Monthly Archive: November 2012

Lax State Online Filing Systems Are Fueling Business Identity Theft

It’s no secret that identity theft is the Number One cause of consumer fraud complaints in the U.S. But it’s not widely known that businesses are increasingly being targeted for identity theft. According to Dun and Bradstreet, inadequate data-quality checks have enabled criminals to use government websites to steal the identities of legitimate businesses to perpetrate crimes.

Find out why your company could be the next ID theft victim and what you can do to prevent it.

 

Is the UN Trying to Take Over the Internet?

Is the United Nations trying to take over the Internet? The short answer is yes, they are.

This is not getting as much press as PIPA and SOPA, yet it’s urgent that people understand what is at stake: nothing less than the freedom of an open and unregulated Internet. In a few weeks, it may be too late.

So what can you do? Read more to learn about these proposed changes and why you must let other people know about them.

ID Analytics Study: More Than 10,000 ‘Identity Fraud Rings’ In United States

If you live in the southeast U.S. and/or have a wireless cell plan, this may not be the news you were hoping to read today.

A new study says there are more than 10,000 identity fraud rings in the United States, with some found in Detroit but the highest concentration of fraud mostly in the southeast, specifically Washington D.C.;  Tampa, FL; Greenville, MS, Macon, GA; and Montgomery, AL.

So what will you do today to prevent becoming a victim tomorrow? Read on for more information and tips.

 

The Petraeus Affair and the Dangerous Link between Our Online and Offline Privacy

By now, most of us have heard about the ever-widening scandal that began with the revelation of an affair between General David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, his biographer.

To recap, Broadwell and General Petraeus, both married, allegedly engaged in an affair that began last summer and ended a few months ago. General Petraeus was the director of the CIA and a highly decorated army commander, but he stepped down from his post late last week when the affair became public.

Keep reading to find out what laws are in place — if any — to curb law enforcement from finding out all the sordid details about our lives.

 

Unencrypted Electronic Healthcare Records: The Biggest Threat to Patient Privacy Protection

If you think healthcare data breaches that expose patients’ sensitive information are rare events, think again. A recent study found that 43% of all data breaches happened in the healthcare sector. During the past three years, 21 million healthcare records have been compromised, according to HHS. Could yours be one of them?

Find out how unencrypted health data and mobile devices are jeopardizing patient privacy protection and exposing you to identity theft.

Head’s Up, Business Owners: Phishing Scam Looks Like BBB Email…But It’s Not

The Better Business Bureau has shut down 100 phony websites and alerted law enforcement that the BBB name and logo are being fraudulently used by criminals in an ongoing phishing scam.

The phony emails are similar to a notice of a complaint from BBB, but contain links to malware that can infect your computer and steal passwords.

Read on to find out what the BBB had to say in its official release about malware and scams affecting both business owners and consumers.

 

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Ask the Expert: Where do Obama and Romney Stand on Internet Policy and Online Privacy?

Q: “With all the political noise out there this campaign season, I haven’t heard where both presidential candidates stand regarding Internet policy and online privacy. Since I believe this is such an important topic, can you fill us in?”

A: You would think that with as much money and hot air that is being put out there by both candidates that they would spend a bit of time detailing their Internet and online privacy policies. There is a significant difference between them.

No matter which way you intend to vote tomorrow, it’s important that you understand these differences, since they could have a significant impact on you and our country as a whole.

Study Finds Business Cybercrime and Cyber Losses Are Soaring: Is Your Customers’ Sensitive Information Secure?

Do you know what could happen to your company if your customers’ sensitive information ended up in the hands of cybercriminals? All it takes is one hacker or one virus to invade your network and cause a data breach that could lead to catastrophic losses.

Unfortunately, many business owners are still operating under the mistaken assumption that their business insurance policy covers the costs for damages resulting from a data breach. By the time they find out that’s not true, it could be too late.