12 Quick Ways to Secure Your Personal Data

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Secure Your Personal Data

Think about the many places your personal data lives – the documents that contain it, the businesses collecting it, the devices storing and sharing it, the websites and apps using it. Fraudsters work by targeting those sources of data to ultimately profit from it.

Despite the “how” and “why,” security incidents like data breaches, phishing scams and more can leave you wondering: What should I do?  The good news is that awareness and prevention are often the best remedy for many of these threats.

Here are 12 tips (that will take five minutes or less!) to help better secure your personal data. Continue reading

MyHeritage Confirms 92 Million Breached

What happened?

Genealogy and DNA testing service MyHeritage confirmed a recent breach affecting more than 92 million customers. According to reports, email addresses and hashed passwords were impacted by this breach. 

The Israeli-based company has nearly 100 million users from all over the world – with offices in North America, Israel and Europe.  MyHeritage consists of both genealogy networking and DNA testing services similar to AncestryDNA, 23andMe and Family Tree Now. 

A security researcher discovered a file containing email addresses and hashed passwords on a private server not associated with MyHeritage databases, the company said. Password hashing scrambles a user’s true password when it is stored by a company, adding an extra layer of protection to passwords if they fall into the wrong hands. 

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Beware of Phone and Mail Scams

Scammers Still Call & Mail Victims

With the increasing numbers of connected devices, social media platforms and other digital services, we’ve become accustomed to the threats that target us online. But two not-so-new phone and mail scams prove that fraudsters are still using traditional scamming methods to facilitate their crimes.

Unfortunate but true, our Resolution Center gets calls about phone and mail scams all the time. This new wave of malicious phone and mail scams reminds us just how effective traditional social engineering and scare tactics can be. Continue reading