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New Mortgage Scam

March 21st, 2016

The American Dream, to own our slice of realty, is something most of us work toward. It can be exciting to have a place of your own to plant roots and start up a new life. After all the searching and the negotiating, you’re finally ready to sign the contract… and then find out your […]

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Be on the Alert for Tax Refund Fraud & Scare Tactics

March 2nd, 2016

Tax season is here — and for some people, so is an experience with tax identity theft or IRS impostors. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said it received 109,063 complaints last year about tax-identity theft. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. You […]

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Social Engineering: Pretexting

February 12th, 2016

Social engineering is a hacker’s clever manipulation of the natural human tendency to trust, with the goal of obtaining information that will allow him/her to gain unauthorized access to a valued system and the information that resides on that system. Pretexting is the act of using an invented scenario to persuade a targeted victim to […]

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Social Engineering: Impersonation

January 29th, 2016

No matter how secure a system is, there’s always a way to break in. While software companies are learning how to strengthen their programs, hackers and malicious social engineers are turning to the weakest part of the infrastructure – the people. Impersonation is when a person plays the role of someone you are likely to […]

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How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud

January 19th, 2016

Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Tax season is officially upon us. It’s time to gather your W-2s, crunch numbers and mail your annual income taxes to Uncle Sam. It’s also time to learn about the number one fraud of the season: identity theft tax refund fraud. Understanding how cyber criminals pull it off and what […]

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2015’s Consumer Risk Index

December 2nd, 2015

A survey conducted by Hart Research Associates, from June 24 to July 26, 2015, among 1,029 USA participants ages 18-69, for Travelers tallied 2015’s Consumer Risk Index. This annual survey, third year ongoing, includes findings of consumer’s awareness on finances, privacy, cyber threat, and physical risks. The top three consumer risks in 2015 were: Financial Concerns & […]

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Shop Safely Online!

November 27th, 2015

The Holiday Season is officially upon us, and with its magnificent splendor, the joyous music and glistening lights comes the shopping rush. In the midst of all the celebration we must keep in mind the holidays are also prime season for cyber thieves. As we have seen in the past with Target’s huge Data Breach […]

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How to effectively manage Technology Service Providers (TSPs), reduce cyber risk, and ensure compliance

November 17th, 2015

Data breaches continue to make headlines – it’s important to make sure that third-party vendors are not putting your business at risk.  By Brian Smith   Vendor risk is real. Two out of three companies rely on third parties. The value that third-party technology service providers (TSPs) bring can quickly be eroded by the associated cyber […]

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New Ransomware Takes Websites Captive

November 10th, 2015

Ransomware is a growing problem that is now affecting websites around the world. This newly-discovered ransomware variant called Linux.encoder attempts to infect Linux-based machines, specifically the folders associated with serving web pages. The malware requires administrator privileges to run and once it lands on a server, it encrypts any files, images, pages, scripts and source […]

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How safe is Online Banking?

November 6th, 2015

A Kaspersky Lab and B2B International IT Security Risks Survey conducted this year, in which over 5,000 companies from 26 different countries participated, states that our online banking transactions are not as secure as we thought. Over 30% of the participants admitted they don’t offer a secure channel in which customers can make online payments. […]

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