We have all heard the “Buyer Beware” expression for retail shopping…but it is even more applicable for online shopping.
The United States Department of Homeland Security is urging people to be careful if they are running the browser add-on or computer programming language known as Java. It is installed by default on more than 850 million machines, and chances are, it is leaving your computer open to attack. The issue is so serious that, in a rare announcement, DHS is urging all users to uninstall the widespread plugin immediately. …
Although most of us think that getting hacked won’t happen to us, it does happen. All the time. Sometimes it’s obvious – if you see your friend on Facebook posting odd things, you can give a shout out to her that her account has been compromised. Other times it’s more subtle – resulting in your personal information being stolen (along with your identity).
Years ago, someone stole my identity. I had just gotten married, and suddenly my credit report was completely crazy, with new car purchases, new credit cards, you name it. Insult to injury was the fact that my thieves had unfortunate taste: they preferred shopping at K-Mart and bought used cars. Fortunately for me, the people who did it were eventually caught. The officer handling the case called me at work …
This week the 12th Annual Wired Safety Summit convened and brought together members including teens, tweens, lawmakers, parents, and companies who are dedicated to promoting online safety. Originally started in 1995 as an organization that rated websites, WiredSafety.org transformed into becoming a group that promotes education to cyberspace users of all ages on a myriad of Internet and interactive technology safety, privacy and security issues. It also includes protecting children …
Phishing. It’s not the sport of pulling finned creatures out of water, nor it is the name of the rock band’s latest tour. Instead, it’s a way to lure computer users into providing sensitive information for the purpose of identify theft through online and email scams.
How easy is it for thieves to steal your child’s identity? Easy. Most children already have social security numbers established, which immediately puts them on the map for identity theft. Their sparkling clean credit records are very appealing to thieves.
You are shopping safely online, aren’t you? Aren’t you? If you’re not, you are putting yourself at risk for all sorts of fun things, such as getting your account information stolen, credit or debit fraud, or identity theft.
SMiShing (SMS plus phishing) is very much like phishing, but uses text messages instead of emails to try to get you to open links and give out personal and financial information.
A SMiShing message usually contains something that looks like it came from your financial institution, or an alarming message stating you’ll be charged a certain fee if you don’t act immediately.
Here’s several basic steps you can take to protect your identity and personal information online right now.