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Protect Yourself From COVID-19 Fraud

As COVID-19 continues to impact the U.S., there has also been an alarming increase in fraudulent activity related to the pandemic. As of June 2020, the FTC reported receiving more than 103,000 fraud complaints due to COVID-19, totaling $68.11 million in total fraud loss. To help you safeguard your money, we’ve highlighted five scams and how to avoid them:  Scam #1: Expedited Stimulus Checks The IRS began distributing economic impact stimulus checks on April 13 through direct deposit, on April 24 by mail, and they will continue distribution through September… Read More >

Aug. 13 2020 | Posted in Fraud & Security, Safety & Security

Fraud Alert: What You Need to Know

Criminals Take Advantage of Every Situation and Our Health Crisis is No Exception. Recently, the cybercriminal group, FIN7, known for targeting US businesses through phishing emails, deployed an additional tactic of mailing USB devices via the United States Postal Service (USPS). The mailed packages sometimes include items like teddy bears or gift cards to employees of target companies working in the Human Resources (HR), Information Technology (IT), or Executive Management (EM) roles. The enclosed USB device is a commercially available tool known as a “BadUSB” or “Bad Beetle USB” device…. Read More >

Protect Your Business from Cybersecurity Threats

Just because you own a small business doesn’t mean you’re immune to a cyberattack. No matter the size of your company, if you conduct any business online, you’re at risk of an attack. However, there are many things you can do to protect your business and customer data.   Train employees on security practices and policies. Your employees should know and understand your company’s Internet use guidelines, penalties for violating company cybersecurity policies, and how to handle and protect customer information and other vital data.   Keep your computers clean…. Read More >

Mar. 9 2020 | Posted in Business, Fraud & Security

Five Ways to Protect Your Business from Mobile Payment Fraud

Most people expect their mobile devices to do everything they need – from watching television and ordering food to making purchases online or in person. If your business accepts mobile payments in your store or online through an app or website, there are ways to reduce your chance of becoming a victim of mobile payment fraud. Use secure a Wi-Fi network. One of the most effective ways to keep your data safe from intrusion is to use a secure Wi-Fi network. And, if you encrypt your network, any information taken… Read More >

Feb. 11 2020 | Posted in Business, Fraud & Security

Three Tips to Keep Your Remote Employees Safe from Cyberattacks 

Smartphones, laptops and tablets are especially susceptible to cybercriminals and can endanger company security. Arm your staff with information on how they can keep online data safe from cybercriminals.  1. Public Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks Connecting to public Wi-Fi on company-owned devices when working remotely is hazardous to company security for several reasons. Public Wi-Fi Networks Public Wi-Fi networks are a common way hackers acquire information. These networks are usually not secure, making it easy for hackers to intercept data, log-in credentials and other sensitive information. Hackers also use unsecured Wi-Fi… Read More >

Oct. 9 2019 | Posted in Business, Fraud & Security

Security Tips To Keep Your Business Safe While It Grows

Small businesses are at an increased threat of having valuable information or property stolen as criminals are getting more sophisticated at breaking down larger and more complicated security systems. Here are four steps you can take to protect your small business.  1. Update and Upgrade Your Physical Security Measures.  Change the locks and bolts on your physical location. Invest in a fully monitored alarm system with a team who responds immediately. Install security cameras that can be monitored remotely. The same technology that allows you to check in on your… Read More >

Sep. 11 2019 | Posted in Business, Fraud & Security

Are You a Target for Identity Theft?

Did you know that your social media habits could put you at risk for identity theft? It’s essential to understand how to protect yourself and how to avoid catching a thief’s attention. Weak Passwords Is your password ‘password,’ your name, or something equally easy to guess? It’s time to change it up! Your passwords should be reasonably complicated with a mix of numbers, upper and lowercase letters, and special characters. Do you have one password or a few passwords that you use for everything? Danger! Using the same password across… Read More >

Protect Your Small Business Account

Corporate Account Takeover – Business Identity Theft – Commercial Account Fraud – these are all different terms that add up to the same thing: cyberthieves gaining control of a business’ finances by stealing employee passwords and other valid credentials and then using the information to steal customer information, transfer funds from the company, make unauthorized transactions, etc. Scary. So how do you protect your business, and in turn your customer’s information, from fraud? Make sure your online activities are secure: Never use unprotected internet connections. If your server warns you… Read More >

Jan. 29 2019 | Posted in Business, Fraud & Security