cyber security

Yet ANOTHER breach: The Capital One Breach

August 7, 2019

Another day, another breach. This time it is Capital One. The news in a nutshell: the creditor was hacked and personal information was jeopardized. Here is what Capital One says: Based on analysis, over 100 million in the US and over 6 million in Canada are affected. Those individuals and small businesses that applied for […]

Is Your Social Security Number Secure?

April 22, 2019

My friend was truly panicked. Last week, American Express called on a recorded line, to verify a recent credit card application. She had not applied for credit and they suggested she put a fraud alert on her social security number. She did so with TransUnion only. Yesterday, Capital One called on a recorded line to […]

Virtual Kidnapping – It Is All Too Real

April 4, 2019

Last night at 10:30pm, I had sleepily turned off the news when the phone rang. At that time of night, my heart stops a little and confusion set in all the more, especially when the caller ID looked as if I was calling myself. Curious, I answered. It was “Microsoft” to tell me that my […]

Looking For Help In All The Wrong Places

January 17, 2019

The voice on the other end of the phone was a very concerned doctor. He had just gotten off the phone with whom he thought was Intuit QuickBooks support. “I Googled™ QuickBooks support. I thought it was Intuit,” he said slowly. He wasn’t suspicious when the support person who answered had an accent, as he […]

Social Media Enabled Scams

December 5, 2018

This particular scam targets seniors.   Grandparents are getting phone calls about one of their grandchildren. The grandchild is in some kind of legal trouble and needs money to bail them out. The caller has a lot of details about their grandkids. It sounds convincing. One senior even talked to his “grandson” who sounded like […]

Identity Theft Protection Just Got Easier

September 25, 2018

It was on one of my mom’s hospital visits that I had a most interesting conversation with her doctor. He had just received a phone call from a title company in another town and state asking if he was going to make it to the closing of his new home. Not only was he not […]

Sextortion: The Hottest Phishing Scam To Hit Your Inbox

August 29, 2018

What Is Sextortion? Recently, news of a widespread sextortion phishing scam has surfaced. Sextortion occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them with images of a sexual nature, sexual favors, or money. It Hit The News Mid-July. July 12th Brian Krebs broke the story online. Many of his […]