Top 5 Ways We Expose Our Information to Identity Theft

EZShield's Top 5 Ways We Invite Identity Theft Into Our Lives

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Are you opening the door to identity theft?

Admit it, you cut corners. We all do. In the name of convenience, we sometimes overlook security. Just look at how we handle our personal information. We know we shouldn’t post our Social Security number publicly.  We also know it’s important to keep our credit card numbers, PINs and passwords private. Yet over 12 million consumers suffered identity fraud in 2014.1  Applying our knowledge of handling information safely is apparently another matter. Continue reading

Top 5 “Pick-Up” Lines of Scammers

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Activity Report HeaderAlbert Einstein once said, “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

Who: The Email Pick-Up Artist

The email scammer is a cybercriminal who creatively uses email to exploit predictable reactions for nefarious reasons. Using plenty of imagination and research to hone their phishing skills, they practice their craft and polish their end product to make it difficult to distinguish their emails from legitimate communications. Their work pays off when you click. That puts the pressure on you, the email recipient, to decipher a scam. The subject is their “pick-up line.” If you don’t determine the con at that level and open the email, your computer may already be infected. Continue reading

Hype or Help? How Do YOU View Data Breach News?

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Activity Report HeaderAs news of data breaches abounds, and the number of victims grows, related news stories are overwhelming. Look no further than the recent Target and Neiman Marcus breaches, which continue to inundate consumers with troubling updates. Media reports focus on everything from breach repercussions to how you should handle the scams that follow. Does all of this news have your head spinning so fast that you just shut down? Instead of allowing the media to shape your opinion and cause you to ignore the news, it’s a good idea to take a few steps back and look at the facts.  Let’s consider Target’s breach. As of today, hackers accessed 40 million individual credit and debit card numbers. Additionally, 70 million customer names and emails files were exposed. The latest concern surrounding the 70 million consumers alerts people to be aware of SPAM email that looks like an official Target email. Should you be concerned about this news?  Absolutely! Just remember: Spam email that is delivered as a result of the Target breach is no different than any other spam email.  All emails should be treated with the same precautions: Continue reading