Serious Cloudflare bug exposed a potpourri of secret customer data

“Cloudflare, a service that helps optimize the security and performance of more than 5.5 million websites, warned customers today that a recently fixed software bug exposed a range of sensitive information that could have included passwords and cookies and tokens used to authenticate users.”

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5 Ways To Protect Your Privacy Online

Big data is here to stay. Which means companies everywhere, including Facebook and Google, are tracking and mining user data in every way that they can. This also means that hackers will try to collect that data and use it for their own malicious purposes.

In today’s world, while security and privacy still go hand-in-hand, it’s not possible to retain total anonymity unless you are off the grid to the Internet of Things. So, for this moment in time when privacy is most critical, you need to find ways to protect yourself.

Listed below are the top 5 ways you can protect your privacy online:

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How to Avoid Credit Card and Debit Card Skimmers at the ATM

Skimmers are legitimate looking card readers that grab the information from your card, once inserted. Typically, skimmers are attached to ATM terminals so that they can grab information from everyone and anyone who swipes their card. Some skimmers even allow for the ATM user to complete their intended transaction (retrieve money from the account, check account balance, deposit funds, etc.) while stealing the information.

The skimmer is designed to look exactly like the slot you put your Debit/Credit card in. It is designed to fit over top of the existing card reader.

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Choosing a PIN Without Getting Hacked

PIN numbers are used everywhere. From unlocking your phone to accessing your bank account, Personal Identification Numbers are universally used as a security measure. The unfortunate part is that these are generally only four digits long- giving a potential hacker a 1 in 10,000 chance of breaking in on the first attempt, unless one uses a predictable sequence.

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Security for Holiday Shoppers

As the holiday season approaches, shoppers everywhere need to be wary of potential scams that arise at this time of year.

An article from Engage Customer gives out some holiday scamming statistics: Read more



4 Steps to Help Your Child Create Healthy Financial Habits

Allowance is financial power for the future!

Giving your child a weekly allowance is a great way to start the conversation about creating healthy financial habits that they will carry with them into the future. Help them use their allowance as a tool that will guide them into creating good spending and saving habits. Read more



Children and Internet Safety

Are your children being safe and secure when using the internet? Are they correctly avoiding spam, and not posting personal information? By implementing a few tips and tricks, you can feel comfortable when your child logs on to a computer or tablet.
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Fake Tax Bills and the Affordable Care Act

Over the last  few weeks, the IRS has reported high number of fraudulent attempts to milk taxpayers with a supposed CP-2000 notice. These notices are sent either through email, or stamped into an envelope and sent directly to home addresses. These fake statements are asking citizens to pay off a remaining balance in relation to the Affordable Care Act health coverage. The scam was started to take advantage of the penalty taxpayers without proper health coverage have to pay.

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Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Living in the twenty first century, our personal information is transmitted on a daily occurrence. From logging in to a website, or swiping a credit card at the local store, it becomes disturbing to consider how many viable options someone has to intercept important information and potentially cause a disaster for another. The first step in protecting yourself is through awareness and knowing how to secure your private information. Here are several ways you can protect yourself. Read more



Stay Safe Online: 5 Security Tips that Help

It has always been essential to protect yourself online. However, in the wake of big data collection, the fact that privacy is getting harder to come by and ransomware viruses like the Hitler virus that can hold your computer’s content ransom– staying safe online is even more important.

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Protect Yourself Against Medical Identity Theft

Retailers and websites aren’t the only entities victimized by hackers and large data breaches.

Medical identity theft is on the rise. In 2015, Blue Cross Blue Shield suffered a hack as three of their largest health insurers were victims of major data breaches with an estimated 92 million records affected. Read more