All Posts Tagged: cybersecurity

Impacted by the Equifax breach? Five steps to help protect yourself

David Pollino
Security

If your personal identifying information was compromised as part of the recent Equifax data breach, you are in good company: The breach impacted about half the U.S. population, including me. (You can check here.)

Here are the steps that I am Man looking at credit card and iPadtaking to help protect myself and my financial accounts in the wake of the breach:

  • Take advantage of free credit monitoring from Equifax. Criminals can use the breached information to open new loan or deposit accounts. The service will help you monitor for nefarious activity and get fraudulent accounts shut down. When you sign up, check the report carefully for accuracy. (UPDATE: Be sure to read all the terms & conditions before you sign up, and exercise caution in sharing any personal information in the online process.)
  • Monitor your existing accounts for unauthorized activity. I use mobile apps to check my banking and credit accounts daily to verify transactions.
  • Sign up for account alerts. Most financial institutions will notify you of unusual activity on your accounts.
  • Take quick action, if you notice anything out of the ordinary. Contact your bank or credit card company as soon as you suspect fraudulent activity on your account.
  • Update your contact information. Make sure your bank and other financial institutions have your correct phone numbers, email addresses and mailing address to contact you in the event of suspicious account activity.

Equifax is the latest high-profile data breach, but similar cybersecurity crimes happen all too frequently. Please make these steps part of your regular routine to help protect yourself from cybercriminals. #BeCyberSafe

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Business safety lessons from Target, Home Depot hacks

David Pollino
Security
View over the shoulder of a male Home Depot worker with computer and paperwork in the aisle of a large store.

All it takes is one device to become infected or infiltrated by hackers to expose a business’s entire network and put its customers at risk.

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4 tips to help avoid prepaid debit card scams

David Pollino
Security
Female small biz owner taking a customer

Beware of the latest phone scam, this one stealing money from businesses and consumers via prepaid debit cards.

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