Risk of Identity Theft is a Costly Proposition for SMBs

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*Originally posted June 18, 2019. Updated June 22, 2020.*

Much like individuals, businesses can be victims of identity theft. However, unlike personal identity theft, it is often unclear how a Small and Medium-Sized Business (SMB) can recover from the financial and reputational impact. Business identity theft occurs when criminals impersonate a company to target its funds, file fraudulent tax returns, take out loans, or apply for lines of credit — all for financial gain. Continue reading

December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month

Did you know that December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month? The hustle and bustle of the holidays often means we’re all a bit more preoccupied both on and off the clock — creating an opportunity for fraudsters to take advantage of that distraction. December is often a time when data breaches increase and sensitive data gets leaked, making this month a great time to review tips and resources to help build strong habits that protect your personal information and safeguard yourself, your family, and your organization from identity fraud year-round. Continue reading

Mobile App Privacy Policies: Your Data Privacy at Stake

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Throughout the Summer of 2019, our social feeds got a facelift as friends and celebrities posted aged pictures or selfies of themselves. FaceApp, a free photo editing app, uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to apply several quirky filters to the photos you upload from your mobile device’s camera roll. It quickly went viral, becoming one of the most downloaded apps for both IOS and Android, with over 150 million downloads. Continue reading

Social Security Scams on the Rise

You may think that Social Security number (SSN) phone scams are a thing of the past, and that fraudsters have moved on to more creative ways to con individuals out of their money or steal their personal information. In fact, some scams remain more common than others because they continuously return results, and the phone call remains one of the favorite vehicles for identity thieves. It’s an inexpensive way for criminals to reach out and snag someone unaware, getting them to hand over their Personally Identifiable Information (PII) without realizing who is actually on the other end of the line. Continue reading