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  • data breach

    Cyber attacks becoming big threat for small businesses

    Cybersecurity 

    Small and midsize businesses are increasingly at risk for data breach class-action lawsuits that typically have targeted large corporations. Large companies are learning to address cyber threats. Hackers are responding by setting their sights on SMBs. It’s simply more productive and efficient to attack poorly protected companies that could take weeks or even months to notice they’ve been breached. As the risk of exposure moves downstream, the associated class-action lawsuits surely will follow. Statistics from […]

  • immigration

    How Trump’s Immigration Policy Spurred a Deportation Scam

    Government 

    For those who thought President Trump’s stance on immigration was the gossamer of election year overpromising, it’s time to adjust that thinking. The administration last week unveiled plans to target all “removable” aliens. It is a staggering number of people: 11 million. If I told you that Price Waterhouse blamed the envelope mix-up at the Oscars on a practical joke devised by Warren Beatty and provided a link to the story, would you click through? […]

  • My Friend Cayla, similar toys may not be your child’s best friend

    Identity Theft Technology 

    Germany has taken steps to allay concerns about how the “Internet of Toys” could put children in harm’s way. This past December, consumer groups concerned with child safety petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to look into a hot new doll, named My Friend Cayla, and its counterpart marketed to boys, i-Que Intelligent Robot. Privacy advocates expressed concern about the dolls’ capacity to spy on children. And now German authorities have banned these two internet-connected toys […]

  • The Latest Way Fraudsters Are Abusing Personal Information

    Identity Theft 

    According to a 2016 report from the security firm ThreatMetrix, identity thieves are working a new seam in the identity theft gold mine: online lending. There is an increase in attacks against providers of alternative lending products. The reason online lenders have attracted this unwanted attention has to do with the niche they occupy. First, they typically offer smaller loans in the $2,000 to $5,000 range. They differentiate themselves in a crowded market by providing […]

  • Tax fraud

    How to Make Sure Someone Doesn’t Steal Your Tax Refund

    Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    Americans taxpayers are too lax about identity theft, according to CyberScout. A survey conducted by the data security and identity protection firm found more than half of Americans aren’t worried about tax fraud, despite federal reports showing identity thieves filed 787,000 fraudulent returns in 2016, which adds up to more than $4 billion in fraud. The survey also found that only 35% of taxpayers ask their preparers to use two-factor authentication (which is stronger than […]

  • Student loan scam

    5 Ways to Spot a Student Loan Scam

    student loans 

    “I LOVE my student loan debt,” said no one, ever. Not only can student loan repayment be difficult to understand, it can crush your budget, and whenever there’s confusion and desperation, there’s someone trying to make money off it. There are a handful of legitimate ways you can make your student loan payments more affordable, but it’s very likely you’ll come across student loan scams if you’re researching repayment options. These scams vary widely — […]

  • Consumer protection

    Why the CFPB Is in Danger of Getting Trumped

    Financial Literacy Government Consumer Protection 

    Just beyond the Trump swelter of the hour, lawmakers have been busy concocting plans to dismantle key achievements of the Obama years. Among those accomplishments currently targeted is a concerted effort to destroy, defang, scrap (feel free to select the word) the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB was created to protect consumers from the kinds of predatory practices that played a big part in the financial meltdown of 2007 to 2008. The idea was […]

  • Catphishing Story #7 Think Before You Click That Link!

    Social Media Catphishing Blog Privacy 

    With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, people are looking for love more and more online. Unfortunately, hackers and scammers are waiting to prey on online daters, hoping to steal their heart, along with their cash. Think Before You Click That Link! The e-card may seem romantic, but it could mask something more dangerous, like malware or viruses that can do more than just spam your computer with ads, but could remotely take over your […]

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Is Your Lover a Con Artist? How to avoid catfishing on Valentine’s Day

    Data Security Infographic Swiped Cybersecurity Catphishing Identity Theft 

    Have you had any horrible online dating stories? Did you ever meet someone online you wish you hadn’t?  Share #YourBestCatfishStory! The winning catfishing story will be featured in Adam Levin’s Huffington Post column! Did you hear about the guy from Bucksnort, Tennessee, who sent a catfisher his life savings after a steamy back-and-forth on a popular dating app? The amount he lost was $4,395.45, which was the supposed cost of airfare and visa expedition for the victim’s […]

  • cyber bank robbery

    How bank robbers have gone digital – and why they can’t be stopped

    Data Security Technology 

    Willie Sutton’s rationale for robbing banks — ‘Because that’s where the money is’ – holds as true today as 80 years ago. Instead of machine guns and fast getaway cars, cyber-age bank robbers rely on cleverly adopting common hacking routines to find and extract the cash. Banks have poured billions into hack-proofing their websites and networks. Yet breach attempts persist and robbers continue to strike it rich. Security services vendor NTT Security reports that finance […]

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