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The Biggest & Baddest Data Breaches of 2016

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With a history of over 5,000 data breaches in the last 10 years, it’s safe to say that any electronic information connected to you is either at risk or has already been compromised at least once. As James Comey, the director of the FBI puts it, “There are two kinds of companies. Those that have been hacked and those that don’t know yet that they’ve been hacked.” This list shows a breakdown of the 10 largest data breaches, with a minimum of 10 million records at risk, in the past year.

 

  • Yahoo!:The biggest one of 2016, with 500 million records stolen, actually More >
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How to Stay Protected Against Ransomware

 

Ransomware is a malware class that infects computers, encrypts the files and demands money in exchange for access — or the victim loses valuable data forever. It’s a billion-dollar business that is growing and spreading quickly. Businesses large and small are under threat from increasingly aggressive and brutal ransomware attacks. Loss of access to critical files can cause massive disruption to an organization’s productivity. Prevention is far better than a cure, so here are 7 security solutions you should have in place to give the best possible defense against ransomware.

 

  1. Back up your files regularly and keep a recent backup off-site.

 

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Cyber Security Resolutions: In One Year, Out the Other

6 Cyber Security Resolutions You Can Actually Accomplish

 

 

In 2017, think about what you should be doing to protect your personal identity & personal information of your family, customers, clients, and employees. Here are some easy resolutions to get you started:

 

  •  I will file my taxes early Tax fraud is big business in identity theft these days. Putting your taxes off until the last-minute gives identity thieves more time to file a false return in your name, and make off with your tax refund. File early to eliminate yourself as a target, and get you your tax-return sooner.

 

  •  I will review my credit reports More >
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How to Protect Your New Tech

With the Holiday festivities upon us, it’s likely that new tech gadgets have topped your personal wish list. As exciting as these gifts are, you should be aware of the ways that you’ll need to protect your new device. Remember, if it connects to the Internet, it is vulnerable.   For Safe Computer Setup: 1. Install Security Software The moment you connect to the Internet, your computer becomes vulnerable. While a brand-new computer out of the box may seem secure, it is not. Sometimes a brand-new computer may sit in a stock room for months before finding its new home. One of More >

ID Fraud up 13 Percent – Javelin Identity Fraud Report

In 2011, nearly 12 million Americans were victim of identity fraud, a 13 percent jump from 2010.  People are monitoring credit cards more thoroughly then ever before and credit card companies have beefed up their security procedures to help prevent fraud.  So why the increase in fraud?

Turns out that thieves have moved on to smartphones and social media.  People tend to let their guard down a little bit when dealing with the phone and social networks, leaving the door open for scammers to take advantage of them.

One thing to keep in mind is that thieves are always one step ahead More >

Firefox Vulnerability Allows Hacking Through Images

It is a long standing notion between the techies of the world that Firefox is an overall better web browser than IE, but that does not mean that Firefox doesn’t have any issues.  No software package can be fully secure.  In the last week, Mozilla (creators of Firefox) have patched major problems with their web browser.

This vulnerability has been patched.  If you run Firefox, be sure that all the updates are installed.  They usually come through automatically, so if you have been putting off those auto update alerts, better install them now.

What was the problem?  A bug in the Firefox More >

Another Facebook Scam

You may have seen them already.  They are popping up on accounts all over the place.  More and more people have them.  I’m talking about the new “Timeline” design for Facebook.  You can opt in for the new format right now, or wait to be forced into it later.  For a lot of people, They opted in early to receive it, only to find out that they don’t like it.  But there is no way to go back to the old one.  This is where the scams come in.

Scammers heard the complaints and have taken action.  Pages and apps are More >

The Return of Zeus

Besides wielding thunderbolts, Zeus can steal your usernames and passwords. At least, the offspring of the Zeus malware can. “Gameover” is the name of the latest Zeus variant and is called so for good reason. When a computer is infected, it steals your bank account information. Once in the bank account, it is essentially game over.

Lets break Gameover down and see how it works. Infections are usually brought about through phishing scams. These are scams sent through email that try and trick the user into clicking on things that they shouldn’t be clicking on. The emails usually look like they More >