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Wednesday Wisdom! The threat from ransomware is so frightening and immediate, given the extensive coverage of last week's attack, that it is easy to forget about another technological threat -- identity theft.
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/what-consumers-need-to-know-about-identity-theft-051617.html


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Tuesday Tip! Cyberclutter on a messy computer or smartphone could put you at risk for identity theft, so consider them when you do your spring cleaning.
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Cyber-Spring-Cleaning-Can-Protect-Your-Identity-422409973.html
#ShredShopofMemphis #SecureShredding #HardDriveDestruction #FileStorage #Memphis

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Ransomware spiked from 2015 to 2016, and has become the fifth most common type of malware. The virus takes over computers and encrypts all their files unless victims pay up hefty sums. In 2016, one notorious ransomware demanded $28,730 from each victim. WannaCry has demanded $300 per computer, with the deadline looming on Friday. If you're a small business, you're stuck between a rock and a hard place once ransomware strikes. If you don't pay, all your records and transactions are lost, giving up crucial information your business needs to function. If you do pay, you're feeding a growing beast and encouraging more ransomware attacks in the future. That is, if you can even afford to pay.
https://www.cnet.com/news/wannacry-ransomware-real-victim-small-business-local-corner-store/


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Not all identity theft is committed by cyber criminals as this story illustrates. Remember to bring all of your paperwork containing personal information to us!
http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/overland-park-police-thieves-can-use-your-trash-to-steal-your-identity


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Many believe if they simply don't create an online account with their bank, their credit union etc., and then they won't be a victim of identity theft. Sad to say the opposite is true.
http://www.winknews.com/2017/05/08/not-signing-up-for-online-accounts-could-pose-bigger-security-risk/


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Wednesday Wisdom! The latest Ransomware attack should also be a wake-up call for individuals & businesses. Did you know that most ATM's still utilize Windows XP as their operating system?
http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/14/technology/microsoft-urgent-action-ransomware-cyberattack/


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Tuesday Tip! If you become an identity theft victim, you need to contact your local authorities. You’ll need evidence of the fraud, whether that be a bank statement or credit card statement. From there, what? The Federal Trade Commission has a website dedicated to your recovery plan. It gives you a course of action, when to take certain steps and how.
https://www.identitytheft.gov/


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Ransomware Alert* This attack is not only unprecedented in its scale but if you're still running Windows XP you are extremely at risk!
https://www.wired.com/2017/05/still-use-windows-xp-prepare-worst/


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This year alone the IRS has stopped 1.4 million confirmed identity tax returns totaling 8 Billion dollars. Are your W-2's being sold on the dark web?
http://abc30.com/finance/officials-say-thieves-stealing-taxes-info-and-selling-it-on-the-dark-web/1954624/


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Shred Shop of Memphis is determined to help Mid-South residents from becoming a victim of Identity Theft! Bring any paperwork that contains personal information to us for secure while you watch shredding. We're open from 8 AM to 5PM, Monday thru Friday. No appointment necessary!
http://shredshopofmemphis.com/drop_off.htm

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