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Security Spotlight

Security Spotlight: Avoiding Holiday Shopping Scams

Posted by Gretel Egan on Nov 21, 2016 11:44:12 AM

With the 2016 holiday shopping season soon to be in full swing, cybercriminals are working overtime to turn your deal hunt into a score for the bad guys.

Below, we outline a few perennial holiday shopping scams, as well as a couple of newcomers to the scene. Familiarize yourself with the warning signs associated with these hoaxes and our tips for avoiding them. Help make your holidays memorable for the right reasons, not the wrong ones.

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Security Spotlight: Avoiding Election Scams

Posted by Kym Harper on Oct 28, 2016 10:32:40 AM

As the U.S. enters the final weeks of a heated presidential election race, voters are being bombarded with political messages – and a slew of election-related scams. As November approaches, we expect to see a continued rise in political phishing emails, suspicious donation requests, and voter registration and survey scams.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has cautioned voters against these types of scams, which occur every election cycle because they continue to work. While educating yourself on the candidates is important during any election, it’s just as critical to stay on top of potential security threats at the polls and at home.

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Security Spotlight: Avoiding Tax-Related Scams

Posted by Gretel Egan on Feb 22, 2016 10:28:24 AM

It’s that most stressful time of the year for millions of Americans: tax season. As you search for deductions and gather your W-2s, 1098s, and 1095s, you should also be on the lookout for bogus Internal Revenue Service emails, phone calls, and tax-related scams.

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Security Spotlight: https

Posted by Gretel Egan on Nov 5, 2014 5:01:43 PM

You’ve no doubt heard some of these common https refrains:

  1. If you’re logging into a site on open WiFi, you must use https.
  2. Https adds an important layer of security to online communications.
  3. If you’re on free WiFi, https can help keep your communications safe.

There’s not a thing wrong with these messages about https; in fact, they are quite right, and they are present in our own training about mobile and WiFi security. And if you’ve been sharing these messages with your employees, you are doing them — and your organization — a great service.

It’s important, however, to recognize that https is not a guaranteed ticket to online safety and security.

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