New Year’s Resolution: Protect Your Family’s Digital Footprint

Children Using Devices

*Originally posted January 14, 2019. Updated January 12, 2020.*

Fostering a Familial Digital Resilience

Our constant internet usage empowers cybercriminals to formulate countless methods for hijacking our personal information and then use it to commit identity theft and fraud. And, although different generations within a household may have different priorities online, all generations within the family are vulnerable.

The start of a New Year is a great time to emphasize the importance of safe online behavior for all those you care for and care about. Let’s review some safe practices that provide increased protection for keeping personal information secure. Continue reading

Landry’s Suffers Malware Attack, Payment Data Exposed

What Happened?

On January 2, 2020, dining and entertainment conglomerate, Landry’s, announced a point-of-sale malware attack that targeted customers’ payment card data – the company’s second data breach since 2015. Landry’s owns over 600 popular American restaurants across the U.S., including Del Frisco’s Grill, Joe’s Crab Shack, Bubba Gump, Rainforest Café and more; 63 of Landry’s restaurant brands were impacted by the malware. The number of customers affected by the breach has not been disclosed, but the malicious code is expected to have picked up payment details from credit and debit cards swiped on Landry’s order entry systems occurring between March 13 and October 17, 2019. The hacked Personally Identifiable Information (PII) included credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, verification codes and cardholder names. Continue reading

Facebook Exposes 267 Million User Credentials, Wawa Payment Systems Breached

What Happened?

On December 19, 2019, Facebook came under fire once again, when over 267 million records belonging to the social site were found on an unsecured webpage. This is at least the third time in 2019 that Facebook has been in the news for leaving its users’ data unprotected. The exposed database disclosed names, Facebook IDs, and phone numbers of Facebook users, and was available to cybercriminals for two weeks or more. 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