Category Archives: Internet Security

11 Tips To Protect You From Identity Theft & Related Tax Fraud

Kelly Phillips Erb If the chatter is to be believed, identity theft tops the list of taxpayer concerns for 2018. And it’s not all in your head: an Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that identity thieves stole $16 billion from 12.7 million U.S. consumers in 2014, a new victim every two seconds . Those statistics are scary but there is some good news to be found in the report: the… Read More »

How to Keep Your Laptop Safe Under the New Airline Ban

Heather Kelly Whether you wanted to binge watch TV, catch up on work, or keep a toddler from yelling for 15 hours straight, the new rules on checked-in electronics are definitely an inconvenience. But they can also present major safety issues for your hardware and data. The United States announced a new rule that bans bigger-than-a- smartphone electronics from the airline cabin on certain flights to the United States including laptops, tablets and cameras. The… Read More »

Holiday Gifts a Security Risk?

Many of the hottest gifts this past holiday season were Internet-connected: fitness trackers, smartwatches, tablets, drones and interactive toys like Mattel’s Hello Barbie™.  Unfortunately, cyber security experts say some companies failed to incorporate adequate safety measures in their rush to market new smart products. These weaknesses could potentially allow thieves to access a home network and sensitive information on its main computers. The problem isn’t new.  According to a 2014 study from computer manufacturer HP,… Read More »

Secure Holiday Shopping

According to the National Retail Foundation, almost half of this year’s holiday shopping (both browsing and buying) will be done online. With all this extra cyber activity, it’s a good time to review good online shopping practices to help protect your assets and safeguard your identity. When shopping online, use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have spending limits, and they make it easier to dispute fraudulent charges. You may even… Read More »