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  • bad employee

    How Your Worst Employee Could Literally Put You Out of Business

    Data Security Technology 

    Doubtless, you are aware that phishing (an email that looks like a company communication or something work-related containing malware) and spear phishing (the same thing from the spoofed account of a company executive) have become facts of life. Or maybe not. There are a host of reasons to be concerned. Phishing attacks are literally out of control. According to one survey published earlier this year, 85 percent of companies in the United States reported being […]

  • biometric scanner

    Is It Time to Buy a Biometric Scanner?

    Data Security Identity Theft 

    Identity theft is still out there, keeping pace with the latest innovations and security measures, and snaring new victims every day. With the advent of cheaper, standalone, easy-to-integrate biometric technology for authentication, is it time to buy a fingerprint scanner? What’s a Biometric Scanner? Biometric technology uses physical or biological information, like a fingerprint, retinal scan or heartbeat, to authenticate a person’s identity. You can currently purchase the most commonplace biometric scanner — that is, […]

  • tax scam

    Tax-fraud scams don’t end with tax-filing season

    Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    Many businesses and consumers are on high alert for tax-fraud scams during the first quarter of the year. But the exposure doesn’t end with the tax-filing season. Especially since criminals can monetize the same data year-round. “W-2 data is the holy grail because you can’t reset it, like a password,” says Michael Marriott, a research analyst with Digital Shadows, a digital-risk management company. “PII (personally identifiable information) is always going to be attractive—it doesn’t matter […]

  • nigerian scam

    Why You Need to Know About This Nigerian Hacker Ring Targeting Small Businesses

    Data Security Technology 

    Nigerian 419 con artists have been around seemingly forever, relentlessly sucking funds out of the bank accounts of one duped individual victim at a time. You’ve probably heard of them. These gambits revolve around tricking the victim into thinking he or she can help transfer a large sum into a U.S. bank, and make a tidy profit on the side. But now some veteran Nigerian criminals have evolved–ripping off small- and medium-sized businesses on a […]

  • Why Tax Collection Scams Are Getting Harder to Stop

    Cybersecurity Personal Finance 

    I’ve written about tax-related crime for years, and have always offered this fail-safe rule to avoid tax scams: If you ever receive a call from the IRS about back taxes or any other money you supposedly owe the government, hang up because it’s a scam. There was something comforting about that advice — maybe even a little satisfying. I mean, who secretly doesn’t want to hang up on the taxman? But it seemed no amount […]

  • How Criminals Are Probing the Internet to Illicitly Control Companies

    Data Security Technology 

    When a young Finnish programmer named Tatu Ylönen conjured up the Secure Shell (SSH) coding protocol in 1995, he had no inkling of the pivotal role his creation would play in the rapid evolution of network-centric commerce. And Ylönen certainly never imagined that one day he would be consumed with spreading awareness about a darker aspect of SSH: his protocol – or, more precisely, how SSH has come to be used as part of the […]

  • hacked siren

    Hacked sirens should serve as warning that better infrastructure security is needed

    Data Security 

    It’s tempting to ignore the warning sirens that blared Dallas out of bed last Saturday night, the work of a hacker. But that would be a very serious mistake. We hear so much about the importance of securing America’s critical infrastructure systems. Then you find out that the company responsible for maintaining the Dallas outdoor warning siren network also is an office furniture moving company. In case you missed it, outdoor sirens in Dallas screeched […]

  • Easter scam

    6 Easter Scams You Want to Avoid

    Consumer Protection Swiped 

    Easter is a time for family, colorful parties and egg hunts, but sadly it also attracts scam artists looking to make a quick buck during the high-fructose corn syrup free-for-all. There are all stripes of Eastertime cons and scams waiting for you if you’re not paying attention — or even if you are. Some don’t really qualify as scams, whether we’re talking about those colorful plastic eggs for storing treats, sometimes loaded with lead paint, […]

  • Computer scan

    Give your computer network a health checkup

    Data Security Technology 

    Health awareness was celebrated across the globe last Friday on World Health Day, an event sponsored by the World Health Organization. But humans aren’t the only ones who suffer from health issues—so do computers. Here is a look at some comparable characteristics of the two species. Health Checks. Humans require assurance from their doctors from time to time that they are fit and healthy. So we schedule regular health checks to ensure we’re on the […]

  • Privacy

    Will We Ever Stop Bugging Ourselves?

    Privacy Technology 

    We live in an age of hackers. They are employed by our government and deployed by foreign powers. They are freelancers with goals ranging from netting big consulting fees in exchange for the discovery of potentially damaging vulnerabilities before they make the evening news, to sending a message, to righting a perceived wrong, to outright criminal activity. While the various hacker camps are different, they present the same conundrum to all of us: Is anything […]

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