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Why This Holiday is High Season for Hackers

This year?  Hackers have your Equifax data. These details of your personal information open up a world of new advantages and opportunities for exploitation. It's getting easier for cybercriminals to make your life miserable while in Q3-2017 alone we saw ransomware up 600% and the FBI reporting damages closing in on the $5 billion mark. 

Whatever you're celebrating, for hackers this year is going to be a holiday to remember.

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Topics: Privacy and Online Safety for Individuals, Protecting Home and Family from Cyber-Crime, Cybercrime Prevention

Surviving Equifax and the New Normal for Cybercrime.

If you haven't accepted the "new normal" for cyber risk yet, the Equifax breach ought to do the trick.  Here's the why, what, and how of freezing your credit files and much more.

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Topics: Privacy and Online Safety for Individuals, Protecting Home and Family from Cyber-Crime, Cybercrime Prevention

Keeping the Net Neutral for Security and Privacy

This week's blog by Dr. Gary Kessler, professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Head of the Department of Security Studies and International Affairs at the university's main campus in Daytona Beach, FL.  Dr. Kessler is a member of Total Digital Security's Board of Directors and a nationally recognized expert in the cybersecurity field. 

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Topics: Privacy and Online Safety for Individuals

The Rise of the Hacker for Hire

The criminal version of a hacker-for-hire is like a combination private eye and hitman. In each case, the professional is paid on contract to gain access to information that will give the hiring party an upper-hand in order to damage or destroy the victim. And, like it's traditional counterpart, the criminal hacker for-hire's target is specific, the purpose has a clear agenda and plan, and motives are driven by vendettas old as humankind; money, love, sex, revenge, and pride. 

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Topics: Privacy and Online Safety for Individuals, Cyber Crime, Private Email Domains

Defending from IRS Tax Refund Fraud and ID Theft in 2016

It's easy to do, it's free, it's very effective, and you don't have to wait to be a victim before using the IRS's Form 14039 to protect your identity and tax records to file the form to reduce the risk of being a victim of tax-related frauds and scams in 2016.

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Topics: Privacy and Online Safety for Individuals, Protecting Home and Family from Cyber-Crime

Cyber Crime - How Individuals and Their Personal Information Became Attack Target #1.

Like everything it touches, the Internet has successfully democratized cyber risk, and the theft of personal information has become the #1 motive for most all cyber attacks today.  This motive holds true across target size and industry sector and is independent of the final intent of the perpetrators.  Unlike IT security threats of just a few years ago, the target of attacks in modern cyber warfare is focused on individuals and their personal information including that of employees, customers, patients, vendors, and business associates.  This report examines how we got here, what the future holds, and provides context, framework, and suggested measures for organizations seeking answers to the emerging security challenges ahead.

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Topics: Privacy and Online Safety for Individuals, Protecting Home and Family from Cyber-Crime

Understanding "The Cloud" and What It Means to Your Digital Security

The planet's adoption of mobile computing is one of the most powerful and profound cultural, social and economic shifts in history. Smartphones, tablets, and pads have driven our use of online technology to include every aspect of our lives and are at the hub of almost everything we do. Our appetite for ubiquitous, rich access to information is driving massive amounts of data to "the cloud" at an unprecedented rate. That's your data, my data, our data. It's all the banking, shopping, browsing and the communication of our most personal and tender information, and it either resides in the Internet's clouds now, or it will soon. The implications for your digital security are serious and include identification theft, fraud, financial loss and personal safety.

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Topics: Privacy and Online Safety for Individuals

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