Cyber Security

“Wormable” Microsoft flaw: What you need to do

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019

“Wormable” Microsoft flaw: What you need to do   Microsoft has announced a major security flaw in its Windows software that rivals the WannaCry worm that infected thousands of devices in 2017. Microsoft warns that this vulnerability is especially dangerous because it requires no user interaction. In other words, once one device is infected it can quickly spread to another vulnerable computer on its own. While there is no evidence that the flaw has been exploited at this time, Microsoft believes that it is “highly likely” that it will be. This new vulnerability is a part of the “remote...

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Personal Cyber Threat

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019

Personal Cyber Threat   IRS Scams   Tax season is here – Expect an uptick in tax phishing emails. 2018 saw a doubling of tax related scam incidents. Sometimes emails appear to come from tax preparers or the IRS itself.   The fraudulent emails often ask recipients for personal information. Or lead them to a website where they can input this data. Tax payers should be cautious when opening any email that asks for personal information.   When in doubt, delete the email and call the sender yourself to verify.   Credit Card Fraud   Credit card fraud continues to rise despite the rollout of chip...

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Freezing Your Credit is Now Free

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018

  It’s Free! It is now free to freeze your credit with all 3 credit bureaus- Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. AARP did a survey in Massachusetts, only 13% of those who had fraudulent charges on their credit card took action. Many feel overwhelmed with all the security breaches occurring at companies holding sensitive data. They feel it is inevitable they will have their identity stolen. Don’t Give In! Thieves won’t exert extra effort to hack your identity. They will go for the low-lying fruit- don’t let it be yours. – Freeze your credit. A credit freeze is the best way to stop hackers...

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Cyber Security Updates

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018

How much is your personal information worth? On the dark web, not much. Your Social Security number can be sold to a hacker for just $1. Your debit card number with bank information or credit card number will put a crook back just $5 each. Medical records tend to go for about $60 because they contain so much information. Creating accounts online could actually help protect your identity. Security expert and writer, Brian Krebs wrote about the strategy this month on his blog. Krebs explains that creating online accounts to manage your various accounts (banking, Social Security, your cable and...

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Cyber Security

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018

Cyber Security Placing a credit freeze with all 3 credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and Transunion) can prevent identity theft. Be aware it may not prevent all thefts, as thieves are learning new techniques.  Emerging threat: Your current credit freeze won’t stop this growing fraud Have you frozen your credit? There may be one more thing you need to do. The Identity Fraud Institute has received multiple reports of people having fraudulent cell phone accounts opened in their names even after freezing their credit at Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. How? The director of the...

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What to Do If Your Personal Data Is Stolen

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018

What to Do If Your Personal Data Is Stolen Follow these easy steps to protect your accounts online by Sid Kirchheimer, AARP Bulletin JAMES STEINBERG/THEISPOT.COM Say yes to added security when protecting your personal data. En español | Almost every transaction you make — be it using a credit card, getting a blood test, posting on Facebook or collecting a paycheck or retirement benefit — gets captured in cyberspace and stored in databases operated by corporations, health care providers, government agencies and other organizations. That data is a treasure trove for identity thieves....

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