Flash Player Malware Found on Equifax.com

What happened? 

Equifax can’t catch a break. The company’s most recent security event involved infectious malware placed on its main website, Equifax.com. 

The malware was initially discovered by a security analyst attempting to dispute information on his credit reports. According to news sources, he was redirected to a fake page titled “hxxp:centerbluray.info” where he was prompted to download an Adobe Flash player. 

In reality, the Flash player download was harmful malware designed to flood Internet Explorer browsers with unsolicited ads.  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

Small Business Security (Pt. 1): Employee Security Awareness

Employees & Small Business Security 

Let’s face it: without the proper employee security awareness and training put in place, your employees won’t be able to recognize and address the risks that are actively targeting your business. 

Between good password habits, data breaches and business email phishing scams, you have a lot to consider when it comes to your business security. Your employees’ security habits in the office (or lack thereof) can significantly impact your overall business security. 

Follow us through Part 1 of our Small Business Security series where we discuss three major security risks to your small business, and how your employees can make or break your business’ security.  Continue reading

Equifax Data Breach Exposes 143 Million

UPDATE 9/21/2017 

CNN Tech reports that a fake Equifax website went viral via Twitter yesterday. 

The worst part? Equifax fell for it. 

Equifax created a website for consumers affected by the company’s recent breach event called “equifaxsecurity2017.com” to offer a way for consumers to determine their impact, as well as general information about the breach. Additionally, the company has been using Twitter and other social media outlets to respond to breach-related questions and concerns. Continue reading