March 2014: Staying ahead of cyberthreats
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More and more of our daily lives: socializing; shopping; banking; and even our medical care; is taking place online.

So what can you do to stay safe? Three key things: Stop. Think. Connect. Take the time to think through what you post; where you connect; and what you're doing to protect yourself and your devices when working online. For more specific tips, read our main article below.

Upgrading to ARX-ID Complete also gives you advanced monitoring options to detect unauthorized use of your passwords and online credentials, and allows us to search for your info on the Internet Black Market that buys and sells stolen identities. For more info, log into myCoreID.com for details on plan features.

Daniel J. Benish
President & CEO
CORE ID Services, LLC
 

Top Tips for Staying Safe Online

  • Look for "https://"- If you're shopping, banking online, or using a site that requires a password (like social media), make sure the address begins with https:// or shttp:// - that "S" stands for secure. http:// is not secure. Use the prefix when you type in the address too, to make sure you aren't going to a counterfeit mirror site. (ex.: https://www.twitter.com, not just www.twitter.com).
  • "Vaccinate" your computer against viruses. Many hacking attempts come through computer viruses that can be hidden in videos, attachments, or apps. Keeping your anti-virus software up-to-date can help limit your risk. Downloading other software updates can also help patch security holes.
 
  • Use long, strong passwords.Complex passwords that combine letters, numerals and symbols are harder to guess. And make sure you use a different password for each site - many hackers will steal passwords from less secure sites hoping it will give them access to ones that are harder to hack, like your banking site.
 
  • Beware of public wi-fi. Wi-Fi hotspots may seem convenient, but they also make it easy for hackers to access whatever you're doing online. Never access sensitive sites or enter private data when you're on a public network.
 
  • Sniff out "phishy" emails and texts. Fraudsters have posed as the IRS, Netflix, Twitter, PayPal, UPS and many banks in phony emails asking you to provide personal info or update your password. Don't do it! If you think it could be real, call the source and ask if they sent it.
 
  • Find us on Facebook or Twitter (@COREIDServices)Find us on Facebook!. Follow us on Twitter! @COREIDServicesWe regularly post new scam warnings, tips, news, guides and breach alerts, to help keep you on top of the latest threats.


Parent Resources

From social media to gaming sites, most kids today have an active online life. Parents are right to be concerned about the real-life risks their children face in the virtual world.

Be prepared to teach your children how to stay safe, just as you taught them to look both ways when crossing a street.

Here are some resources that may help:


 

Rather watch than read?
Check out this video from OnGuard Online about cybersafety.

Data Breach Roundup

Check out these recent breaches to see if your information could have been compromised:

Sally Beauty Stores: Customer payment cards exposed

Univ of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Employee data breach leads to tax return ID thefts

NoMoreRack.com: investigating possible card breach

 




SCAM ALERT

The FTC is going after debt collectors who are pretending to be federal or state officials, threatening lawsuits or prison time without payment.

Here are some things to know if you get a call like this:
  • Federal government agencies do not ask people to send money for unpaid loans.
  • Legitimate callers will not ask you to wire money or load a rechargeable money card.
  • Even if you owe money, you have rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices.
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