.

You've just been hit with credit card fraud, a rampant form of theft responsible for nearly one-third of all identity theft complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). When criminals use stolen credit card information online or by phone—instead of in person at a store—it’s called card-not-present...

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December 12, 2017
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Scammers make a killing during the holiday season. While you spend your time thinking of ways to bring holiday joy to others, they spend their time thinking up ways to steal from you. The saddest part about this is that the ghosts of Christmases past keep visiting Christmas present.

With that, I give you this year’s 12 scams of Christmas.

The Gift Card Scam

While definitely a ghost of...

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December 12, 2017
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If you lose your Social Security card, you’ll have to order a replacement card from the Social Security Administration (SSA). But unfortunately, a simple phone call will not do the trick. Instead, you will have to apply online using a my Social Security account or supply verification to a Social Security office in person or by mail.

Online Application for a Replacement Social Security Card... Read More
December 11, 2017
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As consumers step up their online shopping leading up to the holidays, it’s a prime time of the year for identity theft. While you are busy snagging hot deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thieves are phishing for your information.

Don’t let an identity thief take the jingle out of your holiday. Follow these 12 tips to keep your financial information secure during the holiday season.

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December 8, 2017
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Think the past year was tough on your organization’s cyber security? Ransomware, DDos attacks and other exploits are only going to get worse.

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be bumpy ride—but with the right preparation, you can improve your organization’s cyber security posture.

Here’s our threat forecast for 2018:

Ransomware. Expect a decline in ransomware... Read More
December 8, 2017
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The time to integrate added security into our country’s personal identification system is upon us.

The Equifax data breach released into the wild 144 million unique U.S. Social Security numbers. Future verifications used to prove identity to a prospective employer, creditor or educational institution should combine biometric...

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December 7, 2017
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The Supreme Court is hearing a case this month, Carpenter v. the United States, that represents an opportunity for the country to move in the right direction on privacy. It’s only fitting that a conviction for a series of armed robberies involving the theft of smartphones may determine the way investigators and prosecutors can use cellphone data in the future.

Timothy Ivory Carpenter was convicted of planning, supplying guns...

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