386 Million User Records from 18 Companies Leaked for Free

July 28, 2020 | By:
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computer hacker selling PII on dark web

What Happened? – It was just recently confirmed that starting on July 21, 2020, multiple databases containing the stolen information of over 386 million consumers were posted online in a hacker forum — all for free. The exposed information was stolen from eighteen companies, including Wattpad (270 million user records), Mathway.com (25.8 million user records), …

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What is Vishing? Voice Phishing Scams to Avoid

July 27, 2020 | By:
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man on phone victim of vishing scam

What is vishing? – Vishing is a phone scam type of phishing attack. The word “vishing” comes from “voice” and “phishing”. Phishing scams are most often done through email, named by the idea that a fraudster is dangling a hook or a lure to get unsuspecting victims to reveal sensitive information, like usernames, passwords, or credit card …

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What Is the Difference Between Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft?

July 22, 2020 | By:
Posted in: Personal Protection

credit card fraud

It’s easy to confuse credit card fraud with identity theft, but they’re not the same thing. Let’s take a quick look at how they’re different.Credit Card Fraud vs. Identity Theft – Credit card fraud is a potential consequence of identity theft. Here, a thief steals your credit card information and then makes purchases in a store …

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Healthcare Data Breach Toolkit for Victims & Providers

July 20, 2020 | By:
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Healthcare Data Breach Toolkit

It seems like almost every day a new healthcare agency, facility, or network is reporting a data breach.A lot of it may have to do with the fact that many healthcare organizations have outdated IT systems and lack focus and investment in cybersecurity tools. There’s also employee error, which can inadvertently open up the flood …

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Caller ID Spoofing Scams Prey on Trust to Steal Sensitive Information

July 2, 2020 | By:
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Spoofing Scams Target Personal Information

Caller ID or phone spoofing is a phone scam whereby callers impersonate government officials, financial institutions, or legitimate company by using fraudulent displays of phone numbers (or “spoofs”) — to gain the victim’s trust and get them to disclose Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or sensitive financial information.

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Risk of Identity Theft is a Costly Proposition for SMBs

June 22, 2020 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

Small Business Owner Looking at Laptop

*Originally posted June 18, 2019. Updated June 22, 2020.*Much like individuals, businesses can be victims of identity theft. However, unlike personal identity theft, it is often unclear how a Small and Medium-Sized Business (SMB) can recover from the financial and reputational impact. Business identity theft occurs when criminals impersonate a company to target its funds, …

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Smart Home Threats: Securing Your IoT Devices Against Cybercrime and Oversharing

June 15, 2020 | By:
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Connected Home Devices

*Originally posted February 11, 2019. Updated June 15, 2020*Protect Your Smart Home – The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses the billions of devices that are connected to the web all over the world. Smart home devices, like virtual assistants, make our lives more convenient but can also present serious security risks and personal intrusion. With …

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Coronavirus Scams Target Unemployment Benefits

May 29, 2020 | By:
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Unemployment Scams During COVID19

Unemployment scams have become more lucrative during COVID-19, as states are providing unemployed workers with an additional $600 a week in unemployment insurance benefits as part of the CARES Act through at least July 2020. The Identity Theft Resource Center has received more complaints of unemployment identity theft in the first two weeks of May, 2020 as they …

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Stay On Top Of Business Email Compromise

May 27, 2020 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

Business Person Checking Email on Mobile Device

*Originally Posted July 11, 2016. Updated May 27, 2020*You’ve heard the old saying: “Don’t open an email from someone you don’t know.” You assume that your employees understand how to spot a phishing scam with illegitimate hyperlinks or suspicious attachments with odd file extensions. But what if they receive an email that appears to come …

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