Why Your Business Requires Security

The States and Federal Identity Theft and Privacy Protection Laws now require businesses, agencies and organizations of all sizes to protect all personal information they store, and report to all their customers whenever a breach occurs. The financial ramifications after having a data breach can be very substantial to both present and future business. In some many cases a company never does recover from a breach and is forced to close down. Currently, the average cost on a company is $3.7M per incident.

Archive for October, 2010

Oct
20

Phishing emails posing as the IRS

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Phishing Warning from IRS, Aug. 20, 2010:

There is a fraud risk you need to be aware of. It is related to the phishing emails claiming to be from Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS)

 This scam is going out to both businesses and individuals.

PhishingThe IRS recently became aware of a fraudulent scheme targeting EFTPS users, the scheme uses an e-mail that claims your tax payment was rejected and directs you to a website for additional information. The website contains malware that will attempt to infect your computer.

If you receive a phishing message claiming to be from the IRS or EFTPS, please:

Do not reply to the sender, access links on the site or submit any information to them.

  1. Forward the message as-is immediately to us at mailto:phishing@irs.gov
  2. How to report and identify phishing, e-mail scams and bogus IRS websites.
  3. If you receive a suspicious e-mail or discover a website posing as the IRS, please forward the e-mail or URL information to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.
  4. EFTPS is a tax payment system provided free by the U.S. Department of Treasury. Pay federal taxes electronically via the Internet or phone 24/7. Visit EFTPS to enroll.

Remember
The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail. Anything your receive claiming to be from the IRS is a Phishing Attack. Whenever in doubt, contact that IRS directly and don’t use any phone numbers or links listed on the Phishing email.

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Oct
19

Facebook Privacy – Whose fault is it?

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Does Facebook have a privacy problem, or do we have an information shut-up problem?

Recently, the news has been reporting on Facebook having a privacy problem. While personally I might not like that they sell private info, they are not selling anything that doesn’t already show up on an account. With Facebook’s recent privacy statement and blocking button it still comes down to who’s at fault:

  • The social media and cloud based service companies for making public information viewable;
  • The third party spiderware and bots that can go into sites and collect the information made public; or
  • The individual who puts all their personal information into Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. and thank it is private? Read More→
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Oct
10

Tips on how to create a strong password

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Uniblue (www.uniblue.com) recently posted the following arcticle on password security. While all their points are spot on, there still is one hole: How is someone expected to manage all these security tips? Answer: Power LogOn by Access Smart. (www.access-smart.com).

Uniblue Article:

(October 2010) Choosing a strong password is of great importance to everyone. However, it is not always easy to know what makes a strong and secure password which would leave hackers empty handed and reduce the potential of being a victim of other online threats. Read More→

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Oct
05

“So many paper shredders, but what’s right for me?”

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FACTA requires secure disposal of documents that contains a customer’s or employee’s personal information. Shredding is one of the easiest ways to start protecting your company from a violation. With so many different shredders and options on the market, Nancy Heaton of Fellowes will help explain how to match the shredder to your business environment.

Click here to listen to the interview with Nancy Heaton: Fellows

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Oct
01

Bogus Receipts by Email

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As we do more online business and commerce, we expect to receive a receipt for our purchases: Amazon, iTunes, etc. Well the thieves and spammers know this too and they are sending our bogus receipts with a high dollar amount just to catch your attention. A key clue that it is a scam is when you move your mouse cursor over the link, if you don’t recognize the web address displayed then odds are it is spam. Don’t fall for the scam and certainly don’t click on the links. Here are some tips to protect you: Read More→

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