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Are You on the Holiday Social Media Naughty List?

Are You on the Holiday Social Media Naughty List?

The holiday season for many can be jolly, but unfortunately, it’s not immune to fraudsters and scammers. While there are many ways for these tricksters to steal your identity or your hard-earned money, this post will tell you how to help protect yourself on social media, including what to be on the lookout for and how to be safe, so you can minimize your risks and stay jolly all season long.

There is definitely no shortage of scams this season, but here are two to particularly look out for on social media:

Skimmers, Gas Pumps and You

Skimmers, Gas Pumps and You

You’ve heard about gas station skimmers. Perhaps a friend has had their credit card compromised after filling up, or you saw a criminal in a movie open up a pump and installing a device.

Well, it turns out skimmers are becoming more common—not less. For example, so far this year, authorities in Arizona have found 52 credit card skimming devices in gas pumps. In case that doesn’t sound like a lot, keep in mind that in August alone they found more than they did in all of 2015 combined. (And that’s only the ones they’ve found!)

College Identity Theft—Help Protect Yourself at School

College Identity Theft—Help Protect Yourself at School

College is an exciting—and nerve-wracking—time for most students. Between the sudden push toward independent living, the academics, the uncertainty of your future, and, of course, paying for it all, taking the higher education leap isn’t easy. Never mind college identity theft.

That’s right. With all of the flurry of activity and the various considerations students have to make, it’s understandable that a lot of students forget one of the most important aspects of college life: personal data security.

Kids, Technology and The Smart Talk

Kids, Technology and The Smart Talk

Summer camp is over. The days are getting shorter. The airwaves are dominated by ads for backpacks and new kicks. Yes, it’s back-to-school season, and that means before your child steps foot in first period, you need to have the talk. Not that talk (although if age appropriate you may want to have that, too) but, rather, The Smart Talk—setting rules for appropriate use of their devices and navigation of the online world.

Hotel Data Breach Affects Properties in 10 States and D.C.

Hotel Data Breach Affects Properties in 10 States and D.C.

If you used a credit or debit card at one of 20 hotels run by HEI Hotels & Resorts over the past 18 months, you might be the unwitting victim of a hotel data breach. The affected properties include several well-known brands, such as Hyatt, Marriott, and Westin, located in 10 states and the District of Columbia.