Looking Back on the Equifax Data Breach

September 21, 2017 | By:
Posted in: Personal Protection

The Calm After the Storm When you hear that 143 million Americans were affected by the Equifax data breach, it’s natural to feel a bit on edge.It’s scary to know that you may have been involved in a data breach. The size and scope of the Equifax data breach makes us wonder: what happened to our …

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Equifax Data Breach Exposes 143 Million

September 8, 2017 | By:
Posted in: Breach and Scam News

UPDATE 9/21/2017 CNN Tech reports that a fake Equifax website went viral via Twitter yesterday. The worst part? Equifax fell for it. Equifax created a website for consumers affected by the company’s recent breach event called “equifaxsecurity2017.com” to offer a way for consumers to determine their impact, as well as general information about the breach. Additionally, the company …

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Mobile Messaging (Pt. 2): Best Messaging Apps 2017

September 7, 2017 | By:
Posted in: Personal Protection

Secure Messaging Matters In Part 1 of our Mobile Messaging series, Laura discussed the importance of using secure mobile messaging apps and how to choose the best messaging apps on the market. Messaging apps reveal more personal information than we realize.Secure messaging is important because criminals can extract information from our messages that can lead to a …

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Pro V. Con: BYOD Security Challenges & Concerns

August 16, 2017 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

Employees and Personal Devices Most employees will bring at least one type of smart device – most likely a smartphone – into the office. In fact, 77 percent of Americans use smartphones, which is why business owners have begun putting Bring Your Own Device, or “BYOD” policies in place.  BYOD simply means that your business allows …

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HBO Breach Exposes 1.5 Terabytes of Data

August 9, 2017 | By:
Posted in: Breach and Scam News

What happened? Premium television network HBO suffered a massive data breach that reportedly exposed 1.5 terabytes of data. The HBO breach was discovered on July 27, 2017 after a hacker group — calling themselves “little.finger66” — breached the company’s internal network with a sophisticated cyberattack.

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Mobile Messaging (Pt. 1): Secure Your Messages

August 7, 2017 | By:
Posted in: Personal Protection

Why do criminals want my messages? Our dedicated readers know that we’re serious about social media security. It seems like we’ve covered social media from virtually all angles. Social media security has been continuously criticized by identity protection and security industry experts. As such, mobile messaging services within these platforms – like Facebook Messenger and Direct …

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Business Email Compromise: Infographic

August 7, 2017 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

Business Email Compromise It’s important that your employees know how to recognize phishing emails. However, business email compromise (BEC) scams are more sophisticated than traditional phishing attacks — and much harder to detect.Unlike typical phishing emails that are characterized by unknown senders, grammar and spelling mistakes, and suspicious links and attachments, BEC emails appear to come …

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Test Your Data Breach IQ!

July 19, 2017 | By:
Posted in: Quizzes: Test Your Security Knowledge

2017 Data Breach IQ Quiz Personal information is now more valuable than ever. In 2016, there were a total of 1,096 data breaches that affected companies across a variety of industries. Retailers, businesses, government agencies, media companies, non-profits and more had information compromised by unintended exposure or data theft. Criminals use the exposed information to commit identity …

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“Sharenting” – Parents & Online Sharing: Infographic

July 17, 2017 | By:
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Parents, Kids, and Online Sharing  Sharenting, or the act of parents sharing information about their children online, is a phenomenon that began in the early 2000s. Parents began posting media of their children playing sports, taking their first steps, singing in the car and more. While social media is a great tool to keep in touch …

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