17 10, 2019

The Origins and History of the Dark Web

By |2019-10-17T19:57:52+00:00October 17th, 2019|

Accessing the Dark Web? You’ll need Tor For anyone to access the dark web, a special type of software and web browser is required. The most well-known and frequently-used software is the Tor browser, which stands for The Onion Router. Tor protects the anonymity of its users by using multiple layers of encryption. Keep in [...]

15 10, 2019

New Malware Zombie Attack Targets Windows Users

By |2019-10-15T19:13:07+00:00October 15th, 2019|

A new zombie attack is preying on Windows users in an attempt to take over their machines, according to researchers. Microsoft security researchers recently reported a new malware campaign, called Nodersok, that aims to disable Windows Updates and Windows Defender and turn the victimized device into a “zombie” proxy. The Nodersok infection begins with a [...]

4 10, 2019

Credit Freeze vs. Credit Lock: Differences Along with Pros & Cons

By |2019-10-04T18:11:35+00:00October 4th, 2019|

Credit Freeze vs. Credit Lock: What’s the Difference? Credit freezes and credit locks are often confused for one another since they protect consumers’ credit files from fraud in similar ways. They are, however, two different actions. As more people take preventative measures to protect their identity, it’s important to know how each of these actions [...]

2 10, 2019

Words with Friends Publisher Zynga Reports Data Breach

By |2019-10-02T19:18:40+00:00October 2nd, 2019|

Do you play Words with Friends? If so, your personal information might be at risk. Mobile game publisher Zynga has reported a data breach affecting more than 218 million Words with Friends players. Company officials said a hacker was able to access players’ names, email addresses, phone numbers, login IDs, Facebook IDs, and account IDs. [...]

30 09, 2019

What is Email Spoofing? Definition & Protection Tips

By |2019-09-30T19:43:31+00:00September 30th, 2019|

When people hear the term “spoof” they often think of a humorous parody of a song, movie, or real situation. It’s all about imitation — just like it is in the context of cybersecurity. But when it comes to cybersecurity, the imitation isn’t about humor or entertainment. In this context, spoofing refers to the malicious [...]

27 09, 2019

DoorDash Data Breach Compromises About 4.9 Million

By |2019-09-27T20:46:48+00:00September 27th, 2019|

The food delivery service DoorDash has announced a data breach affecting about 4.9 million consumers, merchants, and drivers. DoorDash officials said the data breach occurred when an unauthorized user was able to access information such as consumers’ names, order histories, phone numbers, and the last four digits of credit card numbers along with partial numbers [...]

26 09, 2019

White-Hat Hacker Finds Instagram Data Breach Put Personal Info at Risk

By |2019-09-26T18:16:47+00:00September 26th, 2019|

A white-hat ethical hacker recently found an Instagram vulnerability that might have exposed users’ personal information. Hacker @ZHacker13  found the vulnerability in Instagram’s login form and Sync Contacts feature. The hacker was able to put in phone numbers that the platform validated as linked to active accounts. New fraudulent accounts were set up using the [...]

24 09, 2019

Health Records of About 169 Million People Exposed in Data Breaches in Last Decade

By |2019-09-24T16:05:43+00:00September 24th, 2019|

During the last 10 years more than 169 million people in the United States have had their health records exposed, according to a new study. The study, published in the “Annals of Internal Medicine,” found that about 150 million people had their Social Security numbers, drivers’ license numbers, and dates of birth compromised through data [...]

23 09, 2019

The Deep Web vs. the Dark Web: What’s the Difference?

By |2019-09-25T19:07:54+00:00September 23rd, 2019|

As the dark web has become a more common topic of discussion, the term "deep web" is often used synonymously with dark web — but there is a significant difference between the two. Read on to learn about the difference between the deep web and the dark web: What is the deep web? Deep web [...]

18 09, 2019

Ecuadorian Company Head Arrested After Leaving Personal Records of Almost Entire Country’s Population Exposed

By |2019-09-18T20:29:26+00:00September 18th, 2019|

The head of an Ecuadorian data analytics firm has been arrested after leaving the personal and financial information of almost the entire country’s population unprotected online. William Roberto Garces, general manager of Novaestrat, was arrested as part of an investigation into allegations his company left a server with the personal records of about 20.8 million [...]

17 09, 2019

Watch Out for This Google Calendar Phishing Scam

By |2019-09-17T17:05:54+00:00September 17th, 2019|

Email and phone phishing scams are commonplace in the modern age. Their goal is to trick you into providing personal information, such as bank account numbers or personally identifying data, that can be used to commit fraud or identify theft. But thanks to spam filters and call screening, many phishing scams now go ignored. However, [...]

5 09, 2019

Google’s YouTube to Limit Data Collection and Ads Targeting Children After $170 Million in Fines

By |2019-09-05T20:18:51+00:00September 5th, 2019|

The global video-sharing site YouTube has agreed to pay $170 million in fines for violating children’s privacy laws. YouTube, owned by Google, will pay the U.S. Federal Trade and Commission $136 million along with $34 million to New York state for violating the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, by not receiving parental [...]

3 09, 2019

Report: More than Half of Social Media Login Attempts are Fraud

By |2019-09-03T22:11:23+00:00September 3rd, 2019|

Scammers make up more than half of login attempts on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, according to a new report. A new fraud and abuse report by Arkose Labs found that 53% of logins along with 25% of new account signups on social media are by scammers. Most of the fraudulent [...]

30 08, 2019

Instagram Accounts at Risk with New Phishing Scam Using False 2-Factor Authentication

By |2019-09-03T17:56:59+00:00August 30th, 2019|

A new phishing scam is using false two-factor authentication to take over Instagram accounts. The scam, recently discovered by researchers, starts with emails stating the recipients have had a login attempt into their Instagram accounts. The email states if the recipients did not attempt to log into their accounts they need to log in and [...]

30 08, 2019

Actress Bella Thorne turns to IdentityIQ services after recent hacking incident

By |2019-08-30T16:37:51+00:00August 30th, 2019|

Temecula, California, July 22, 2019 – Actress Bella Thorne now has IDIQ℠, the company behind the credit and identity theft monitoring IdentityIQ℠ brand, to protect her identity after a recent hacking incident exposed her personal information and photos. As an actress, director, rapper, and best-selling author, Thorne has amassed a social media following in the [...]

27 08, 2019

Five Charged in ‘Largest Criminal Case Ever’ of Identity Theft Targeting Military Members and Veterans

By |2019-09-19T17:59:37+00:00August 27th, 2019|

Five men have been charged with stealing millions of dollars from military members and veterans as part of an international identity theft and fraud ring that used stolen personal information to gain access to Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs benefit sites. The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Frederick Brown, Robert Wayne Boling Jr., [...]

26 08, 2019

My Information is for Sale on the Dark Web: What Should I Do?

By |2019-08-29T00:46:32+00:00August 26th, 2019|

The numerous recent data breaches have exposed the personal information of millions of people and put them at risk of having their information bought and sold on the dark web. The dark web is where cybercriminals go to anonymously buy and sell information – such as names, passwords, credit card numbers, and Social Security numbers [...]

21 08, 2019

Coordinated Ransomware Attacks Take 23 Government Agencies Offline in Texas

By |2019-09-06T20:12:47+00:00August 21st, 2019|

A coordinated cyberattack has taken at least 23 government agencies in Texas offline. Most of the agencies affected by the cyberattack were smaller local governments, according to the Texas Department of Information Resources. The cyberattack has been tracked to a single threat actor. Officials first became aware of the attack when they had trouble accessing [...]

16 08, 2019

Credit Karma ‘Technical Issue’ Exposes Account Information to Wrong Users

By |2019-08-23T16:44:42+00:00August 16th, 2019|

Officials of the credit monitoring site Credit Karma are blaming a “technical issue” for a data breach that exposed users’ credit and personal information to other site users. Users began posting to Reddit and Twitter this week to point out the issue, saying when they logged into the site they were given access to other [...]

14 08, 2019

Apple Offers $1 Million ‘Bug Bounty’ to Hackers to Find Security Flaws

By |2019-08-23T16:45:47+00:00August 14th, 2019|

Apple is offering a $1 million “bug bounty” to any hacker who can take over an Apple device without being supplied information from the device’s owner. Apple Security Chief Ivan Krstic announced the $1 million bounty during the Black Hat conference held in Las Vegas last week. The $1 million bounty is a significant increase [...]

13 08, 2019

The Dark Web is Booming: Is Your Info at Risk?

By |2019-08-23T21:38:50+00:00August 13th, 2019|

The dark web has been around for a long time, but it’s recently risen in pop culture — and for many people, it’s a relatively new concept. Increasingly frequent data breaches and cases of identity theft have put the dark web on our radars, but the subject remains strange and unclear to many people. As [...]

6 08, 2019

Capital One Hacker Might Also Have Breached Other Major Companies, a University, and a DOT

By |2019-08-23T16:46:01+00:00August 6th, 2019|

An ex-Amazon employee who hacked Capital One consumer data might also have breached information from Ford, British telecommunications provider Vodafone, and the IT company Infoblox along with Michigan State University and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Paige Thompson, a former Amazon Web Services employee, was recently arrested for hacking into Capital One’s customer information stored [...]

5 08, 2019

4 Realistic Anti-Fraud Changes You Can Make Now

By |2019-08-05T17:17:56+00:00August 5th, 2019|

Now is the time to protect yourself against account fraud and identity theft, which can do massive damage to your credit and finances. Luckily, you don’t have to be a finance guru or cybersecurity wizard to better protect your money and identity. Here are four realistic anti-fraud changes you can make immediately to protect yourself: [...]

1 08, 2019

Black Hat and DEF CON to Highlight Increase in Aircraft Hacking Risks

By |2019-08-23T16:46:15+00:00August 1st, 2019|

With the Black Hat and DEF CON conventions – the mecca for both information security professionals and hackers alike – taking place in Las Vegas this month, one major industry focus this year is aviation software vulnerabilities. Black Hat, which runs Aug. 3 – 8, features a presentation on the Boeing 787 software system and [...]

30 07, 2019

Ex-Amazon Employee Arrested for Hacking More Than 100 Million Capital One Customers’ Data

By |2019-08-23T16:46:29+00:00July 30th, 2019|

An ex-Amazon employee has been arrested for allegedly hacking the account information of more than 100 million Capital One customers. Paige Thompson, of Seattle, is accused of exposing customers’ personal information – including names, addresses, credit scores, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and Canadian Social Insurance numbers – and attempting to share the information [...]

26 07, 2019

Equifax to Pay Up to $700 Million for Data Breach

By |2019-08-23T16:46:46+00:00July 26th, 2019|

Equifax is expected to pay about $700 million for a data breach that put almost half the U.S. population’s personal information at risk. The credit-reporting firm is working to finalize an agreement that includes a $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, numerous state attorney general offices, and a class-action [...]

25 07, 2019

FTC Fines Facebook $5 Billion for Privacy Breach of Users’ Data

By |2019-08-23T16:34:46+00:00July 25th, 2019|

Social media giant Facebook has agreed to a $5 billion fine – the largest in Federal Trade Commission history – for violating users’ privacy. The record-breaking fine comes after the FTC began investigating the company last spring after political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to almost 87 million Facebook users’ data without their permission. [...]

17 07, 2019

British Airways and Marriott Receive Record-Breaking Fines for Data Breaches

By |2019-08-23T16:47:20+00:00July 17th, 2019|

British Airways and the hotel chain Marriott are facing record-breaking fines for failing to protect customers’ personal information in two separate data breaches. Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office this month issued a $230 million (£183.4 million) fine – the largest ever imposed by the ICO – against British Airways for a data breach last year that [...]

11 07, 2019

4 out of 5 Physicians Report Cyberattacks as Health Care Industry Leads in Data Breaches

By |2019-08-02T17:36:47+00:00July 11th, 2019|

Four out of five physicians have experienced some type of cyberattack as health care continues to be the No. 1 industry affected by data breaches, according to a new report by the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Councils. The report highlights the increasing and costly trend of data breaches in the health care industry, [...]

8 07, 2019

Organizations and Businesses Face 500% Increase in Ransomware Attacks

By |2019-08-02T17:37:43+00:00July 8th, 2019|

Hackers are going after organizations and businesses with a vengeance as detections of ransomware attacks are up 500% this year compared to this time last year. The staggering increase in the number of detections stems from cybercriminals ramping up their efforts against organizations and businesses by preying on weak credentials, broad user access, and infrastructure [...]

15 05, 2019

What is Phishing? Prevent Attacks with Common Examples

By |2019-08-02T17:48:11+00:00May 15th, 2019|

Cybercriminals are incredibly adaptable. They learn new security measures quickly and find new ways to steal sensitive information—often preying on individuals who aren’t familiar with the signs of common scams. One of the most common techniques used to exploit web-users is the phishing scam. This article will cover what phishing is, the different phishing approaches [...]

22 03, 2019

7 Simple Tips for Safer Internet Browsing

By |2019-08-02T17:49:37+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

There are many ways for your computer or personal information to be compromised on the web. Viruses and malware can infect your machine, phishing scams can trick you into providing information to thieves, and “secure” websites can be hacked. While there’s no 100% guarantee of safe internet use, you can take steps to make your [...]

8 03, 2019

5 Strategies for Protecting Your Child’s Privacy Online

By |2019-08-02T17:50:25+00:00March 8th, 2019|

The internet is an amazing source of information, but it also contains many unique threats. One important concern in the digital age is online privacy; thieves, hackers, and other criminals may be trying to access your data and information for their own personal gain. Kids are just as vulnerable as adults (if not more so), [...]

21 01, 2019

‘Collection #1’ Data Breach Leaks 773 Million Email Addresses and 21 Million Passwords

By |2019-08-02T17:54:13+00:00January 21st, 2019|

Last week, an enormous database of email addresses and passwords was publicly exposed on the internet, leaving hundreds of millions of people vulnerable to fraud, scams, and hacking attempts. The database, known as “Collection #1,” could be the largest recorded public data breach in history. First reported by cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt, Collection #1 contains [...]

14 01, 2019

A Year in Review: The Worst Data Breach News of 2018

By |2019-08-02T17:55:52+00:00January 14th, 2019|

Cybersecurity threats were a major theme in 2018, as last year saw some of the biggest data breaches in history. Security flaws and illegal hacks exposed the personal data of millions and shook up some of the world’s largest organizations. Ultimately, there’s no foolproof way to protect your personal data when it’s in the hands [...]

20 12, 2018

4 Reasons Identity Theft is a Major Threat During the Holiday Season

By |2019-08-30T17:46:14+00:00December 20th, 2018|

Protecting your finances and identity is a year-round endeavor, and you should always be diligent to guard yourself against identity theft. But identity theft and fraud are especially prevalent during the holiday season. According to credit bureau Experian, fraud attempts spike during the holidays, especially on Thanksgiving and the days leading up to Christmas. What [...]

10 12, 2018

5 Tips for Avoiding Charity Scams Over the Holidays

By |2019-08-02T17:57:42+00:00December 10th, 2018|

For many charities, the holiday season is the biggest time of the year for charitable donations. People are in a giving mood, the deadline for making this year’s tax-deductible donations is approaching, and mission-based organizations are making their final push to solicit donors. But this spike in giving can put donors at risk of fraud, [...]

30 11, 2018

Massive Marriott Data Breach Exposes Personal Information of Up to 500 Million Guests

By |2019-08-02T17:58:26+00:00November 30th, 2018|

Marriott International, one of the largest hotel chains in the world, today revealed its discovery of a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of up to 500 million guests. The data breach leaves Marriott guests vulnerable to account fraud, identity theft, and other criminal activities. Marriott says an unauthorized party has been accessing [...]

1 11, 2018

The Social Threat: How Criminals Can Use the Information You Share on Social Media

By |2019-08-02T18:00:20+00:00November 1st, 2018|

Social media networks are a great way to connect with friends and family online, but they’re also a breeding ground for scams and criminal activity. And while you may picture hackers trying to break into your account, thieves can just as easily use the information you volunteer to share publicly. It pays to be careful [...]

21 09, 2018

6 Tips for Protecting Your Social Security Number

By |2019-08-02T18:02:56+00:00September 21st, 2018|

With identity theft a rising threat for all Americans, it’s extremely important to keep your Social Security number safe and secure. With just a little identifying information and your Social Security number, thieves can apply for credit and open accounts in your name, wrecking your credit in the process. But your Social Security number is [...]

8 09, 2018

5 Password Best Practices You Should be Using

By |2019-08-02T18:08:34+00:00September 8th, 2018|

When it comes to protecting your online accounts, passwords are one of the most important lines of defense. Your finances, credit score, and identity are all protected by the passwords you keep. Unfortunately, many people practice poor password security, which can leave them vulnerable. While passwords aren’t foolproof against thieves and hackers, using good practices [...]

25 08, 2018

What to Do When a Debt Collector Calls

By |2019-08-02T18:09:01+00:00August 25th, 2018|

Getting an unexpected call from a debt collector can be an intimidating experience. Often, debt collectors will try to pressure you into paying them over the phone on the spot. But even if you’re swimming in debt, you have rights when a debt collector calls, and you should always do your homework and exercise your [...]

4 08, 2018

Who Can Check Your Credit Report?

By |2019-08-02T18:09:43+00:00August 4th, 2018|

The primary purpose of your credit report is to demonstrate your creditworthiness to lenders and creditors. In other words, your credit report can help companies decide whether to approve or deny your loan and credit card applications. But lenders and credit card companies aren’t the only ones that can pull your credit report. In fact, [...]

1 07, 2018

Free Credit Report Freezes Are on the Way: Here’s What You Need to Know

By |2019-08-02T18:10:45+00:00July 1st, 2018|

Following last year’s enormous Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans, consumers were left wondering how to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft. One solution is credit freezes, which prevent thieves from using your credit to open fraudulent accounts in your name. But freezing your credit with all three [...]

15 06, 2018

How Virtual Card Numbers Make Online Shopping Safer

By |2019-08-02T18:11:45+00:00June 15th, 2018|

Cybersecurity is a constant concern for retailers that store consumer data online. Even so, hackers are persistent, and data breaches have happened to some of the largest retailers in the world. When you use your credit card or debit card to shop online, you run the risk of your account information falling into the wrong [...]

27 05, 2018

How to Protect Your Identity While You’re on Vacation

By |2019-08-02T18:12:06+00:00May 27th, 2018|

People take vacations to explore new places, get away from the daily grind, or just plain relax. But even when relaxation is your goal, you need to be vigilant against identity theft. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 17 million people fell victim to identity theft in 2014 alone, and thieves won’t take [...]

20 05, 2018

Seven Reasons to Pull Your Credit Report Right Now

By |2019-08-02T18:12:30+00:00May 20th, 2018|

A lack of familiarity with your credit report could cost you big. The information in your credit report determines your ability to qualify for credit cards, loans, and even employment in some cases. Negative information in your credit report could hurt your credit score and block access to the financial products you need. You should [...]

17 05, 2018

Synthetic Identity Fraud Targets Children in a Long Con

By |2019-08-02T18:12:48+00:00May 17th, 2018|

Criminals with a lot of time on their hands are committing a con that can take years to pay off and sounds like something out of the future: Synthetic identity fraud. Instead of the traditional identity theft of stealing an existing identity from someone and posing as them, synthetic identity fraud criminals create a new [...]

4 05, 2018

Why to Always Use a Credit Card Over a Debit Card to Avoid Fraud

By |2019-08-02T18:14:23+00:00May 4th, 2018|

Debit cards are one of the worst ways to use your money if you want your ID protected. Because it’s linked directly to your bank account, anyone with your card information can instantly withdraw all the money from your account. If that doesn’t scare you enough, there’s the fact that debit cards don’t have near [...]

30 04, 2018

3 Best Ways to Stop Your Credit Report From Being Hacked

By |2019-08-02T18:04:29+00:00April 30th, 2018|

Data breaches are just about a daily occurrence. Whether it’s at a hospital, business school, energy provider or any other business with personal data on file, hackers are finding more ways to steal information and possibly later use it for fraud. Checking a credit report each month to make sure thieves haven’t opened accounts in [...]

30 04, 2018

Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards: Which is Safer for Online Shopping?

By |2019-08-02T18:05:07+00:00April 30th, 2018|

Online shopping offers convenience and great deals, but it also leaves you vulnerable to hackers and data breaches. Criminals are constantly trying to break into the databases of online retailers to access consumers’ personal information and debit or credit card numbers. You should take steps to protect yourself online, and that includes determining the best [...]

25 04, 2018

Five Underused Tools that Make Online Shopping Safer

By |2019-08-02T18:05:35+00:00April 25th, 2018|

Staying safe as you shop online requires diligence. Some good habits, such as keeping your credit card number private, are obvious. But savvy shoppers can go above and beyond to reduce the risk of theft and fraud as they shop on the Internet, using modern technology and safeguards to protect themselves. Here are five underused [...]

10 03, 2018

This Tax Season, Beware IRS Phone Scams That Target Taxpayers

By |2019-08-02T18:06:48+00:00March 10th, 2018|

Each year in the United States, tax season provides con artists an opportunity to scam taxpayers out of their hard-earned money. It’s a serious problem that is only on the rise: according to the IRS, the number of potential victims for one common scam has skyrocketed from hundreds to several thousands in a matter of [...]

25 02, 2018

Protecting Your Kids from Identity Theft

By |2019-08-02T18:07:49+00:00February 25th, 2018|

Children are just as vulnerable to identity theft as adults, but they don’t have access to the same system of checks and alerts. By falsifying birth dates, thieves can use your child’s Social Security number to open credit cards, take out loans, apply for government benefits, and more. When it’s done to a child, identity [...]