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  • After The Breach – Watch for Warning Signs

      There is no ‘typical’ identity theft victim these days. Children, veterans, employee groups, church volunteers, retail shoppers, college students and retirees are just a few groups hackers have targeted in recent years.  The risks include monetary losses, mixed up medical records, job loss, faked government credentials and even a criminal record you never earned. […] Read more

  • Chip-and-PIN Cards Improve Credit Card Security

    New chip-and-PIN cards will prevent hackers from using counterfeit cards in stores but could boost online theft. Today, many credit cards are being updated with improved security measures. These cards feature a shiny gold or silver device visible on the front, resembling a mini circuit board. These chips are the latest weapons in a nationwide […] Read more

  • October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

      National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is observed each October since its inception in 2004 and is sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).  National Cyber Security Awareness Month encourages vigilance and protection by all computer users. We now live in […] Read more

  • How Hackers Operate

    Today, hacking has surpassed the illegal drug trade as the most common and lucrative crime in America. It’s the crime of the decade – one that shows no sign of slowing down. Hacking yields both higher profits and lower risks than the sale of illegal drugs. Many hackers conduct their scams from private homes with […] Read more

  • Two-Factor Authorization (2FA) Could Drastically Cut Identity Theft and Financial Losses

    In this hack-a-day world, passwords are still the top target for data thieves. Want to reduce your own risk of attack? A tool called two-factor authorization, or 2FA, offers a way to create a second roadblock between your data and that identity thief.  More and more companies are taking the steps to implement this security […] Read more

  • Hackers Getting Less Money For Your Personal Data

    The price of your stolen personal data won’t earn hackers as much as it has in the past, but your damages will still be expensive. There’s apparently too much personal data for sale on the Dark Net — that hard-to-reach corner of the Internet where hackers sell and trade stolen information. According to a new […] Read more

  • Hilton, Trump Hotels Investigating Data Breaches

    Hilton Hotels and Trump International in Las Vegas are investigating the possible theft of credit card numbers from guests. Travelers who checked into popular hotels around the country this past year could be faced with the possible theft and misuse of their credit card data. Hilton Hotels, which includes Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hampden Inn and […] Read more

  • Back To School Season Increases Data Breach Potential

    Will your student be impacted by a data breach this year? The odds are growing in the wake of targeted hack attacks on schools and universities. Another school year, another data breach. It seems inevitable that the first weeks of school bring a fresh round of news involving breaches of sensitive student data. It’s no […] Read more

  • Electronic Medical Records: A New Source for Identity Theft

    One of the worst data breaches of the year involved compromised electronic medical records for hospitals and health clinics in the Midwest. In recent weeks, Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) notified customers and their patients that the firm had experienced a sizeable data breach. In all, 3.9 million individuals have learned that their health files have […] Read more

  • Will 2015 Set The Record For Breach Victims?

    When the Target data breach hit during the holiday shopping rush in December, 2013, security experts and other observers declared 2013 the worst year for breaches ever. Neiman Marcus, eBay, and Michaels Stores were hit the following year. Again, the predictors of doom called 2014 the worst year ever. However, 2015 has already toppled past […] Read more