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Information Security and Identity Theft

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Aug 03, 2022
3 Steps to Outsmarting Malware
Malware – short for “malicious software” – is any program that runs on your system that is unauthorized by you or performs some unauthorized function. The person who created the malware may intend to cause you or your system harm, steal your private information, or hold your data for ransom. Frequently banking fraud is facilitated by malware, since malware is able to watch web traffic and read information stored on your system (including passwords!). And malware attacks are increasing once again in 2022, with an 11% increase in volume this year according to SonicWall.
Aug 03, 2022
Jun 28, 2022
Elder Financial Abuse: How to Identify and Protect Yourself and Others
Elder financial abuse is a type of fraud which involves the misappropriation of financial resources belonging to an elder, within the context of a relationship where there is an expectation of trust and care. In other words, elder financial abuse happens when elderly individuals are preyed upon for financial gain. These schemes can range from simple theft in the form of unauthorized check cashing, to legal document abuse such as fraudulent transfer of Power of Attorney, to more complex schemes such as extortion.
Jun 28, 2022
May 27, 2022
Don’t Forget to Plan
Some smart person once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” This catchy piece of wisdom applies to protecting your personal information as well, since the minor disasters that can impact your private data occur quite regularly. For instance, the hard drive in your computer may have an expected lifetime of 6 years, over which time it has a 1-2% chance of failing every year. Once you have owned it for a few years, your chance of a drive failure gets uncomfortably high.
May 27, 2022
Apr 26, 2022
Understand the Risks of Payment Fraud - Prevention and Protection

While high technology crimes make headlines, good old-fashioned checks are the largest vehicle for payment fraud according to Associates for Financial Professionals (AFP) Payment Fraud Survey (www.afponline.org).

Apr 26, 2022
Apr 06, 2022
Common Tax-Related Schemes
Tax day is right around the corner, on April 18! Review some common scams, recommendations, and best practices for filing taxes safely and avoiding potential fraud or identity theft!
Apr 06, 2022
Mar 14, 2022
Don’t be Fooled this April
Abe Lincoln is reported to have said that “you can fool all of the people some of the time…” and it’s true that every one of us has the potential to fall for a well-planned trick. We are not all-knowing, we get tired and distracted, and our ability to see what’s really going on suffers in these kinds of circumstances.
Mar 14, 2022
Feb 16, 2022
7 Steps to Improve Your Cyber Security
Cybersecurity is the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. It seems that everything relies on computers and the internet now—communication (e.g., email, smartphones, tablets), entertainment (e.g., interactive video games, social media, apps ), transportation (e.g., navigation systems), shopping (e.g., online shopping, credit cards), medicine (e.g., medical equipment, medical records), and the list goes on. How much of your daily life relies on technology? How much of your personal information is stored either on your own computer, smartphone, tablet or on someone else's system?
Feb 16, 2022
Jan 19, 2022
Tax Identity Theft Fraud
It’s that time of year again – tax returns are due on April 18th and “tax season” also means it’s “tax fraud season” for bad actors. Tax identity theft occurs when someone obtains your personal information, files a fraudulent tax return, and claims a refund on your behalf. Below are some warning signs that this scheme could be occurring, how to mitigate related risks, and next steps to take if you are victimized.
Jan 19, 2022
Dec 15, 2021
Identity Theft – Trends and Preventive Measures
As technology continues to evolve, fraudsters also innovate and expand their strategies to new avenues to steal identities and commit financial fraud. Today, fraudsters are easily able to cover their tracks by using tools which spoof phone numbers, disguise voices, or mask IP address locations. Combine all this with low prosecution rates for identity theft through law enforcement and it’s clear that identity theft is a problem that’s not going away anytime soon. Review the below information on the current identity theft landscape, and steps you can take to protect yourself.
Dec 15, 2021
Dec 03, 2021
Online Shopping Tips for the Holidays
It is the most wonderful time of the year! Now that the holiday season has arrived many are choosing to do their shopping online to take advantage of online selection and convenience. However, there are some things that you should keep in mind before you decide to push the “Check Out” button on your browser.
Dec 03, 2021
Nov 10, 2021
Four Red Flags For Fraud
November 14-20 is Fraud Awareness week – take a few minutes to review the below tips and tricks to identify signs that you’re dealing with a fraudster, as well as some general best practice guidelines.
Nov 10, 2021
Oct 04, 2021
Online Fraud Prevention 101
According to Forbes magazine, cybercrime costs the global economy $2.9M every minute. Fraudsters and scams unfortunately will always pose a risk to consumers and businesses. Consider the following tips and techniques to minimize your risk and susceptibility to financial loss or data compromise
Oct 04, 2021
Sep 29, 2021
Think Before You App!
One of the wonderful things about our mobile devices is the flexibility and convenience of apps that we can easily download onto our phone and tablets. Apps can do all kinds of useful things for us, but in order to be most useful, they may require access to personal information such as your contacts, calendar, phone logs, and location. But do these apps ask for too much access?
Sep 29, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
A Must-Have for Protecting Yourself Online
Movies are filled with depictions of computer hackers obtaining quick access to their target systems by guessing or cracking a password. In reality, it’s even easier: often the cyber attacker simply needs to send an email or text requesting a password. Anyone can fall for a trick like that if they are caught off-guard. This is known as “phishing,” and it is the number one way for today’s modern cyber security defenses to crumble.
Sep 28, 2021
Aug 23, 2021
Vacation Scams
Planning your next vacation? Be on the lookout for potential fraud! According to the FTC, consumers in the United States have lost nearly $75M in vacation-related scams since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Vacation and travel scams are the second most reported scam to the FTC, with over 40,000 fraud reports since the beginning of 2020. Here are a few of the most popular schemes related to travel that fraudsters employ, and some best practices to keep in mind when you plan your next trip!
Aug 23, 2021
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