- Keep Your Browser Updated to Reduce Threats!
- Take the Money Challenge and Save!
- Be Prepared: The Top ‘Social Engineering’ Scams Of 2017 – Forbes
- Cyberwar for Sale – New York Times
- SB17-002: Vulnerability Summary for the Week of December 26, 2016
- Weekly analysis – 24th December 2016 to 31st December 2016
- SB16-361: Vulnerability Summary for the Week of December 19, 2016
- Weekly analysis – 17th December 2016 to 24th December 2016
- Fancy Bear Tracks Ukraine Troop Movements via Trojanized App – Infosecurity Magazine
- Do not get cyber-Scrooged – Albany Times Union
- Don’t get cyber-Scrooged! Tips for safe online shopping – Albany Times Union
- Cybercrime Doesn’t Skip Small Towns – Emergency Management – Emergency Management
- Mass internet surveillance is unlawful say judges in blow to Snoopers’ Charter – ZDNet
- Cybercrime Doesn’t Skip Small Towns – Government Technology – Government Technology
- Lehigh Valley businesses, institutions face growing cybercrime threat – Allentown Morning Call
- SB16-354: Vulnerability Summary for the Week of December 12, 2016
- Romanian Cybercrime Suspects Extradited to Face US Charges – BankInfoSecurity.com
- Some ways to ensure a safe holiday shopping season – Inside NoVA
- LA County targeted in phishing cyberattack; private information of 750000 people compromised – The San Diego Union-Tribune
- Weekly analysis – 10th December 2016 to 17th December 2016
- How to Avoid Credit Card and Debit Card Skimmers at the ATM
You could be well on your way to being savings-savvy by the end of 2017 with this simple money savings hack! It is called the 52-Week Money Challenge. This challenge is so simple to wrap your mind around and won’t break your bank account or leave your wallet empty. In fact, if you follow the challenge to the letter, you can have almost $1400 in savings by this coming December. Put your savings account to good use and join the challenge!
Rules to get started:
Posted in Home | Comments Off on 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.
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.
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
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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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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“Consumers typically worry about credit card fraud when making purchases online or conducting ATM transactions, but over the past few years, fraudulent credit card activity has taken the form of gas station scams that use technology to victimize patrons. The key to staying safe is understanding how to protect yourself from identity theft and credit card fraud.”
Are you a “Password Re-user”? Do you use the same passwords for multiple websites?
Think of your password as a key. When you re-use passwords for multiple websites, you are essentially only using 1 key for multiple areas of your online life.