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Beware of Free Product Scams on Social Media

Beware of Free Product Scams on Social Media

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Technology has opened its door to many things. We can communicate faster, stay more in touch, and quickly obtain our household needs. As good as this is, it comes with a price. Through the combination of Amazon and social media, free product scams dupe would-be consumers at an alarming rate. How free product scams work Free product scams work by blending the technologies of several different platforms. What begins as an offer for a free item, turns into the classic bait and switch. Below is a full explanation of the process.  Part 1: Amazon Amazon, as a platform, depends on a...
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FEMA Privacy Incident Discovered During Audit

FEMA Privacy Incident Discovered During Audit

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The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General discovered that FEMA overshared vital personal data with a contractor. Federal Agency Records Officers sent millions of letters to disaster survivors. Each notice informed about the FEMA privacy incident and the ways FEMA is rectifying the situation. FEMA's 2019 data breach In the past, when disaster survivors were unable to return home, FEMA's Transitional Sheltering Assistance program provided hotel accommodations. FEMA would collect and share survivor information with its contractor. This info included banking data to reimburse those affected by natural disasters directly. The problem occurred because FEMA has not activated...
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The Best Social Media Security Tips for Internet Safety

The Best Social Media Safety Tips

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To some, platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are a necessity for communication. More so, it seems like all other internet applications use Facebook permissions to log in. Because these networks are prevalent in our everyday lives, it's important to understand a few social media safety tips. Here are 10 things you can do right now to have a safer social media experience. 1: Check your privacy settings The fewer people that have access to your data the better. Even if you feel that sharing a few posts is no big deal, essentially the details add up. A person...
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How Phones Impact Mobile Banking and Other Conveniences

How Phones Impact Mobile Banking and Other Conveniences

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Technology has a way of changing everything we do, including the way we bank. With news of Apple releasing 3 new iPhones in the near future, we began to wonder. How do phones impact mobile banking and other conveniences? Sure we could "survive" without online bill pay or depositing our checks using an app, but would we want to? Developers have to be versatile In order for a phone app to succeed, it has to be versatile. That means different types of phones have to be able to utilize it. Sure, you could write code that only caters to one type of...
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Doing Business in a Store Without Cashiers?

Doing Business in a Store Without Cashiers?

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It's a growing trend all over the news. In an increasing effort to be more efficient, kiosks are replacing clerks. What is it like doing business in a store without cashiers? And why does this matter? For some, they enjoy the get-and-go factor. Furthermore, self-checkout kiosks seem like an easy solution to long lines. However, for others, they feel burdened by the lack of human assistance.  Let's take a closer look at the kiosk movement to discover if it's everything it's meant to be. Forbes paints the picture Over and over, Forbes reports about businesses that are switching away from...
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Don't Let Wire Fraud Scams Ruin Your Day

Here’s What You Need To Know About Email Scams

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Imagine, you receive an email from a stranger and it urgently demands that you transfer money to them. You'd quickly hit delete, right? Well, since some criminals are relentless and will do anything to pursue easy money, email scams are a bit harder to spot. In fact, when a group of people was asked to identify which emails they thought were fake, many of them could not tell the difference. It can be very scary to know that email spoofs are on the rise. And because of this, we put together 6 examples of this trending new cybercrime that you should know about....
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The FBI Says It’s Time to Reboot Routers In Your Home

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According the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as many as 500,000 routers in more than 50 countries were found to be compromised by malware. On May 25, the FBI issued a statement with this headline: “Foreign cyber actors target home and office routers and networked devices worldwide.” This threat is mainly affecting home office and small office routers, however it is still suggested that you reboot routers in your home to be safe even if your router is not on the affected list. Fortunately, you can be reboot routers with a few simple steps. It’s important to note that...
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IRS Warning – Don’t Take the Bait! | What to Know About Cyber Phishing

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Tax season has arrived, and cyber criminals are hanging out the “Gone Phishing” signs. “Phishing” scams prey on a broad group of victims with the intention of snagging just a few. Criminals pose as familiar, trusted individuals in order to obtain sensitive information that can be used to file fraudulent tax returns. When a specific group of victims is targeted – such as tax professionals – the scam is known as “spear phishing”. A spear phishing attack begins with an innocent-looking email. The criminal usually baits the hook by using a familiar phrase in the subject line, such as “Tax...
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Email Scams – What to Do When It Happens to You

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Falling for an email scam – known as phishing – can happen to even the most vigilant Web user. Cyber criminals continue to up the ante with ever more sophisticated scams, so it’s not really a question of IF it will happen to you, but rather WHEN it will happen, and HOW you will respond to the threat. Follow these steps to help protect your online interactions. Change Passwords If you have provided any personal information or passwords in response to a phishing scam change ALL your passwords immediately. This includes email accounts, online accounts, bank accounts and debit card...
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Protect Yourself from Scams

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We see it in the news every week – some unsuspecting grandmother tries to withdraw money from an imposter ATM, and instead of getting cash, she loses her life savings as scammers clean out her bank account. “That would never happen to me!” you think – until you become the victim of a “faceless” crime. You won’t even know it is happening until it’s too late. As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do the schemes of those who seek to steal your hard earned savings. A little awareness now can save you a whole lot of time, money and aggravation...
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