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Who loves tax season besides accountants? Hackers

Who loves tax season besides accountants? Hackers  It’s tax time in the United States, and even if you’re pretty sure you did everything right, you’re worried. Did I file correctly? Did I claim the right deductions? Will I get audited? Unfortunately, tax season brings out scammers eager to take advantage ...

Consumer Threat Notices

How to Spot, and Prevent, the Tax Scams That Target Elders

How to Spot, and Prevent, the Tax Scams That Target Elders Elder scams cost seniors in the U.S. some $3 billion annually. And tax season adds a healthy sum to that appalling figure. What makes seniors such a prime target for tax scams? The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) states ...

Consumer

Why it’s Best to Stick to Sharing Chocolates and Flowers this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us – and as couples and singletons alike gear up for a day that’s traditionally all about sharing, when it comes to our digital identities, might we be sharing too much, and how can we protect ourselves? With data showing that past, present and possibly ...

Consumer

Lets Have “The Talk” About the Internet: 7 Conversation-Starters for Staying Safer Online

It’s Time to Have “The Talk” About the Internet: 7 Conversation-Starters for Staying Much Safer Online With Safer Internet Day upon us, it’s time to have “The Talk.” The internet talk, that is. What’s the internet talk? It’s a candid conversation about how safe we’re really being when we go ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Affected by a Data Breach? Here Are Security Steps You Should Take

Affected by a Data Breach? Here Are Security Steps You Should Take We share personal information with companies for multiple reasons: to pay for takeout at our favorite restaurant, to check into a hotel, or to collect rewards at the local coffee shop.  While using a credit card is convenient, ...

Family Safety

10 Easy Ways to Build Up Your Family’s Online Security

10 Easy Ways to Build Up Your Family’s Online Security The events of 2020 didn’t just set significant lifestyle changes in motion. According to a recent study, it also influenced our mindset about our online security. McAfee’s 2021 Consumer Security Mindset Report highlights our collective shift to a Digital-First mindset and the ...

Consumer

Take It Personally: Ten Tips for Protecting Your Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Take It Personally: Ten Tips for Protecting Your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Seems like we always have a connected device somewhere within arm’s reach, whether it’s a smartphone, laptop, tablet, a wearable, or some combination of them all. In a way, we bring the internet along with us nearly wherever ...

Consumer

The Connected Lives of Babies: Protecting Their First Footprints in the Digital World

The Connected Lives of Babies: Protecting Their First Footprints in the Digital World A baby can leave their first internet footprints even before they’re born. The fact is that children start creating an identity online before they even put a little pinky on a device, let alone come home for ...

Consumer

The Connected Lives of Babies: Protecting First Footprints in the Digital World, Part Two

  The Connected Lives of Babies: Protecting Their First Footprints in the Digital World, Part Two Picture an infant with a credit card. In her name. With a $10,000 limit. Well, it happens. As recent as 2017, it was estimated that more than 1 million children in the U.S. were ...

Consumer Threat Notices

70,000 Phishing Emails Sent Impersonating the IRS: How to Stay Protected

70,000 Phishing Emails Sent Impersonating the IRS: How to Stay Protected  You wake up, log in to your Outlook, and find an email waiting in your inbox from support@irs.gov. Much to your confusion, the email claims that you have an outstanding account balance that you must pay immediately, or you will ...

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