Nearly 50 Million Instagram Records Exposed in Data Leak

May 21, 2019 | By:
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Cell Phone with Instagram Application

What Happened? – On Monday, May 20, 2019, TechCrunch was alerted to a massive exposure of Instagram influencers’ private information through an unsecured online database. At the time of discovery, the database contained 49 million records and was continuing to grow as it “scraped” the Instagram accounts of influencers, celebrities, and bloggers.

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The Dark Web & What It Means to Your Identity

May 18, 2019 | By:
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What is the “Dark Web” ?  – Whether you’re an expert, or know nothing about it, something in our brain rightfully associates the term “Dark Web” with criminal activity. The Dark Web can be a scary place. It’s home to thousands of Web pages used to facilitate virtually any illegal activity you could imagine. But, it’s …

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WhatsApp Vulnerability Spies on Users

May 14, 2019 | By:
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Hacked Message on Mobile Device

What happened? – On Monday, May 13, 2019, the popular messaging app, WhatsApp, announced hackers had exploited a flaw in the app’s voice call feature, installing surveillance software on users’ smartphones (both iOS and Android), which may have impacted its 1.5 billion users worldwide. As of Tuesday, May 14th, the exact number of victims remains …

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Dark Web Deals: Your Child’s Identity for Sale

May 14, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Personal Protection

Young boy looking at computer screen

Did you know a child’s identity is twice as likely to be compromised as an adult’s? More than 1 million children under the age of 18 in the U.S. were identity theft victims in a single year, according to the most recent study on Child Identity Fraud by Javelin Strategy & Research. Two-thirds of those …

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Patient Healthcare Data is in “Critical Condition”

May 2, 2019 | By:
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Nurse Checking Patient Information on Tablet

If you’ve been following 2019 data breaches as closely as EZShield + IdentityForce, you would likely notice a disturbing trend. The list is riddled with hospitals, health networks, and other healthcare providers — many of whom were compromised due to employee error or a lack of basic cybersecurity protocols.

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Mystery Data Breach Exposes 80 Million U.S. Households

April 30, 2019 | By:
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Mystery Data breach

What Happened? – On Monday, April 29, 2019, security researchers with vpnMentor discovered a data breach that included information on 80 million households, approximately 65% of the households in the U.S. The exposed database included names, ages, full addresses, marital status, geographical, income, and other demographic data. What is most concerning, and unusual, about this …

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Spring Cleaning Part 3: Six Ways for SMBs to Update Cybersecurity Policies and Reduce Risk

April 23, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

Minimum Risk Small Business Security Policy

Setting a high security standard is critical for any small business to protect their employees, customers, and essential data. A cybersecurity policy encompasses the actions, resources, and responsibilities necessary to safeguard your company from ever-increasing vulnerabilities or a data breach disaster.

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Refund Denied: What to Do if You’re a Victim of Tax Fraud

April 16, 2019 | By:
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Rejected Tax Notice

Now that April 15th has come and gone, it’s still critical for you to stay vigilant and to keep a watchful eye for any suspicious activity that may signal tax fraud.  Fraudsters have been busy, and may have already been working behind the scenes to steal your refund. The 2018 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book …

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540 Million Facebook Records Left Exposed on Amazon Servers

April 10, 2019 | By:
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breach alert - Facebook Data

What Happened? – On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, the cybersecurity company, UpGuard reported that it discovered two massive datasets containing information on more than 540 million Facebook users. The information had been uploaded to Amazon cloud servers by two separate third-party app developers and was left unprotected, open to access by anyone.

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