How to protect yourself from credential stuffing

According to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), credential stuffing is defined as a type of cyber attack where stolen account credentials typically consisting of usernames, email addresses and/or the corresponding passwords are used to gain unauthorized access to user accounts. The term was originally coined by Shape Security co-founder Sumit Aarwal when he…

Over 2B stolen emails and passwords are circulating online

According to Hasso Plattner Institute, a German research group, approximately 2.2 billion stolen records have surfaced online for criminals to access and share. Initially, almost 773 million unique usernames and passwords were thought to have been exposed online. Security researcher Troy Hunt identified the first grouping named Collection #1 by its anonymous creator. But analysts…

5 tips for National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

Tax season is here, and that means opportunities for identity thieves to steal your personal information are at their greatest. Identity theft can happen any time of year, but during tax filing season, tax identity theft is especially common. Learn how to reduce your risk of becoming a victim during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week,…

Tax season still on schedule despite government shutdown

The partial government shutdown is now in its 34th day. Despite being the longest-running federal government shutdown in history, tax season is set to proceed as normal. The 2019 tax filing season will begin on Monday, January 28, with U.S. taxpayers having until Monday, April 15 to file their annual tax returns. According to an…

Apple phishing scams are growing more sophisticated

The security blog, Krebs on Security by prominent security expert Brian Krebs recently reported a new phone-based phishing scam that spoofs Apple Inc. The scam starts with iPhone users receiving an automated call that despite being spoofed, displays the Apple logo, correct phone number, street address and web address (minus the “s” at the end…

Government shutdown: how you could be affected

As the federal government enters the third week of its partial shutdown, federal employees are not the only ones affected. Consumers across the country may notice the consequences of the shutdown, from closed national museums and parks to delays in buying a new home. The federal government partially shut down at midnight on December 22,…

10 resolutions for a safe, scam-free new year

The start of a new year is the perfect time to resolve to protect your personal and financial information. BBB presents the following 10 New Year’s resolutions to fight scammers, prevent identity theft and save money in 2019. 1. Check Your Credit Report You are entitled to a free credit report each year from each…

BBB’s 12 Scams of Christmas

You’ve heard of the “12 Days of Christmas,” but what about the 12 Scams of Christmas? While you’re busy shopping, gift-wrapping and making holiday cookies, unscrupulous scammers are busy finding their next victim. BBB doesn’t want it to be you. Here are the top 12 scams to be aware of this holiday season: On the…

Mark Your Calendars: Important Shipping Deadlines for Holiday Gifts

With Christmas less than three weeks away, the deadline to ship gifts so they make it by Christmas Eve is fast approaching. Whether you’re shipping toys, gadgets, holiday cards or baked goods, make sure your gifts arrive on time with the recommended shipping deadlines from FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. The earlier you…

BBB’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Need help channeling your inner Santa this holiday season? Take the stress out of shopping and let BBB help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. You’ll be wrapping things up in no time with these holiday gift ideas! Gifts for Parents There’s no doubt your folks deserve a whole lot of…