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Searching for a Facebook Customer Service Number? Don't.

Last updated: Fabruary 14, 2017

Have you ever searched for a customer service number online? NPR's All Tech Considered while working on a story decided to search for Facebook Customer Service. Prominently displayed at the top of the Google search results was a phone number. That number will get you a person but not from Facebook.

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It's Tax Time Again. These Tips Can Help.

Last updated: January 10, 2017

Tax season. For many people those words mean it's time to complete an unpopular task. So whether you like to get this chore done as soon as possible or wait until the last minute, here are some tips, reminders, and other information to help you prepare your taxes.

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Another Yahoo! Data Breach. Over a Billion Users Affected.

Last updated: December 15, 2016

Yahoo announced on December 14, 2016, that a major data breach occurred in 2013 which affected over 1 billion accounts. This breach is larger and is a different breach than the 2014 breach that Yahoo announced in September 2016.

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Over 1 Million Android Devices Infected by Malware

Last updated: December 1, 2016

Over 1 million Android devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software. This malware attack campaign, named Gooligan, is affecting over 13,000 devices a day. Devices are typically infected by downloading various apps from third-party app stores instead of the approved Google Play store. Devices may also be infected when a user taps on malicious links in phishing messages.

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It's Holiday Time. Don't Let Your Guard Down

Last updated: December 1, 2016

It's holiday time and for most people, their security and privacy are not foremost in their thoughts. Yet many hazards and threats are more prevalent during this season of the year. Shopping safely locally and online and safety around the home are important. Here are some tips and resources to help keep you and your family safe and your sensitive information secure.

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With the Holiday Shopping Season Upon Us, Beware of Fake Apps

Last updated: November 8, 2016

With more and more people using mobile devices for shopping, scammers have turned to apps to target consumers. Fake retail and product apps have been around for some time but are now becoming more widespread.

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What You Should Know About the Internet of Things & DDoS Attacks

Last updated: October 25, 2016

On October 21st, many people had trouble accessing dozens of popular websites and services as a result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that targeted Dyn, a major Domain Name System (DNS) hosting service. In this news brief we'll address what DDoS attacks may mean to you and what you should do.

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Don't Get Caught by These Phone Scams!

Last updated: October 17, 2016

There is a new scam that is sending people fake tax forms related to the Affordable Care Act. It may come by email or by mail and indicates that the recipient underreported their 2014 income as it relates to Affordable Care Act coverage and they owe additional taxes. It includes a fake CP2000 notice for tax year 2015.

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What Everyone Should Do as a Result of the Yahoo Breach

Last updated: October 3, 2016

Yahoo announced on September 22, that user account information associated with at least 500 million accounts was stolen in late 2014.

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Facebook User? Be Alert for These Scams

Last updated: September 20, 2016

With millions of daily users, Facebook has become an effective way for scammers to find victims. There are many scams and variations. Most are after your personal information either through phishing or malware. Some disappear for a while but return, sometimes with a new twist.

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Medical ID Theft: What Do You Need to Know?

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Medical identity theft is a fast growing type of identity theft. It is the use of your name and/or your health insurance information, including your social security number and address, to steal medical services.

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Should You Be Worried About Ransomware?

Last updated: August 1, 2016

Recently, there has been an increase in businesses and individuals reporting that they have been affected by ransomware.

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What Should You Look For in a Privacy Policy?

Last updated: June 25, 2016

When was the last time you looked at a website's privacy policy? Typically, most people don't look at privacy policies unless forced. Some sites, when they've updated their privacy policy, don't allow users to view the site until they indicate they have seen the policy.

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Heard About the LinkedIn Breach? Here's What You Need to Do

Last updated: May 25, 2016

A data breach at LinkedIn has recently been in the news. What makes this news different is that the breach originally occurred in 2012. It's back in the news because the information stolen was recently found being sold on the Internet. And the amount of data stolen was larger than originally thought

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Spring Cleaning? Don't Forget Your Digital Home

For many people, the arrival of spring means a thorough cleaning of their home. Spring cleaning is also a good way to get your digital home in order too. With all of the personal information that our digital devices have on them, it is important to make sure that they are clean, protected, and secure.

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Scams That Frequently Target Women

I encountered my first online scam as an undergrad. I was looking for a roommate and received an inquiry via a popular online forum that seemed legitimate. A few conversations later the prospective renter asked me to deposit a check for them. I found out from a friend that this was a scam people were using to obtain a person's account information.

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Coming Soon to an ATM Near You? No Card Required?

Last updated: April 2, 2016

ATM skimming continues to be problem for financial institutions. Skimming is the stealing of account data from ATM, debit, and credit cards usually by inserting a device in the card slot on ATMs, self-service gas pumps, and other card readers. PINs can also be stolen by hidden cameras. Some estimates place the loss to the global banking industry at around $2 billion in 2015.

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Have You Checked Your Privacy Settings Recently?

Last updated: February 12, 2016

Are you concerned about protecting your privacy online? If so, when was the last time you checked the privacy settings for each app, website, and device that you use? Using the privacy and security settings can help protect your personal and financial information and reduce online tracking.

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Do Fitness Apps and Devices Protect Your Health Information?

Last updated: January 12, 2016

A new year brings all sorts of ads saying the advertised service will enable you to file your income taxes online for free. Before you head to a particular site, remember these two things:

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New Steps Announced to Combat Tax-Related Identity Theft & Fraud

Last updated: December 20, 2015

Even though tax fraud has been around for years, it's becoming a bigger problem. Identity thieves are becoming more sophisticated and can use stolen personal and financial information to claim tax refunds.

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Do Fitness Apps and Devices Protect Your Health Information?

Last updated: November 19, 2015

Do you have a wearable health or fitness tracker? Do you use health or fitness apps? Are you giving someone a fitness tracker or other gadget this holiday season? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on.

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Don't Get Caught by These Phone Scams!

Last updated: November 4, 2015

We lead busy lives. In the hustle and bustle of each day, we use our phones to keep in touch with family and friends, make appointments, gather information, and much more. Scammers hope to take advantage of this to steal our money and/or identity. Here are just a few of the many phone scams to watch for.

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What You Need to Know About the VW Clean Air Act Violations

Last updated: September 19, 2015

On September 18th, the EPA issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen. It alleges and VW has admitted that software installed in certain vehicles circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. Vehicles involved include four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars, model years 2009-2015.

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Do You Know How Your Auto Insurance Rate is Determined?

Last updated: September 15, 2015

Many consumers believe that their driving record is one of the primary factors used to determine the premium for their auto insurance. Unfortunately, that is not true for many people. Consumer Reports conducted a two-year investigation, in which they analyzed more than two-billion car insurance price quotes from more than 700 companies in all general U.S. ZIP codes.

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