Protecting Your Identity One Year After Equifax

Can you believe it’s been a year since the Equifax data breach

Many of us remember feeling the direct impact of the Equifax mega breach on Sept. 7, 2017. With the final tally of affected consumers nearing 148 million U.S. adults, the first word that comes to mind is “massive.” 

The Equifax data breach was far-reaching in the quality and quantity of highly-sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) exposed. And, the  overall impact hit both consumers and small businesses. Even though we’ve identified what happened, and the key mistakes that were made, it doesn’t change the fact that our data is still out there. We’re all still forever vulnerable.   Continue reading

Fraudsters Bring Back Old Scams With New Tricks

New Channels, Old Scams 

In an age where the latest technology is available to the everyday consumer, it may be hard to believe people still fall for classic scamming methods. However, fraudsters that utilize scare tactics continue to be highly effective – especially in phone, mail and online scams. 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found millennials to be more at risk for online scams than seniors. At first glance, this may sound surprising given that younger generations often are more digitally aware. 

But with the increasing number of people using connected technology and Internet-enabled devices, it also means that more information about you is now available to the public – consumers, businesses and fraudsters alike.   Continue reading

Cybersecurity & Business – Not Just an IT Problem

Cybersecurity Needs for Businesses 

Connected technology, Internet-enabled (IoT) devices and other digital services each come with their own security risks. But when used in concert with businesses and their data, these technologies can present more substantial cybersecurity risks than those used for personal use.

Vendors, suppliers, partners and other third-parties associated with your business can also increase your risk for a data breach. Consequently, businesses have spent millions on cybersecurity solutions to combat the risks of the multitude of online, data-driven business services.

Businesses must prepare for the added cybersecurity risks that come with connected technology. But aside from new tech, businesses must also be willing to emphasize cybersecurity awareness and education along with their stringent security protocols.
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