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WannaCry? Don’t. Patch instead.

WannaCry? Don’t. Patch instead.

As I write this, there’s an automated malware attack burning across the internet and around the globe. The WannaCry malware is installing ransomware on Windows systems that has shutdown hospitals, police stations, government agencies and businesses in at least 150 countries. You’ve seen all the headlines about it, and probably walked away feeling a little hopeless about computer security. In reality you have more control than you probably realize. You know all that boring security advice about keeping your devices up to date? I’m going to tell you why that really matters to you.

Shedding Light on the Dark Web

Shedding Light on the Dark Web

Last week, a massive phishing attack using a fake “Google Docs” app made headlines. While Google was able to stop the attack within a few hours, in that short time the phishing attack reached an estimated 1 million people. Anyone who fell for the scam gave the attackers full access to their email account, including their list of contacts. The stolen data could then be sold on the Dark Web and elsewhere, used to commit identity fraud, and launch further attacks against the victim’s contacts.

But what the heck is the Dark Web really?

The Pain of Tax Refund Fraud vs. Root Canal

The Pain of Tax Refund Fraud vs. Root Canal

Roughly one in six Americans despise filing their taxes so much that they’d rather get a root canal. Filing can be even worse if you’re a victim of tax refund fraud.

I get it—filing taxes isn’t fun. Just like having dental work done, filing taxes can be a painful experience. But tax season can get even worse if you become a victim of tax-related identity fraud.

The Reality
Anyone, anywhere at any time can become a victim of tax-related identity fraud. It’s an easy crime for thieves to commit, and a lucrative one too.

Tackling Emerging Cyber Threats

Tackling Emerging Cyber Threats

Working at LifeLock in cybersecurity, I occupy a unique space defending against emerging cyber threats that may affect both our members and our business. It was an honor to share that perspective during a recent event put on by the National Cyber Security Alliance at Nasdaq headquarters in New York.

Layers of Defense
As cyber attacks become more sophisticated, they often attempt to exploit the weakest link in the system. Sometimes this involves trying to take advantage of a technical flaw, and sometimes, a human, who can be tricked into helping an attacker. It may therefore come as no surprise that defense systems rely on layers of protection, addressing potential threats through both a human perspective, with training, and technology solutions.

Beating the Income Tax Fraudsters

Beating the Income Tax Fraudsters

Tax season: not exactly everybody’s favorite time of the year, but for income tax fraudsters—it’s payday! Why? Because submitting fraudulent tax returns in your name and stealing the refund money is an easy thing to do. The W-2 form that your company just mailed to you isn’t even required.  All fraudsters need is your Social Security number, name, and date of birth, then bingo. They can file your return and have it deposited onto a prepaid debit card, which is as good as cash. They walk away richer, and you’re left holding the bag.