Posted in: Personal Protection

Fraud Happens…How Will You Protect Your Information?

October 14, 2014 | By:

Oct 2014 AR_Fraud Protection Plan

A trip to the beach this past summer gave me yet another new perspective on sharing information online. Think of the World Wide Web as an ocean: its vast deepness invisible to us on the surface. Now imagine your personal information is a baby sea turtle.  Stay with me, because your personally identifiable information has an …

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Robocalls Target Senior Citizens

October 13, 2014 | By:

Robocalls

There’s an illegal and downright annoying scam targeting senior citizens, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Medical alert companies have been using robocalling to con unsuspecting victims into ordering their not-so-free, “free” products. Robocalling is when a perpetrator uses an auto dialer to call a large number of people at once. If the …

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Posted in: Small Business Protection

Data Encryption Trends in Companies Worldwide

October 8, 2014 | By:

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The term encryption, previously relegated to business circles, has become part of common usage as data breaches become almost daily news and the public becomes aware of the need to protect data. But what exactly is encryption? In basic terms, it’s the process of encoding information in such a way that only authorized parties can …

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Shellshock SuperBug Discovered: Are Your Web-based Devices at Risk?

September 26, 2014 | By:

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Update: 1:00 p.m. ET: New software updates have been released to protect users from the Shellshock bug. On September 29, Apple released three security flaw patches for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion to combat the bug. Concerned users can click here for more information regarding software updates for Mac OS X. Red Hat, an open …

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Business Ethics From the Top Down Can Prevent Fraud

September 23, 2014 | By:

Business Ethics

By now we’re all too familiar with sordid tales of greed and fraud committed by executives at the highest levels of corporate America, from Bernie Ebbers (ex-CEO of WorldCom, the nation’s second largest long distance company) to Bernie Madoff (former investment broker). The economic ruin left in the wake of such fraud — companies destroyed, …

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Back-to-School Child Identity Theft Protection 101

September 16, 2014 | By:

Back to School Child ID Theft Protection 101-1

Perhaps you take your 16-year-old to get her long-awaited driver’s license—and find her application denied because another person already has a license that uses her Social Security number (SSN). Or maybe you open your mailbox one afternoon to find a pile of bills and bank statements … all in the name of your 7-year-old son. …

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Failing Our Youth: Identity Theft in Foster Care

August 26, 2014 | By:

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Foster care provides numerous children with a nurturing environment in which they can grow and prosper. Unfortunately, the system has become plagued with fraudsters who destroy the credit of foster care children through identity theft.

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Start with Your Staff to Prevent Fraud in Your Small Business

August 21, 2014 | By:

STARTWITHYOURSTAFF

Small businesses are both disproportionately victimized by fraud and under-protected by anti-fraud controls, according to the 2014 Report to the Nations from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The report found that 77 percent of frauds were committed by employees working in one of seven departments: accounting, operations, sales, executive/upper management, customer service, purchasing …

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What Is the Value of Your Social Identity?

August 12, 2014 | By:

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Test your social media savvy. Are the following three statements true or false? Social media is actually losing popularity.More adults are on Facebook than teens.Your social identity isn’t worth much — monetarily.If you answered “false” across the board, congratulations! But those are just highlights of a much bigger story. Social media continues to gain users …

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