Anti-Malware Protection: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

The Need for Anti-Malware Protection 

The holiday season is an exciting time for both consumers and fraudsters. The hustle and bustle gives criminals ample opportunity for cyberattack, phishing and malware infections. 

It’s especially important that you’re prepared for the influx of phishing schemes and cyberattacks that you can expect this holiday season. No matter what time of year, we strongly recommend that you protect your computer and other devices with anti-malware or anti-virus software. In fact, security experts detected 172 million malware attacks just in Q2 of 2016 alone. 

Many of you may be wondering: “Who cares? Who needs anti-malware software?” This guide will walk you through the need for anti-malware protection during the holidays and year-round. Plus, see which free anti-malware programs are recommended to protect your devices without breaking your budget.   Continue reading

Secure Your Identity This Holiday Season 2017

Identity Thieves LOVE the Holidays 

The holiday season is an exciting time for consumers, and even more exciting for identity thieves. Criminals know that good cybersecurity practices are often put on the back burner when consumers are shopping for the perfect holiday gift. 

Fraudsters rely on you to “click before you think” when browsing the hoard of online discounts and holiday sales. Without the proper preventative measures put in place, the holidays can leave you extremely vulnerable to various identity crime tactics and scams.   Continue reading

Credit 101: Bureaus, Reports & ID Theft

Credit Is More Than Your Card 

When your information is exposed in a data breach, it can cause panic and concern. Who can I trust? What should I do? And who has access to my information?  

The good news is that some of the most effective preventative measures are already within your reach. Your credit information – paired with the right credit protection tools – can help defend against fraud and identity theft after a data breach event.  

Industry experts (including those of us at EZShield, too) often suggest that consumers check their credit reports, consider placing credit freezes or fraud alerts, and contact the three major credit bureaus.  

Each of us understands the concept of credit from our own perspectives. Credit typically means “buy now, pay off later.” Credit scores indicate our lending risk and credit reports are often reviewed to rent an apartment, apply for a loan or open new credit card accounts.

So, let’s look at how credit works, how your credit reports can help you spot identity crime, and additional tools you can use to further protect your credit information.   Continue reading

Keep IoT Security In Mind: Infographic

The… Internet… of… What? 

When you hear “Internet of Things,” or see its abbreviation “IoT,” it may feel rather foreign. But the concept of IoT is simply the connection between humans and Internet-connected devices.  

Today, IoT is so much more than just your smartphone or computer.

You’ve seen IoT in action if you’ve ever used an Alexa or Echo Dot home device. You’ve used IoT if you’ve ever sent a document to a wireless printer.

You may even wear IoT devices if you own FitBits, iWatches or other types of step counters. 

Surprised IoT is more familiar than you thought?

If you’ve read our previous posts about the risks of using unsecured Wi-Fi networks, you can see how IoT security is more relevant than ever. While IoT is an integral part of our everyday lives, many devices lack proper security standards. The unfortunate truth — while convenient, IoT is quickly becoming another way for criminals to access your personal information. Continue reading