National Social Security Month Illuminates Dangerous Scams

National Social Security Month is celebrated in April and is dedicated to educating people about Social Security programs and services. In 2019, about 64 million Americans will receive Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, whether you already receive benefits or not, your Social Security account is an enticing target for scammers. The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates…

Spring into Home Improvement

Spring has officially sprung! Now is the perfect time to start planning out those home improvement and maintenance projects that you’ve been putting off all year long. Consider these recommendations from BBB to spring your home back into pristine shape and avoid big repair bills later. Spring Home Maintenance Checklist: Examine the roof Your roof…

Protecting Minors from the Growing Threat of Identity Theft

Identity theft can happen at any age, but it’s a growing problem amongst children. According to the 2018 Child Identity Fraud Study by Javelin Strategy & Research, more than 1 million children in the U.S. were victims of identity theft last year, resulting in losses of $2.67 billion. But thanks to a new federal law…

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 2 Billion 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…