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According to Security Boulevard, the #1 security vulnerability identified by IT managers is unpatched systems. Hackers target vulnerable systems.  There it is.  That is the big secret, which likely isn’t as shocking as one anticipated.  Why do hackers…

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Google has detected a family of Android malware, known as Tizi, that is able to steal sensitive data from popular social media apps such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, Telegram, Twitter, Viber, and WhatsApp. In a blog post, Google security engineers…

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Equifax revealed a giant cybersecurity breach compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans – almost half the country. Cybercriminals now have access to sensitive information, including names, social security numbers, birth…

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Recent reports by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post detail Kaspersky Lab’s connections to the Russian government. Software from Russian-based Kaspersky Lab has been used to steal sensitive and classified National…

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Timely News as October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) A report from Duo Security details a potentially systemic issue that leaves Mac computers susceptible to highly targeted and stealthy attacks. The report shows Mac users who have…

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The U.S. Government, Best Buy, and Office Depot All Suspend Business with the Software Giant Kaspersky could lose all its federal contracts within a few months, after the U.S. government issued a stern directive concerning the company’s possible…

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The Better Business Bureau is warning businesses about bogus emails claiming to be from the BBB. The Bureau says these emails are not coming from the BBB and are part of a widespread phishing attack. The BBB says they’ve received hundreds of inquires…

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Phishing is often a sophisticated email attempt to trick the recipient into first opening a fraudulent message and then revealing personal and financial information. A phishing email usually arrives disguised as an email from a legitimate company or known…

Sharing basic personal information on Facebook can give fraudsters all they need to steal your identity.


The bad guys don’t need to know much about you to steal your identity. A full name, date of birth and address are often enough for stealing an identity, draining bank accounts, taking out loans, making major purchases, applying for credit cards and on and on and on.

Recent YouGov research from Equifax in the United Kingdom has revealed that a high proportion of social media users risk identity theft by giving fraudsters easy access to personal information.

The survey found that almost 30 percent of adults with a social media account include their full name and date of birth on their profile pages, notes a blog post on ActionFraud.

Younger people are more likely to display this information.

The survey revealed that 48 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds divulge this information on social media sites compared to 28 percent of those between 35 and 44.

The Bad Guys Can Find Information Easily

Even if you don’t publicly show your age on your Facebook profile, fraudsters can still find it if your friends post birthday messages that mention your age. Once they have your date of birth, they can find out your phone number and where you live. The process is really quite easy.

The bad guys can fill in the missing pieces of information by using online directories, noted an article in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper. These directories hold huge quantities of information, from addresses, phone numbers and even a list of your past and present housemates.

ActionFraud quoted John Marsden, head of ID and fraud at Equifax UK: “People must act now to protect their finances for the long term. More adults in the UK are engaging with social media than ever before, especially on their smartphones, and a high number are readily sharing their personal information on these platforms.

Fraudsters get hold of this type of information so they can impersonate an individual, either by setting up accounts in their name or accessing existing accounts and stealing from them. The extent of damage can run to thousands of pounds worth of debt being racked up in your name. My advice to consumers is to be social savvy; avoid unnecessarily sharing personal details and risking your identity on platforms that can so easily be exploited. It’s always nice to receive well wishes on your birthday – but is it worth the risk?”

What Can You Do?

You should review your Facebook privacy settings and ensure you are not revealing too much. For detailed help, consider using some or all of this advice from Trusted Reviews.

When it comes to personal information, maybe a simple adage should be trusted: “When in doubt, leave it out!”

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8 Ways to Stay Safe, Even When You’re Away.

1. Relax, sure. But stay aware! The idea of a vacation is to take your mind off things, unwind and recharge your batteries but a vacationer’s laid-back demeanor is a magnet for thieves. While you’re soaking up the sun, they remain eager to exploit, looking to steal everything from phones and computers to data, identities, purses, wallets and anything else that hits their radar.

2. Be careful where you take your computer. It’s best to save your computer use for your hotel room, condo or apartment. Try to avoid bringing it to the beach, pool, bar or on any of your vacation excursions, where it will only be more likely for you to leave it behind or have it stolen right out from under your nose.

3. Stay protected with antivirus software. Make sure you have antivirus software installed on your devices. VIPRE combines powerful antivirus and anti-spyware technologies with other advanced security features, including: automated patching of vulnerable software programs on your devices, a firewall to stop malicious web traffic, an anti-spam filter, a bad website blocker and more … without slowing down your machine.

4. Install a VPN before you leave. Usually, when you’re away from home, you’ll access the Internet through hubs that aren’t very secure. That’s why it’s important to install a VPN before vacation starts. A VPN – or Virtual Private Network – enables you to communicate across a public network as if all of the devices are directly and securely connected privately.

The main advantage of a VPN is that it provides secure communications based on encryption. Consider a VPN as a secure tunnel between your device(s) and all others on a LAN or the Internet. There are a number of VPN apps available, and many come with free accounts that offer a certain amount of data usage.

5. Hotel rooms are not that safe. It’s much easier to break into a hotel room than most people realize. With that in mind, don’t take any bank account numbers or personal information with you. If you absolutely must, never leave that kind of information unattended in your hotel room.

6. Don’t let mail and newspapers pile up while you’re away. That’s a clear tip-off to a thief that, more than likely, no one is at home. Ask a friend or neighbor to pick up your mail and newspaper every day. You can also have your mail and newspapers put on hold pretty easily.

7. Reduce the contents of your wallet or purse. Take just one credit card, preferably one with an embedded chip, and leave the rest at home in a safe place. Never travel with your social security card or other personal or confidential information.

8. Beware of credit card skimming. This is a common problem for travelers still using cards with magnetic strips. At places like hotels, restaurants, shops and transportation desks, you should never let anyone turn away from you with your card. If you do, the person can clone it within seconds. Your best option: take a card with an embedded chip, if at all possible.
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