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Phone Scams on the Increase

Phishing doesn’t only come by way of an email message. There are many ways cybercriminals can dupe unsuspecting users. Using a phone is one way that is becoming more popular as the number of cell phone … Read more

Secure your Devices by Making Some Simple Changes

We are more connected than ever before. According to ABI Research, there will be more than 30 billion devices connected on the Internet by 2020. Our devices are connected to the world, including laptops, mobile phones, … Read more

IRS Warns of Tax Season Scams

The IRS is warning of a significant increase in a tax scam that gives victims a refund, then requests it back. Scams are quite timely around income tax filing time. W-2 forms include details that are … Read more

New Year’s Resolution: Manage Passwords for Top Security

SplashData, a password management company, has released its annual list of top worst passwords for 2017. After reviewing five million passwords leaked in 2017, SplashDash released the list of most popular, and therefore dangerous, passwords. As … Read more

Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers

During the holiday shopping season, shoppers are looking for the perfect gifts. At the same time, criminals are looking for sensitive data. This data includes credit card numbers, financial accounts and Social Security Numbers. Cybercriminals can … Read more

Children Can Be Victims of Identity Theft

Children can be targets of cybercriminals. too. Some statistics report one in 40 kids have been victims of identity theft. According to law enforcement authorities, more than one million children have their identities stolen each year.  … Read more

8 Ways to Avoid Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is a form of malware used by cyber criminals to freeze your computer or mobile device, steal your data and demand a “ransom” be paid — typically from a hundreds to thousands of dollars. Ransomware … Read more

Taxpayer Caution: Scams

The IRS has issued a warning that tax-related scams continue across the United States even though the tax-filing season has ended for most taxpayers. People should remain on alert to new and emerging schemes involving the … Read more

Travel Securely. Keep Cyber Criminals Away.

Summer is a time to get away — time to take your dream vacation, go to the lake, or visit relatives out-of-state. Many travelers check emails and the status of work projects, read social media posts … Read more

Thwart Cyber Crime

October is “National Cyber Security Awareness Month,” which is an annual Homeland Security campaign to raise consumers’ awareness of cyber security. Cyber security continues to be a growing problem in the U.S. According to the FBI’s … Read more

Business Alert: Understand the Threats of Ransomware

Ransomware is a form of malware that targets both human and technical weaknesses in businesses and other organizations in an effort to deny the availability of critical data and/or systems. When the victim business determines it … Read more

Secure your Mobile Device

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting mobile devices as use of the technology continues to grow. Mobile devices can be full of personal and professional information that cyber crooks would love to get their hands on. Mobile … Read more