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 [...]

28 06, 2020

Report: Data Breaches Cost Public Companies on Average $116 Million

By |2020-06-28T17:06:22+00:00June 28th, 2020|

How expensive is a data breach for a big company? A recent report by Audit Analytics provides insight to this question in a study that sampled 639 cybersecurity breach incidents at public companies in the last nine years. The report, “Trends in Cybersecurity Breach Disclosures,” found the cost of a data breach directly relates to the life cycle of an incident and on the sensitivity of the compromised customer information. According to the study, the longer the life [...]

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 [...]

12 06, 2020

Study: More Than Half of Online Users Still Using Same Password for Multiple Accounts

By |2020-06-12T16:44:10+00:00June 12th, 2020|

As social life continues to move into the online sphere, it becomes increasingly important to monitor and protect our online data. The average consumer has more than 27 online accounts and that number approaches 100 for millennials with only a handful of passwords being shared throughout all of them. Given that passwords are the first line of defense to protect personally identifiable [...]

8 06, 2020

Donating to Charity? Follow These Best Practices to Avoid Fraud

By |2020-06-08T22:33:21+00:00June 8th, 2020|

Whether you’re giving money to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic or supporting political activism, donating to charity is a worthy endeavor. If you’re donating to charity for the first time or you’ve been supporting your favorite causes for years, it’s a good idea to ensure your donation is safe and the charity [...]

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 [...]

1 06, 2020

Hacktivist Group Anonymous Attacks Minneapolis Police Department Website, Claims Data Breach

By |2020-06-01T23:29:26+00:00June 1st, 2020|

The hacktivist group Anonymous has taken credit for a cyberattack that took down the Minneapolis Police Department website to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Before the cyberattack, hacktivist group members allegedly released a video on Facebook saying they were targeting the police department in order to seek justice for Floyd. [...]

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 [...]

22 05, 2020

Memorial Day Celebration Includes 25% of Credit and ID Theft Protection for Military and Veterans

By |2020-05-22T20:31:31+00:00May 22nd, 2020|

This Memorial Day we celebrate active duty and veteran military members for the sacrifices they’ve made for our country with 25% off IdentityIQ credit report and identity theft monitoring services. These services are especially important as active duty and veteran military members are a group at highest risk for identity theft. Because of long deployments [...]

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 [...]

13 03, 2020

Can’t Afford Your IRS Tax Bill? Here are Your Options

By |2020-03-13T19:57:29+00:00March 13th, 2020|

After doing your taxes, you might find out you owe a hefty tax bill to the IRS. Millions of people owe the IRS every tax season and coming up with the money all at once can be a big financial burden. While you probably won’t be able to get out of paying the IRS, you [...]

9 03, 2020

Data Breach Reveals Virgin Media Customers’ Information, Including Requests for Porn

By |2020-03-09T20:42:18+00:00March 9th, 2020|

A data breach has exposed more than 900,000 Virgin Media customers’ personal information – including whether they’ve accessed pornography links. Virgin Media officials recently disclosed hackers were able to access customers’ personal information through an unsecured database. An unauthorized user accessed the database at least once after April 2019, officials said. The hackers had access [...]

7 03, 2020

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Cybersecurity’s Most Established Female Hacker

By |2020-03-13T18:44:57+00:00March 7th, 2020|

For International Women's Day 2020, IDIQ® cybersecurity influencer Gabby Oglesby interviewed Alyssa Miller, a very well-established hacker and security evangelist in the cybersecurity industry. She provided incredible cybersecurity tips – everything from unbreakable passwords to avoiding getting hacked on social media to protecting yourself over public Wi-Fi. Miller said people’s biggest mistake when getting hacked [...]

5 03, 2020

T-Mobile Hacked in Another Data Breach

By |2020-03-05T19:23:50+00:00March 5th, 2020|

T-Mobile has once again been hacked in a data breach. Company officials are alerting customers to a recent data breach that has put their personal information at risk. The newest data breach comes after the company experienced two data breaches in the last two years. T-Mobile reported a data breach exposing personal information of about [...]

3 03, 2020

4 Smart Financial Moves to Make with Your Tax Refund

By |2020-03-03T20:55:42+00:00March 3rd, 2020|

When you receive a tax refund, it simply means that you've overpaid on your taxes for the previous year and the government is returning your money. But receiving a lump sum all at once can still feel like found money, and you may be tempted to splurge on something you’ve had your eye on, like [...]

2 03, 2020

‘Shark Tank’ Star Barbara Corcoran Victim of $400,000 Phishing Email Scam

By |2020-03-02T23:41:07+00:00March 2nd, 2020|

Even a savvy millionaire can fall victim to a phishing email scam as “Shark Tank” judge Barbara Corcoran recently discovered. Corcoran, who has made millions investing, including in real estate, recently said she was the victim of a phishing email scam when her bookkeeper wired $388,700 to a fraudulent bank account in China. She said [...]

24 02, 2020

MGM Resorts Data Breach Affects More Than 10 Million Guests

By |2020-02-24T22:28:38+00:00February 24th, 2020|

More than 10 million guests who’ve stayed at MGM Resorts, including celebrities and high-profile CEOs, have had their personal information hacked in a data breach. MGM officials recently confirmed a data breach that exposed the information of about 10.6 million guests. MGM operates numerous properties in Las Vegas with celebrities such as Justin Bieber and [...]

20 02, 2020

Planning to Buy a Home? Don’t Forget These Hidden Home Costs

By |2020-02-20T21:22:49+00:00February 20th, 2020|

When you’re looking for a home to buy, you’re probably focused on two big numbers: the sale price of the home and the amount of your monthly mortgage payment. But these numbers only tell part of the story. There are many other upfront and ongoing costs – or hidden costs – that you may be [...]

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 [...]

12 02, 2020

Justice Department Charges Four Chinese Military Members with Equifax Data Breach

By |2020-02-12T17:39:04+00:00February 12th, 2020|

The Equifax data breach that exposed the personal data of 147 million people was the work of Chinese military hackers, according to a recent indictment made public by the Justice Department. The Justice Department announced formal charges against four members of the 54th Research Institute, a division of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. The four [...]

11 02, 2020

Protect Yourself and Your Children from Identity Theft

By |2020-02-11T17:33:33+00:00February 11th, 2020|

Remember the last time you were on an airplane and heard, “Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead bins. Please place the oxygen mask over your own mouth and nose first before assisting others.” As a mom, that’s somewhat startling to hear because your instinct is to always put your children first and yourself second. [...]

5 02, 2020

Tax Identity Theft? How to Recover Your Return

By |2020-02-05T21:43:30+00:00February 5th, 2020|

Tax season can sometimes be stressful — even when things go according to plan — but what happens when you are the victim of tax identity theft? Unfortunately, if your identity is stolen and used for tax-related fraud, you might never receive that tax refund. If someone used your personal information to file a fraudulent [...]

3 02, 2020

How to Protect Your Identity During Tax Season

By |2020-02-03T19:10:22+00:00February 3rd, 2020|

Tax season is officially here with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, Feb. 3 – 7. While it’s important to be on high alert and protect your identity all year long, tax season is an especially vulnerable time. Every tax season, identity thieves run a variety of scams to get their hands on taxpayers’ personal information. [...]

28 01, 2020

FICO to Release FICO Scores 10 and 10T as Newest Versions of Credit Scores

By |2020-01-28T00:39:07+00:00January 28th, 2020|

FICO® has announced its newest credit score models – the FICO Score 10 and FICO Score 10T – with a focus on consumer personal loans and credit trends. The new FICO Scores aim to reward those who pay lenders on time and give lenders more precision and predictability powers when making lending decisions, said Jim [...]

24 01, 2020

Microsoft Data Breach Exposes 250 Million Customer Records

By |2020-01-24T23:08:53+00:00January 24th, 2020|

Microsoft recently announced a data breach affecting one of its customer databases and exposing millions of records, including the personally identifying information (PII) of some customers who may have used Microsoft support since 2005. Between Dec. 5 and Dec. 31, a change made to an internal customer support database’s network security contained misconfigured security rules, [...]

22 01, 2020

How to Plan a Debt-Free Vacation This Year

By |2020-01-27T21:45:16+00:00January 22nd, 2020|

Planning a debt-free vacation is ideal. But traveling is costly, and the expenses can really stack up when it comes to vacations. Many people end up piling debt onto their credit cards just to travel to exciting destinations or get some rest and relaxation. If you want to plan a vacation this year without going [...]

20 01, 2020

Phishing Attacks Becoming More Sophisticated

By |2020-01-20T18:47:14+00:00January 20th, 2020|

Hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated in their phishing email attempts to steal personal and company data. The number of data breaches caused by phishing is increasing with hackers finding their way into a company’s network using phished information such as employees’ stolen credentials, according to a recent report from cybersecurity organization Crowdstrike. In [...]

16 01, 2020

Equifax to Pay $380.5 Million to Data Breach Victims

By |2020-01-20T22:28:03+00:00January 16th, 2020|

A federal court has approved a $380.5 million Equifax settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit stemming from the credit-reporting firm’s 2017 massive data breach that put almost half the U.S population’s personal information at risk. In the approved agreement, Equifax officials are placing $380.5 million into a fund for consumers affected by the data breach. [...]

14 01, 2020

Texas School District Loses $2.3 Million in Phishing Email Scam

By |2020-01-14T18:04:00+00:00January 14th, 2020|

A Texas school district is out $2.3 million after falling victim to a phishing email scam. The Manor Independent School District recently announced it is working with the Manor Police Department and FBI to track down a scammer who siphoned about $2.3 million from the district after a single employee responded to a phishing email. [...]

13 01, 2020

How to Pay Down Holiday Credit Card Debt

By |2020-01-13T20:13:16+00:00January 13th, 2020|

If you went into debt shopping for the holidays, you’re probably not alone. Many American consumers plan to put at least some of their holiday spending on their credit card to pay off later. But putting too much holiday debt on your credit card can be bad for your wallet and your credit. Large credit [...]

8 01, 2020

5 Credit Score Myths to Stop Believing

By |2020-01-08T19:55:36+00:00January 8th, 2020|

There is a general lack of awareness surrounding credit, as American consumers’ knowledge about credit scores has been on a steady decline since 2012. And when you aren’t informed about your credit, it can be easy to believe misinformation and even spread it to others. Unfortunately, believing falsehoods about your credit can lead you to [...]

6 01, 2020

Data Breach Hits Parent Company of Joe’s Crab Shack, Claim Jumper, Rainforest Café and More

By |2020-01-06T19:23:38+00:00January 6th, 2020|

Landry’s Inc., the parent company of more than 600 restaurants, hotels and casinos, has announced a data breach exposing customers’ card payment information. Company officials reported a hacker accessed and installed malware to their network supporting payment processing, which is used by servers to swipe and charge customer credit cards. They said encryption technology made [...]

2 01, 2020

5 Ways to Make Smarter Credit Decisions in the New Year

By |2020-01-02T17:09:03+00:00January 2nd, 2020|

Want to enhance your finances in 2020? Practicing better credit habits should be a key part of your strategy. Responsible use of credit is reflected on your credit report and affects how creditors view your ability to effectively manage debt. Any financial wellness plan for the new year should include a credit plan. Here are [...]

31 12, 2019

6 of the Biggest Data Breaches of the Year

By |2019-12-31T00:13:09+00:00December 31st, 2019|

The year 2019 saw thousands of data breaches of all types and sizes. Billions of personal records were exposed, caused by malicious hacks and organizational incompetence. The public has had their payment information stolen, personal data leaked and private messages exposed. Data breaches have been on an upward trend since the early 2000s, and the [...]

21 12, 2019

Facebook Faces Another Data Breach with 267 Million Users Exposed

By |2019-12-21T00:47:44+00:00December 21st, 2019|

Facebook is ending the year with another data breach, this time with 267 million users’ personal information exposed. The monumental data breach comes after cybersecurity firm Comparitech and researcher Bob Diachenko found a database with the names, phone numbers and Facebook IDs for about 267 million users open on the web. The database was not [...]

19 12, 2019

Canada’s Largest Laboratory Pays Ransom to Retrieve 15 Million Stolen Patient Records

By |2019-12-19T17:05:45+00:00December 19th, 2019|

Officials at LifeLabs, the largest diagnostics and testing services laboratory in Canada, recently announced they paid hackers an undisclosed ransom to retrieve more than 15 million stolen patients’ records. The laboratory was breached last month with hackers removing patient data and requiring a ransom in order for the company to regain the records. Personal information [...]

17 12, 2019

Pennsylvania Attorney General Reaches $110,000 Data Breach Settlement with Orbitz and Expedia

By |2019-12-17T18:54:51+00:00December 17th, 2019|

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro recently announced a $110,000 settlement with the traveling websites Orbtiz and Expedia after a data breach that put the credit card information of almost 21,000 state residents at risk. Shapiro lead an investigation into the data breach that discovered a hacker was able to add malware to steal credit card [...]

12 12, 2019

California Water District Data Breach Exposes Credit Card Information

By |2019-12-12T20:58:23+00:00December 12th, 2019|

The Cucamonga Valley Water District, a water district in Southern California, is informing customers of a data breach that might have put their credit card information at risk. Water district officials said a server operated by outside vendor Central Square, which the water district uses to collect one-time credit card payments, was breached by an [...]

10 12, 2019

Why Local Governments Are Vulnerable to Ransomware Attacks

By |2019-12-10T17:29:07+00:00December 10th, 2019|

The highest profile data breaches and cyberattacks often involve big businesses with millions of customers. But private companies aren’t the only organizations that are vulnerable to cybercrime – local governments are also popular targets for criminals. According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigation, 16% of all 2018 data breaches involved public sector entities including state [...]

6 12, 2019

SMS Database Leaves Millions of Text Messages with Personal Info Exposed

By |2019-12-06T19:02:59+00:00December 6th, 2019|

SMS communications company TrueDialog left millions of text messages exposed and unprotected in an online database that security researchers discovered last month, according to reports. TrueDialog is a communications company that enables clients, including private businesses and universities, to send text messages to customers, students and other individuals. The service allows message recipients to respond [...]

5 12, 2019

On the Border Restaurant Data Breach Affects 28 States

By |2019-12-05T19:42:17+00:00December 5th, 2019|

The Mexican food chain restaurant On the Border has announced a data breach that put customers’ payment information at risk in 28 states. On the Border officials said the breach, discovered by the company on Nov. 14, exposed customers’ personal information, including their names, credit card numbers and credit card verification codes. The breach came [...]

3 12, 2019

T-Mobile Data Breach Allows Hackers to Access Customers’ Personal Information

By |2019-12-03T16:55:53+00:00December 3rd, 2019|

Wireless carrier T-Mobile recently discovered a data breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of more than one million customers, the company recently announced. The breach exposed the personal data of customers with prepaid wireless accounts in which they paid a predetermined fee ahead of time for their wireless usage. According to T-Mobile, [...]

27 11, 2019

Macy’s Data Breach Exposed Customer Data and Payment Info to Hacker Syndicate

By |2019-11-27T19:07:15+00:00November 27th, 2019|

Macy’s officials have alerted customers that their personal data and payment information may have been exposed via a data breach on the department store’s retail website. The breach allowed an “unauthorized third party” to harvest customers’ personal data and payment card information from macys.com. According to a letter to customers dated Nov. 14, Macy’s officials [...]

25 11, 2019

Watch Out for Scams This Holiday Season

By |2019-11-25T17:26:06+00:00November 25th, 2019|

This holiday season alone, retail industry professionals expect Americans to spend more than $1 trillion. Criminals see this increased spending as an opportunity to rip off consumers, steal their money, and obtain their personal data to commit fraud and identity theft. It pays to be vigilant. Here are four types of scams to watch out [...]

18 11, 2019

The Pros and Cons of Automatic Bill Payments

By |2019-11-18T21:03:20+00:00November 18th, 2019|

These days, many banks and service providers offer automatic payments to make paying your bills a little easier. This feature lets the companies you do business with automatically charge your credit card or debit your bank account on a predetermined date every month. While automatic payments can remove many of the headaches associated with paying [...]

12 11, 2019

Capital One Cybersecurity Chief Out After Data Breach

By |2019-11-12T21:33:05+00:00November 12th, 2019|

The head of cybersecurity at Capital One has been removed following this summer’s data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 100 million customers. Michael Johnson has transitioned from Capital One’s chief information security officer to a new role as senior vice president and special advisor for cybersecurity, according to the company. The [...]

6 11, 2019

Recent Data Breaches Involve Instagram, DoorDash, Uber and Other Smartphone Apps

By |2019-11-07T00:12:04+00:00November 6th, 2019|

With all the recent data breaches involving smartphone apps, here is a compilation of breaches that might have put your personally identifiable information at risk: A white-hat ethical hacker reported an Instagram vulnerability in the login form and Sync Contacts feature that puts user accounts at risk. The flaw allowed a hacker to create fraudulent [...]

5 11, 2019

U.S. Officials Living Abroad Targeted in Hack Using WhatsApp

By |2019-11-05T17:59:02+00:00November 5th, 2019|

Top U.S. government officials living abroad have recently been targeted by hackers through Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging application. An internal investigation by WhatsApp found numerous U.S. officials in at least 20 countries have become victims of data breaches through hacking software through the app. The hackers allegedly took control of users’ smartphones in order to access [...]

1 11, 2019

7-Eleven Customer Data Exposed in App Security Breach

By |2019-11-01T19:38:11+00:00November 1st, 2019|

The 7-Eleven Fuel app suffered a data breach in Australia last week that exposed users’ personal details. The app uses customer location and pricing data to help drivers find the best gas prices at local 7-Elevens, and lock in the low prices by prepaying. A customer reported the breach to 7-Eleven when he discovered he [...]

31 10, 2019

Hackers Plead Guilty in Uber Data Breach Not Reported for a Year

By |2019-10-31T20:36:11+00:00October 31st, 2019|

Two hackers have pled guilty to stealing 57 million files containing customer and driver personal information from Uber, which company officials failed to report to police for almost a year. Hackers Brandon Glover and Vasile Mereacre recently plead guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion charges for their roles in a 2016 data breach affecting Uber [...]

29 10, 2019

Consumer Knowledge of Credit Scores Steadily Declining

By |2019-10-29T18:09:46+00:00October 29th, 2019|

Americans’ knowledge of credit scores has been steadily declining since 2012, according to a recently released survey from the Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions, LLC. The survey was conducted by phone and posed a number of credit score related questions to 1,002 American adults. The improved economy could be one reason for the [...]

24 10, 2019

National Average of FICO Credit Score at Record High

By |2019-10-24T21:00:02+00:00October 24th, 2019|

The developer of the most popular credit scoring model, FICO® Credit Scores, announced last month the national average FICO score has reached 704, an all-time high. Average scores have steadily risen for nine straight years since bottoming out at 686 during the Great Recession. Stronger credit scores give consumers better borrowing power, access to better [...]

23 10, 2019

What is Synthetic Identity Theft?

By |2019-10-24T21:08:31+00:00October 23rd, 2019|

Protect yourself and your family Identity thieves and fraudsters consistently innovate and adapt to new security measures when it comes to their crimes. One of the more modern cons, known as synthetic identity theft, is high on the list of concerns for legislators and financial institutions alike. Any demographic could be vulnerable to this form [...]

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 [...]

14 10, 2019

How to Spot an Email Phishing Attempt at Work

By |2019-10-14T15:58:02+00:00October 14th, 2019|

Anyone who uses a work email address needs to be wary of email phishing scams, a common tool used by cybercriminals to prey on businesses, government entities, and other employers. Phishing emails are a common form of social engineering used to impersonate the email of a legitimate sender – such as a company or colleague [...]

10 10, 2019

New Social Security Scam Advises Victims to Move Money to Prepaid Cards to Steal Funds

By |2019-10-10T19:13:09+00:00October 10th, 2019|

A new Social Security scam is using scare tactics and prepaid cards to steal victims’ money. The new scam involves phone calls from criminals claiming to be from the Social Security Administration and reporting there has been suspicious activity involving the potential victim’s Social Security number (SSN), according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. The [...]

8 10, 2019

SIM Swap Scams: How to Protect Yourself

By |2019-10-08T22:02:37+00:00October 8th, 2019|

A SIM swap scam occurs when thieves have gained enough of your personal information to convince a wireless provider to transfer your phone number to a new SIM card that is in their control. Once they have your phone number, they will try to access your accounts, including email, banking and even social media, and [...]

7 10, 2019

The Difference Between Revolving Credit and Installment Credit

By |2019-10-07T22:51:26+00:00October 7th, 2019|

The debts that appear on your credit report are typically sorted into two different types: revolving credit and installment credit. These debt types can affect your credit in different ways. But what’s the difference between revolving credit and installment credit? We break it down below. What is Revolving Credit? Revolving credit extends a fixed line [...]

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, [...]

12 09, 2019

Create a Disaster Preparedness Plan to Keep Your Identity Safe

By |2019-09-12T20:30:48+00:00September 12th, 2019|

September is National Preparedness Month, so now is the time to create a plan to keep your personal information safe in case of a disaster. When a hurricane, wildfire, or tornado hit, you will need to make sure you have access to your personal identifiable information (PII) as well as other important documents to help [...]

9 09, 2019

How to Protect Your Identity in the Aftermath of Hurricane Dorian

By |2019-09-10T19:41:30+00:00September 9th, 2019|

Hurricane Dorian left damage along the east coast from North Carolina to the Bahamas. While residents work to clean up the affected areas, they face a new threat after the storm – identity theft. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), fraud spikes after a natural disaster with identity thieves and other scammers targeting [...]

6 09, 2019

Scammers Use AI-Generated Voice Deepfake to Steal Almost $250,000 from CEO

By |2019-09-06T20:10:53+00:00September 6th, 2019|

An energy firm is out almost $250,000 from a high-tech phone scam that used artificial intelligence to mimic the boss’s voice. The CEO of the unnamed company, based in the United Kingdom, thought he was on the phone with his boss from the company’s German headquarters and following directions when he transferred about $243,000 to [...]

5 09, 2019

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

By |2019-11-08T16:11:09+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 [...]

27 08, 2019

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

By |2020-05-22T19:43:15+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., [...]

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 [...]