Are You Likely to Fall For a Phishing Scam? Google Thinks So.

Think you can distinguish a fake email from the real deal? Sorry to disappoint, but Google’s recent study says otherwise. Google, in conjunction with the University of California, San Diego, found that sophisticated, manual phishing attempts allow hackers to successfully takeover a Gmail account a staggering 45 percent of the time.

While this statistic may be a bit mind-boggling, let’s take a few steps back to uncover what phishing is and how can you spot it. Continue reading

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

Phishing for Finances

With so many threats and distractions in the media, let’s not lose sight of phishing. It’s obvious the bad guys haven’t. And why should they? Phishing remains a very effective attack strategy for which there are few defenses. For example, many Target customers couldn’t tell the difference between legitimate and fraudulent emails offering free credit monitoring. In reality, these were phishing emails that followed the company’s recent security breach. Continue reading