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

Connected Home Devices

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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 over 26 billion connected IoT devices in use worldwide and growing, there is no better time to secure your home against cybercriminals seeking information that could be used against you or your family, and lockdown devices that may be collecting more information than you want to share. Continue reading

Healthcare Data Breaches and Cyber Attacks During COVID-19 Put Your Medical Identity at Risk

Healthcare Data on Laptop and Folder

Cybersecurity concerns surrounding healthcare organizations and hospitals have been brewing at the same time the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread around the world. In fact, warnings from the FBI and Interpol indicate that hospitals are a target for a wide-range of cyber-attacks, from having medical records exposed to attacks that may involve ransomware — software built as a decoy to lock down a computer system until the ransom is paid. This happened on May 5th, 2020, when a reported ransomware attack on the Fresenius Group, a global healthcare company and one of the largest dialysis equipment providers in the U.S., impacted the company’s operations around the world. These attacks can not only cripple healthcare and hospital operations, but hackers and scammers can also put sensitive personal medical information at high risk of fraud. Continue reading

Coronavirus Scams Targeting Your Social Security Number

elderly man using laptop to check social security information

April is National Social Security Awareness month, and a good time to get up to speed on the latest scams targeting your Social Security number (SSN) and the resulting fraud that occurs. In 2019, government imposter scams were at an all-time high, with the majority of imposters pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The new twist in 2020 comes as scammers capitalize on the coronavirus outbreak and the ongoing media coverage of COVID-19 and its impact on society and the economy.

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Combating Tax Identity Theft: The IRS and the Taxpayer

Taxes Due Reminder

*Originally posted March 13, 2017. Updated February 28, 2020.*

Tax season, fraud, theft – oh my! 

Tax season is a notoriously stressful time. Between filling out the forms, paying taxes or waiting for refunds, the tax-filing process can seem endless.

What’s more concerning is that tax season is a holiday for identity thieves. Tax fraud and tax identity theft continue to be a significant problem for both the tax administration and American taxpayers alike. Whether it’s through data breaches, phishing emails, scams or simple social engineering tactics, criminals hope to obtain enough of your sensitive information so that they can fraudulently file your taxes before you do. Continue reading