31 07, 2020

How to Avoid Coronavirus Contact Tracer Scams

By |2020-07-31T16:24:30+00:00July 31st, 2020|

Across the country, states have implemented contact tracing programs to help track the spread of the coronavirus. Contact tracing is the process of finding individuals who have come in contact with a person who has COVID-19, learning about their movements and asking them to quarantine or monitor their symptoms. Contact tracers are hired by their [...]

22 07, 2020

Can Losing Your Job During the Coronavirus Pandemic Affect Your Credit Score?

By |2020-07-22T23:25:53+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the unemployment rate to surge. As those facing unemployment worry about their loss of income, finding a new job and even unemployment scams, they also may have concerns on how unemployment affects their credit. Luckily, your current employment status does not appear on your credit report or directly affect your [...]

9 07, 2020

Cybercriminals Targeting Healthcare Industry Along with Coronavirus-Related Scams

By |2020-07-09T20:33:43+00:00July 9th, 2020|

As headlines focus on coronavirus-related scams, the related healthcare industry also continues to be a top target for cybercriminals. This year alone more than 3 million patient records have been exposed. Here are the top-five healthcare data breaches so far this year. 1. Health Share of Oregon More than 654,000 patients had their records breached [...]

29 06, 2020

Tips on Bringing in Additional Income During COVID-19

By |2020-06-29T23:44:13+00:00June 29th, 2020|

There’s no surprise that COVID-19 has impacted people and businesses in all kinds of negative ways within the past couple of months. Unemployment rates have risen quickly, and many businesses have had to close due to inactivity. To help those looking for additional income, here is a list of survey-taking jobs that are easy to [...]

22 06, 2020

What to Do with Credit Card Travel Rewards During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By |2020-06-22T22:16:26+00:00June 22nd, 2020|

The coronavirus pandemic has canceled travel plans across the globe, and it’s likely to disrupt normal travel for some time. For the time being, there’s a good chance your vacation plans are canceled, and you’ll be stuck at home instead. If you have a travel rewards credit card, you may be wondering how to get [...]

15 06, 2020

Mortgage Lenders Tighten Borrowing Requirements in Response to Coronavirus

By |2020-06-15T20:19:50+00:00June 15th, 2020|

The coronavirus continues to upset the economy, and the housing market is no exception. As of last month, around 4 million homeowners have already requested mortgage forbearance with their lenders through the CARES Act forbearance program. Mortgage lenders are responding to the economic uncertainty by tightening credit requirements and making borrowers jump through more hoops [...]

4 06, 2020

Bank of America Discloses Payroll Protection Program Data Breach

By |2020-06-04T18:00:11+00:00June 4th, 2020|

Business clients applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans with Bank of America may have had their personal and business information exposed in a data breach, according to a letter the bank sent to affected customers. The data breach occurred on April 22 as Bank of America uploaded customers’ PPP loan applications to the Small [...]

28 05, 2020

Finding an Easy-to-Use Budget and Bill Tracker App Can Help Save Money

By |2020-05-28T16:13:15+00:00May 28th, 2020|

The coronavirus pandemic has left us with many unknowns, including concerns over our personal financial future. In fact, if COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to budget for an emergency savings fund to plan for the unexpected. One way to make sure your financial future, including an emergency savings fund, is on [...]

26 05, 2020

How to Avoid Unemployment Benefits Scams During Coronavirus Pandemic

By |2020-05-26T19:18:37+00:00May 26th, 2020|

The coronavirus pandemic has created astonishing unemployment numbers, with nearly 39 million Americans applying for unemployment benefits since mid-March. States have struggled to keep up with the demand for unemployment benefits, resulting in glitches and long wait times to process applications and receive benefits. This dramatic increase in activity has provided scammers an opportunity to [...]

20 05, 2020

Glitch Causes Data Breach for New Illinois COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment System

By |2020-05-20T20:13:38+00:00May 20th, 2020|

Illinois residents filing for coronavirus-related unemployment using the state’s new online system might have had their personal information exposed. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, D,  announced the Illinois Department of Employment Security experienced a system “glitch” after launching this week. The system, a new online portal, has been set up for contractors and self-employed residents filing for [...]

17 05, 2020

FBI and Cybersecurity Agency Issue Warning China is Hacking Organizations and Companies Working on COVID-19 Research

By |2020-05-17T23:52:55+00:00May 17th, 2020|

The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued a warning that China is attempting to hack the networks of U.S. organizations, pharmaceutical companies and health care professionals working on coronavirus research and vaccines. The federal agencies called research institutions, companies and others working on the COVID-19 response “prime targets” for Chinese cyberattacks. Federal [...]

14 05, 2020

How Early Detection Can Minimize the Damage Done by Identity Theft, Especially During COVID-19

By |2020-06-15T18:10:02+00:00May 14th, 2020|

Protecting your identity is an essential aspect of maintaining healthy credit and financial security. This is especially true in the age of COVID-19 scams, data breaches, cybersecurity threats and identity theft, when becoming a victim of fraud can do lasting damage to your credit and finances. The longer that identity theft continues unnoticed, the greater [...]

8 05, 2020

Zoom Acquires Startup with Encryption Expertise as it Aims to Increase Security During COVID-19 Pandemic

By |2020-05-08T20:32:54+00:00May 8th, 2020|

Zoom has acquired Keybase, a social networking service startup with encryption expertise, as part of the videoconferencing service’s plan to increase security during the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan recently announced the acquisition, calling it “another milestone in Zoom’s 90-day plan to further strengthen the security of our video communications platform.” Zoom did not [...]

4 05, 2020

Coronavirus Researchers Targeted in Cyberattacks

By |2020-05-04T20:11:16+00:00May 4th, 2020|

Cybercriminals are targeting research labs working on COVID-19 treatments and vaccines. Three research firms have recently experienced data breaches, including the Wuhan lab at the epicenter of the pandemic. Hackers attacked the Wuhan Institute of Virology to gain access to employee email credentials. The credentials have been leaked online. The Wuhan Institute of Virology attack [...]

2 05, 2020

Beware of Scammers Using Coronavirus Website Domain Names

By |2020-05-02T17:41:52+00:00May 2nd, 2020|

Scammers have been registering coronavirus-related domain website names daily in order to commit fraud, according to new reports. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, cybercriminals have been registering malicious sites with names that include “coronavirus” and “COVID-19”. They also are using combinations of the pandemic names and the word “vaccine”. Reports are showing malicious [...]

28 04, 2020

Missing Your Stimulus Check? Another Option Might Help

By |2020-05-01T20:55:18+00:00April 28th, 2020|

Many Americans are depending on stimulus check payments to help them through unemployment, decreased hours and other financial hardships during the coronavirus pandemic. While the IRS has begun distributing stimulus check payments, there are still about 60 million people who are eligible for stimulus payments who have yet to receive their checks. What can you [...]

27 04, 2020

Small Business Association Data Breach Exposes Data of Nearly 8,000 Emergency Loan Applicants

By |2020-04-27T07:09:14+00:00April 27th, 2020|

A data breach in the Small Business Association (SBA) loan application portal may have exposed the personal information of thousands of businesses last month as they submitted emergency loan applications during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials recently announced. The SBA has seen a large influx of applications from struggling businesses seeking emergency loans due to the [...]

21 04, 2020

Hackers Preying on Pandemic: 5 Common Sense Tools to Protect Yourself

By |2020-04-27T06:13:21+00:00April 21st, 2020|

With hackers and scammers going to unprecedented lengths to steal information during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to know about tools you can use to help make it more difficult for criminals to access your information. While data security and identity theft are complicated issues, taking steps to reduce your exposure doesn’t have to be. [...]

17 04, 2020

FTC Reports $9 Million in Losses from Coronavirus Scams

By |2020-04-17T22:48:23+00:00April 17th, 2020|

From fake coronavirus vaccines to scammers targeting stimulus checks and small businesses seeking financial assistance, fraud involving COVID-19 fears is rampant. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported from January to April 15 it has received more than 18,000 complaints regarding coronavirus-related scams with about $9 million in losses. The complaints include sellers claiming to have [...]

14 04, 2020

Scammers Targeting Small Businesses Seeking Financial Assistance During Coronavirus Pandemic

By |2020-04-17T22:49:22+00:00April 14th, 2020|

Scammers are preying on small business owners looking for financial assistance to help survive the shutdowns during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Office of Inspector General has reported an increase in grant and loan frauds and phishing email scams falsely claiming to be a part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) economic stimulus programs. [...]

10 04, 2020

4 Tips for a Smarter Emergency Savings Fund

By |2020-04-10T16:56:15+00:00April 10th, 2020|

As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, having an emergency savings fund is important for handling unexpected expenses. From job loss to reduced income to other unplanned issues, it is important to save up a few months’ worth of expenses to weather financial storms. Building a strong emergency savings fund takes more than slipping a [...]

7 04, 2020

What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Paycheck Protection Program

By |2020-04-07T18:28:58+00:00April 7th, 2020|

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched the Paycheck Protection Program – part of the $349 billion COVID-19 economic stimulus package – to provide up to 100% forgivable loans to eligible businesses so they can keep workers on the payroll. Here’s helpful information for small businesses on the Paycheck Protection Program. 1. What are the [...]

6 04, 2020

How to Avoid Missing Bill Payments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By |2020-04-06T09:33:33+00:00April 6th, 2020|

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused enormous financial insecurity across the country, with more than 10 million Americans applying for unemployment last month alone. If you’ve been financially affected, you’re probably worried about how you’re going to pay your bills. Timely bill payments aren’t just important to maintain your housing, services and other essentials. You [...]

2 04, 2020

Watch for Scammers Trying to Cash in on Your Coronavirus Stimulus Check

By |2020-04-03T18:00:37+00:00April 2nd, 2020|

The federal government has approved stimulus checks as the country deals with the devastating fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, these relief checks are giving scammers another avenue to try to steal your money and your personal information. For the stimulus package, relief checks for $1,200 are being sent to tax filers with an income [...]

31 03, 2020

Working From Home? Make Sure Your Data is Secure

By |2020-06-28T17:25:56+00:00March 31st, 2020|

As many of us are working from home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, now is the time to be especially vigilant when it comes to protecting personal and business data online. Here are three tips to help secure your data. 1. Use a virtual private network (VPN). Securing employee access with a VPN can give [...]

26 03, 2020

How to Receive Financial Assistance and Relief During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

By |2020-03-26T20:43:14+00:00March 26th, 2020|

The coronavirus pandemic has already dealt a severe blow to the American economy and has caused financial insecurity for countless citizens. The situation seems poised to get worse before it gets better. If you’re experiencing financial hardship – such as a job loss or reduced income – because of COVID-19-related circumstances, there are local, state [...]

23 03, 2020

Carnival Corp. Cruise Lines Doubly Hit by Data Breach and Coronavirus

By |2020-05-19T20:24:07+00:00March 23rd, 2020|

Cruise lines Princess Cruises and Holland America Line recently revealed they suffered a data breach, another hit to the cruise line industry that has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Officials for the cruise lines, both owned by parent company Carnival Corp., said in May 2019 they identified suspicious activity on their servers and launched an [...]

20 03, 2020

4 Tips on How to Avoid Coronavirus Scams

By |2020-03-20T23:08:06+00:00March 20th, 2020|

As the COVID-19 pandemic has many people quarantined in their homes and worried about stretching their finances during this difficult time, some scammers are using coronavirus fears to take advantage of others. Here are 4 helpful tips on spotting scams capitalizing on the coronavirus, so you can avoid becoming a scam victim. 1. Be on [...]

18 03, 2020

How to Stretch Your Finances During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By |2020-03-20T23:08:50+00:00March 18th, 2020|

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has already caused major disruption in the United States. The economy is suffering, businesses are reducing services or closing their doors and Americans are hunkering down to avoid spreading a global pandemic. The turmoil can put an enormous strain on the finances of millions of people. Many Americans may experience job loss, [...]

17 03, 2020

Cyberattack Aimed at U.S. Health Agency Suspected of Trying to Slow Coronavirus Response

By |2020-03-20T23:09:36+00:00March 17th, 2020|

Federal officials say the goal of a recent cyberattack on the U.S. Health and Human Services Department was to spread disinformation and disrupt the agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The cyberattack aimed to overload the agency’s servers by using automated users, or bots, to create millions of hits over a short period of time [...]

18 02, 2020

Hackers Using Coronavirus Fears to Spread Malware

By |2020-03-20T23:48:03+00:00February 18th, 2020|

Hackers are launching email and web-based cyberattacks using the growing fears of the coronavirus as clickbait. Security experts have discovered new malware campaigns that are offering the promise of everything from educational content on the coronavirus to conspiracy-theory cures that instead infect devices with the goal of causing damage or stealing data. The campaigns are [...]