Managing the Spike in COVID-19 Related Scams and Identity Theft

The huge shifts in society brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have left many people in vulnerable situations. And unfortunately, scammers and identity thieves are quick to take advantage of difficult times. Many new scams related to the pandemic have popped up in recent months, robbing people who are already under immense stress of their finances and identities. To prevent …

3 things you should do after a data breach

How to minimize damage and prevent future breaches. In 2019, over one-third of small businesses experienced a data breach or information security issue. Although data breaches at large organizations grab headlines, small organizations are often bigger targets and just as, if not more likely, to experience a breach than large corporations because they have enough valuable assets worth pursuing and …

The Small Office Shredder: Friend or Foe?

Junk mail, receipts, business paperwork, credit card statements, and healthcare information—the list goes on and on. But the bottom line is it’s all paperwork that needs to be shredded. You know better than to discard personal information that could be used to commit identity theft in the trash, but is tackling it with your small office shredder really any better? …

What’s Your Personal Data Worth on the Dark Web?

Recent data breaches involving health insurance giant Anthem Inc. and Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading operators of general acute care hospitals that operates in 29 states, has patients on high alert their personal information may be compromised. So just what is the cost for thieves to obtain your personal data including banking information, personal health records and even your Facebook account …

3 Steps to Safe Guard the Office Copier from Data Breach

With over 164.68 million records exposed in 2019 through data breaches, reviewing your business security risks annually makes good sense. Many business owners are savvy about basic fraud prevention and protecting consumer data but digital copiers can be the source for a data breach that is often overlooked. Multi-function copy machines are essential to the success of any business—from making …

Resident Finds Confidential Documents in Apartment Dumpster

On March 12, residents of an Odessa, TX, apartment complex witnessed their worst fear: having their most private information exposed. Management of the apartment complex put their tenants at risk of identity theft by not taking secure measures to properly dispose of confidential documents. NewsWest 9 reported the following story: ODESSA, TX A disturbing find in a dumpster at an …

Study Reveals Confidential Information Found on Recycled Computers

A recent study conducted by the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID) showed 40% of recycled computers contain personally identifiable information (PII). This is the largest study to date evaluating the presence of personal information on computers, phones, and tablets sold on the secondary market. Since so many of the devices we use have electronic storage, no one is safe …

5 Common Tax Scams Leading to Identity Theft

Tax season, for many people, means a nice, big refund check. For others, it means getting scammed. Tax identity theft occurs when identity thieves use a legitimate taxpayer’s identity to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. The IRS is aware of this growing concern, but unfortunately, tax returns still get divvied out to thieves in identity theft …

Target Reveals 70 Million Affected By Security Breach

The massive Target data breach won’t be escaping people’s minds anytime soon. What began as a case of credit card hacking turned into much more when Target released that hackers have PIN numbers as well. The latest news shows that even more secure data may be exposed than initially expected. Target Security Breach In a recent report on the breach, …