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? …

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 …

4 Steps to Protect Customer Information

As if the COVID-19 pandemic were not enough, businesses and consumers need to be hyper-vigilant about their personal information and it landing in the wrong hands. In October it was announced that Blackbaud, a cloud-based fundraising database management vendor for non-profits and educational institutions, became victim to a ransomware attack beginning in February 2020, which remained undetected until May 2020. Blackbaud …

Medical Identity Theft Affecting 1.84 Million U.S. Victims

Consumer awareness lacking, as industry group is formed to address issue From www.healthcare-informatics.com by: John Gaspari Medical identity fraud has increased nearly 20 percent compared to the year before in the U.S., affecting an estimated 1.84 victims and having a total out-of-pocket medical cost incurred by medical identity theft victims to be $12.3 billion. Those are takeaways of the 2013 …

Is the Data Storage in Your Smartphone a Window into Your Life?

It seems as though every few months our smartphones are getting smarter and smarter. The ability to provide immediate information, an instant connection, geo-tagging, or even mobile banking has provided a convenience that leaves us wondering how we ever managed without it. Though the technology is ever advancing and making our lives innumerably better, the abundance of information in a …

This Week in Identity Theft

At DataShield, we spend a lot of time talking about the dangers of identity theft — but even so, it’s often easy to forget that people have their identities stolen on a regular basis. Identity Theft Cases This Week As a reminder of the real-life dangers of identity theft, here are a few notable cases from around the country from …