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Category Archives: Cybersecurity

Hacked: What To Do If You Are The Victim Of A Data Breach? Posted on Jul 30

Hacked: What To Do If You Are The Victim Of A Data Breach?

  In 2018 over 440,000 Massachusetts residents were impacted by data breaches. This month Equifax reached a $700 million settlement as a result of a 2017 large-scale data breach. Yesterday, Capital One announced a major data breach affecting over 100 million consumers. If you have   …Continue Reading Hacked: What To Do If You Are The Victim Of A Data Breach?

Protect your child’s identity and future: What you need to know about Child ID Theft Posted on Jan 30

Protect your child’s identity and future: What you need to know about Child ID Theft

  Many of us have experienced that moment of panic upon learning that our personal or financial information has been compromised. Will the thieves use my financial information and drain my accounts? Will they use my identity to open new accounts and ruin my credit?   …Continue Reading Protect your child’s identity and future: What you need to know about Child ID Theft

Marriott’s Starwood Hotels Have Suffered a Major Data Breach Posted on Dec 3

  Over 500 million people may have been impacted by a data breach affecting the Marriott’s Starwood hotels guest reservation system. Marriott International, which owns the former Starwood brand hotels, says that in early September, an alert from a security tool provided notification that an   …Continue Reading Marriott’s Starwood Hotels Have Suffered a Major Data Breach

LinkedIn Scams Posted on Jun 6

LinkedIn Scams

Almost 470 million members share their personal information and professional details on LinkedIn to market themselves to potential employers. That‘s why it’s important to keep an eye out for suspicious people reaching out to you, as scammers use the service to target unsuspecting job seekers. Scammers   …Continue Reading LinkedIn Scams

Google Phishing Scam Posted on May 8

Google Phishing Scam

  The unusual worm that landed in the mailboxes of Google’s Gmail users last week was a sophisticated identity phishing scam that quickly spread to various other contacts. Scammers were able to get users to open a malicious link using one the oldest tricks in   …Continue Reading Google Phishing Scam

“You’ve Got Mail-Scams” Posted on May 5

“You’ve Got Mail-Scams”

  As of February, Verizon discontinued providing Verizon.Net email service. The company partnered with AOL and gave their customers 30 days to choose one of three options: switch over to AOL, transfer their email to a different provider (such as Gmail or Hotmail) or do   …Continue Reading “You’ve Got Mail-Scams”

PayPal Phishing Scam Posted on May 3

PayPal Phishing Scam

  The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is warning consumers of a new PayPal phishing scam. Fraudsters are sending out convincing, sophisticated e-mails which feature the PayPal logo and fine print at the bottom to further the appearance of being legitimate. The message   …Continue Reading PayPal Phishing Scam

Internet Privacy Posted on Apr 28

Internet Privacy

  Legislation recently signed by the President repeals rules created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would have required internet service providers (ISPs), such as Comcast, Charter, and Verizon, to receive permission before collecting your data. Proponents of the bill say the FCC’s definition   …Continue Reading Internet Privacy