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Information Security and Identity Theft

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Apr 03, 2020
COVID-19 Phishing Scams
According to recently published research from Barracuda Networks, phishing schemes related to the coronavirus have increased by 667% from February to March.
Apr 03, 2020
Feb 21, 2020
Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft
Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen personal information, including your Social Security Number, to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must file a paper return.
Feb 21, 2020
Jan 27, 2020
Data Privacy Day – Consumer Resources
Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to your comfort level for information sharing. Each device, application or browser you use will have different features to limit how and with whom you share information. It’s OK to ask others for help.
Jan 27, 2020
Jan 08, 2020
IRS Annual List of Tax Scams
The IRS recently issued its annual list of tax scams. The list highlights various scams that taxpayers may encounter, many of which occur during tax filing season. Here are some of the scams that are highlighted on the list.
Jan 08, 2020
Dec 09, 2019
Avoid Holiday Shopping Scams
‘Tis the season for holiday gifting, and many shoppers will go online this time of year to find the best deals on popular items. But the sellers you buy from may not be what they seem.
Dec 09, 2019
Oct 30, 2019
How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft
Massive computer hacks and data breaches are now common occurrences — an unfortunate consequence of living in a digital world. Once identity thieves have your information, they can use it to gain access to your bank and credit card accounts, make unauthorized transactions in your name, and subsequently ruin your credit.
Oct 30, 2019
Oct 29, 2019
Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Threats
Risk management is a key component in any successful business plan. In today’s world — where data breaches are common occurrences — it’s especially important for business owners to understand the digital risks they face. Are you doing all you can to mitigate the risk of a cyberattack?
Oct 29, 2019
Aug 14, 2019
Passphrases
Passwords are something you use almost every day, from accessing your email or banking online to purchasing goods or accessing your smartphone. However, passwords are also one of your weakest points; if someone learns or guesses your password they can access your accounts as you, allowing them to transfer your money, read your emails, or steal your identity. That is why strong passwords are essential to protecting yourself. However, passwords have typically been confusing, hard to remember, and difficult to type. In this newsletter, you will learn how to create strong passwords, called passphrases, that are easy for you to remember and simple to type.
Aug 14, 2019
Jun 25, 2019
Cybersecurity While Traveling
Cybersecurity should not be limited to the home, office, or classroom. It is important to practice safe online behavior and secure our Internet-enabled mobile devices whenever we travel, as well. The more we travel and access the Internet on the go, the more cyber risks we face. No one is exempt from the threat of cyber crime, at home or on the go, but you can follow these simple tips to stay safe online when traveling.
Jun 25, 2019
Mar 06, 2019
Tax Season Fraud
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and fraudsters will exploit it There are a multitude of ways you can be lured into scams this tax season. Avoid becoming a victim of tax fraud with these tips  
Mar 06, 2019
Dec 11, 2018
Tis the Season to Avoid Those Holiday Scams!

The fraud at brick and mortar stores has decreased with the adoption of the chip card readers at retailers nationwide. This has caused scammers to look elsewhere to trick their victims and their efforts have shifted to online fraud.  Many

Dec 11, 2018
Oct 17, 2018
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

What is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)?  NCSAM is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more

Oct 17, 2018
Jul 19, 2018
2017 Internet Crime Report Released

 “Hoaxes attempt to trick or defraud users. A hoax could be malicious, instructing users to delete a file necessary to the operating system by claiming it is a virus. It could also be a scam that convinces users to send

Jul 19, 2018
Feb 26, 2018
Tax Fraud and ID Theft

Have you filed your tax returns yet? What happens if more than one tax return was filed for you? Do you owe additional tax? These are just a couple of warning signs that could indicate you have been a victim

Feb 26, 2018
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