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  • Mother's Day

    4 Mother’s Day Scams You Want to Avoid

    Consumer Protection Catphishing 

    Did you know that with the exception of Christmas, people spend more money on Mother’s Day than any other holiday? The forecast for 2017 is $23.6 billion, and if you think scammers aren’t on the job, there’s a new marshmallow bridge spanning Loon Lake I’d to sell you a piece of. In order, the most-gifted recipients of Mother’s Day sentimental swag are mothers and stepmothers, then wives, daughters, sisters or stepsisters, grandmothers, godmothers, and, for […]

  • bank vault

    Why a Hacker May Be Lurking Near Your Bank Account

    Cybersecurity 

    Don’t expect the financial services industry to ever willingly disclose how much it loses to cyber thieves on an annual basis. But make no mistake determined, well-funded hacking rings continue to breach banking systems on a regular basis. And they continue to inflict material losses–likely at a scale the general public would find shocking. Breach attempts against financial services firms occurs 24/7/365, says Brian Soldato, senior product management director at NSS Labs, an Austin, Tex.-based […]

  • laptop ban

    Laptop Ban is a Cyber Hygiene Wake-up Call

    Data Security 

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) instituted an electronics ban on flights in and out of the United States. As per DHS’s Fact Sheet “Electronic devices larger than a cell phone/smart phone will not be allowed to be carried onboard the aircraft in carry-on luggage or other accessible property. Electronic devices that exceed this size limit must be secured in checked luggage.” Between this, the Galaxy Note 7 restriction (fire on a plane […]

  • Identity portfolio

    5 Tricks to Make Your Identity Portfolio More Secure

    Data Security Identity Theft 

    I’ve written extensively about the importance of building a credit portfolio. Credit equals buying power, which, when used wisely, can lead to increased net worth. Put simply, bad credit means fewer consumer choices and a staggering number of lost opportunities in the way of deals, car-factory incentives and other credit-based transactions. No matter the purchase type, the lowest interest rates and the biggest loans go to those with the strongest credit portfolios. You can read […]

  • ransomware

    Ransomware plot line: Netflix hackers follow script that leads to money

    Cybersecurity Identity Theft 

    TV show leak is good reminder for everyone to put their digital lives in order The premature release of the new season of “Orange is the New Black” by hackers is no big deal. Really. You can see why producers made the calculation that stopping the “hack” was not even worth the alleged $66,000 or so the hackers demanded as “ransom,” according to TorrentFreak. Why? Online show fans are very familiar with the restraint required […]

  • 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 […]

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