Anti-Malware Protection: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

The Need for Anti-Malware Protection 

The holiday season is an exciting time for both consumers and fraudsters. The hustle and bustle gives criminals ample opportunity for cyberattack, phishing and malware infections. 

It’s especially important that you’re prepared for the influx of phishing schemes and cyberattacks that you can expect this holiday season. No matter what time of year, we strongly recommend that you protect your computer and other devices with anti-malware or anti-virus software. In fact, security experts detected 172 million malware attacks just in Q2 of 2016 alone. 

Many of you may be wondering: “Who cares? Who needs anti-malware software?” This guide will walk you through the need for anti-malware protection during the holidays and year-round. Plus, see which free anti-malware programs are recommended to protect your devices without breaking your budget.   Continue reading

Secure Your Identity This Holiday Season 2017

Identity Thieves LOVE the Holidays 

The holiday season is an exciting time for consumers, and even more exciting for identity thieves. Criminals know that good cybersecurity practices are often put on the back burner when consumers are shopping for the perfect holiday gift. 

Fraudsters rely on you to “click before you think” when browsing the hoard of online discounts and holiday sales. Without the proper preventative measures put in place, the holidays can leave you extremely vulnerable to various identity crime tactics and scams.   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

Stay Smart About Fake Smartphone Apps

Fraudsters go mobile 

Our smartphones send, receive and store tons of sensitive information about us. This includes the information-rich apps we have on our devices. 

With over 6 million apps to choose from across Apple, BlackBerry, Amazon, Android and Windows, a smartphone can virtually perform any function and can hold as much (or more) data as a full-sized computer. 

Of course, criminals will do what it takes to get that data. 

Fraudsters are taking advantage of the fact that many have shifted to mobile services, specifically mobile banking. If you’re like 77 percent of the U.S., you probably own a smartphone and use a number of apps available for your device.

Let’s explore why criminals are turning to fake smartphone apps, how they can exploit those apps to commit identity crimes, and ways to help you safeguard your personal information from these identity crime schemes.

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