2016

August 31, 2016
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Falling victim to identity theft can be an unsettling experience. Many people don’t know where to begin to restore their good name and credit, what to do or who to call.

With more than 13 million identity theft victims a year, there’s a good chance this crime could impact customers. Be sure to let them know there are five important steps to take when identity theft strikes:

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August 29, 2016
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Identity theft is one of the hardest-hitting crimes that consumers face, largely because it’s easy to pull off. Whether through old-fashioned means like dumpster-diving or stealing your driver’s license, or through more sophisticated cyber crimes like hacking into a university network, thieves can make off with your entire identity before you even know your information was compromised.

There are a lot of steps that college...

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August 29, 2016
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There are lots of good reasons to follow companies on social media — to gain insight into the brand’s priorities, learn about deals, seek inspiration, get behind-the-scenes looks, berate them for bad customer service, and so on. But who you follow on social media isn’t always private, and there are people out there who will use who you follow to try and steal your money.

A new report from ZeroFOX, a security technology company...

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August 27, 2016
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By Kristy Welsh

In this day of ubiquitous digital information, it seems like it’s easier than ever to have your identity stolen. The Federal Trade Commission reportedly received 490,000 identity theft complaints in 2015, up from 341,898 complaints the previous year. In order to help keep your identity safe, it’s important to stay vigilant with your personal information.

Here are some things you can start...

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August 26, 2016
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This might be the most sophisticated job scam I’ve ever seen. Thanks to a near-victim, you’ll get a rare chance to see a real pro almost pull off a nearly perfect digital caper.

You do things when you are job hunting that you wouldn’t normally do. You meet strangers. You share a lot of personal information with the world, on resumes and through job sites. You’re vulnerable. And most critically: You generally need money. It’s a...

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August 25, 2016
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For adults, home is a refuge, but for children it is a never-ending treasure hunt. While you’re out — you know, paying for the place — it’s a safe bet your kids are getting into your stuff, and when it comes to things digital, that can be a serious problem.

As a seasoned parent, you’ve had that shock a thousand times, looking up from your phone, tablet or computer to the sight of a child holding something you thought was hidden...

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August 24, 2016
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After years of extorting individual consumers on a global scale, ransomware  purveyors have turned their attention to much bigger fish: businesses.

For years, now, ransomware extortionists have profited handsomely from locking up the computer screens of millions of consumers with scams to sell bogus $79 antivirus cleanup services.

Now fresh intelligence from consultancy Deloitte, networking...

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August 23, 2016
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By Travis Smith

Ransomware is becoming one of the most profitable areas of cyber crime.

In the past, cyber criminals would steal data, and then re-sell it. With ransomware, they block access to an individual or organization’s data by encrypting it, then selling the data’s owner a decryption key to regain access.

And with the rise of hard-to-trace currency,...

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August 21, 2016
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A company’s customer information is an asset, although it’s probably not a line item on its balance sheet. It may be sold during the sale of the business, during a merger, or in a bankruptcy proceeding. However, its sale may be limited by the company’s website privacy notice.

A website privacy notice announces to the world how your organization will collect, receive and use information provided by customers. It also may...

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August 19, 2016
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Sometimes a glitch is more than a glitch. Sometimes, that glitch grinds much of the country to a halt. And it gets the company involved hauled in front of Congress to explain itself.

Recent airline techno-disasters at Delta and Southwest—and United last year—have made one thing clear: Systems designed to keep America moving in the air are far too fragile. Are they just too old?

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