Did you know…In 2015, there were 1,966,324 registered notifications about attempted malware infections that aimed to steal money via online access to bank accounts. In 2013 there were over 3 there were at least 72,758 phishing attacks worldwide!
We are all guilty of picking convenience over doing the extra work to make sure our information is protected at some point or another. But are you committing some of the biggest sins that will put you at risk for identity theft? Find out how to protect yourself from identity theft by fixing these mistakes!
Topics: identity theft
It's the time of year for resolutions! We think everyone's New Year's Resolution should be to protect their data in 2016 (and beyond). What's the best way to get started? Change the way you think about your data: treat your PII like it's gold! Only give away this information when you absolutely have to online or anywhere else. Think before you hand it over: "Is this really needed?" This applies online, in person or over the phone. See below for more detailed tips on how to keep your resolution!
Topics: identity theft
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued an alert to consumers and merchants about the security risks involved with EMV Cards. An EMV card is a credit or debit card with a microchip that helps protect cardholder data. The EMV card has a PIN that is used when a purchase is being made, allowing the merchant to verify the cardholder through an EMV terminal. However, the FBI stated that "no one technology eliminates fraud, cybercriminals will continue to look for opportunities to steal payment information".
Artist crowdfunding service Patreon has become the latest victim of a data breach. The breach has lead to theft and leaking of user data online. Patreon CEO and co-founder Jack Conte said a database containing user information had been compromised, leading to unauthorized access to data including registered names, email addresses, posts, and some shipping addresses in addition to a number of billing addresses stored prior to 2014. The breach occurred on September 28 by way of a debug version of the Patreon website which was publicly available.
UCLA Health recently announced that it was hit by a cyber-attack that may have put some personal information at risk. The damage was extensive: 4.5 million people’s PII has been exposed including names, addresses, birthdates, social security numbers, medical record numbers, Medicare or health plan ID numbers and personal medical information.
We all have tablets, laptops and smart phones that we use on a daily basis for both work and personal use. These tech toys have become a mainstay for entertainment and communication, providing us with access to virtually every corner of the world. With each device that we have, we download and use (and sometimes just forget to use) applications to make our lives easier.
Did you know that the 80% of corporate security incidents can be attributed to BAD PASSWORDS?!? Identity thieves and hackers are all out for your personal information and the best way to safeguard it is with a good password. Our 10 Password Commandments will tell you everything you should be doing to get the most out of your passwords! How many of these cardinal rules are you guilty of breaking? See our infographic below to find out!