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Safer Internet Day, for a Better Internet

Safer Internet Day, for a Better Internet

Today is Safer Internet Day: a day where all digital citizens are called to unite for a better internet. To do my part in making the information superhighway better, I’ve decided to bring my kids along for the ride. As technology evolves and continues to play an ever-increasing role in our kids’ lives, I can’t think of a better day than Safer Internet Day to have a check-in conversation with my kids about their online behavior, safety, and responsibility.

One of the Most Dangerous Email Phishing Scams

One of the Most Dangerous Email Phishing Scams

If it works, keep doing it—and make it better. That seems to be the philosophy of some identity thieves. Of course, “better” for them is “worse” for the rest of us. In this case, the issue is a scam that caught a lot of attention last year—the Form W-2 phishing scam—combined with an older, wire-transfer scam. As a result, thieves are using email to target some organizations in two ways.

Biggest Year Yet for Identity Fraud.

Biggest Year Yet for Identity Fraud.

Today, Javelin Strategy & Research issued their 2017 Identity Fraud Study. Identity fraud is at an all-time high with 15.4 million US victims in 2016, up 16 percent from the previous year. That’s a lot of fraud victims, especially when you consider what individuals face when they experience this kind of crime. Many people don’t find out about fraud committed in their name until they find a new credit card statement in the mail or start receiving calls from collections agencies.

Gas Pump Skimming: It’s Still a Thing

Gas Pump Skimming: It’s Still a Thing

A little over a year ago, a shift in liability prompted most retailers to start accepting the more secure EMV cards (you know, those with the chip). Gas stations still had a couple of extra years to comply. The thinking was something along these lines: There are a lot of gas stations with a lot of credit card readers, many are small businesses, and upgrading payment technology can get expensive. One wonders if they didn’t also think about gas pump skimming.

Bad Passwords. Look Familiar?

Bad Passwords. Look Familiar?

Do you know bad passwords when you see them? What’s the worst you can think of? Maybe it’s one of these:

  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • qwerty
  • 12345678
  • 111111

Pretty bad, huh? Also, pretty popular.