Welcome to your December Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. It is hard to believe that the decade is almost over!
But for now, let’s cover the cybersecurity happenings this month, including:

  • Your smartphone is the key to your digital life
  • An internet-connected doorbell putting your home network at risk
  • Why Google may have collected your healthcare data
  • How to stay safe during the online holiday shopping season
  • And more

Your smartphone is the key to your digital life

Take a moment and think about the last five things you used your smartphone for. Chances are, not all those actions were phone calls. Our phones have transformed into mini-computers holding our digital lives that we carry around constantly.
And while technology has made life easier, it also puts us more at risk. If your phone is hacked, so much of your life is accessible—your text messages, your contacts, your photos, your banking app, your calendar, your work email… Read More

Welcome to your November Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. It is hard to believe that Fall is well underway.
But for now, let’s cover the cybersecurity happenings this month, including:

  • Majority of Americans fail digital knowledge quiz
  • A student loan scam making the rounds
  • How airlines are getting more cyber secure
  • Why you may get a check from LifeLock
  • And more

Majority of Americans fail digital knowledge quiz

Nearly three-fourths of U.S. adults cannot identify an example of two-factor authentication, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Of the ten-question poll, the median number of correct answers was four while only 20% got seven or more questions right.
While cybersecurity seems to be in the news regularly, it is apparent that most Americans are still unsure about best practices for protecting their data and identity from hacks and breaches. For example, more than half of those surveyed did not know that a URL beginning with “https://” indicated that information shared with the site was encrypted. The majority of respondents also did not know that private browsing mode only prevents… Read More

Welcome to your August Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. It is hard to believe that summer is coming to an end.
But for now, let’s cover the cybersecurity happenings this month, including:

  • A ranking of the wireless routers on the market
  • Why iPhone users need to update their devices immediately
  • Why your office printer could be putting your cybersecurity at risk
  • And much more

How to be cyber-secure when buying real estate

Imagine going through the long, stressful process of selling your home and finally celebrating when the house is sold and your mortgage has been paid off–only to find out that the money is missing. That is what happened to the Masucci family of Glen Ridge, NJ as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
After owning their home for 30 years, the couple sold it for $840,000. On the day of the closing, the title company wired $180,000 to pay off the mortgage per the lawyer’s instructions. A few weeks later, however, the Masuccis were told that their mortgage payment had not been received. They soon learned that… Read More

Welcome to your May Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. A lot happened in the cyber security world this month. Read on to learn more about:

  • Why Microsoft users need to update their devices immediately
  • A scam targeting businesses that has nearly doubled in the last year
  • Why hospitals are growing more concerned about connected devices
  • And much more

”Wormable” Microsoft Flaw: What you need to do

Microsoft has announced a major security flaw in its Windows software that rivals the WannaCry worm that infected thousands of devices in 2017. Microsoft warns that this vulnerability is especially dangerous because it requires no user interaction. In other words, once one device is infected it can quickly spread to another vulnerable computer on its own.

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Welcome to your April Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. As always, we saw many cybersecurity happenings this month including breaches at Microsoft, Toyota and Facebook. Read on to learn more about those as well as:

  • Why you need to update your Verizon Fios router now
  • A new Social Security scam making the rounds
  • How Android users can boost their password security
  • And much more

Why you need to update your Verizon Fios router now

Verizon Fios routers are susceptible to being hacked, according to security company Tenable. The company discovered that new Verizon Fios Quantum Gateway routers were being distributed with a flaw that could allow hackers to take control of an entire wireless network and all the connected devices.

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Welcome to your March 2019 Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. It is important to think of your cybersecurity plan from a tactical standpoint as well. What can you do at home and in your business to be more secure? Perhaps you should review the Savvy Cybersecurity Quick Reference Guide or the Business Protection Checklist and pick three actions you’d like to do in the next 90 days.
Let us know what you decide to do!
Read on to learn more about cybersecurity happenings this month including:

  • The Apple FaceTime flaw
  • Why you need to check your credit status at Equifax
  • An alert for nest users
  • And much more

What you need to know about the Apple FaceTime flaw

A 14-year-old discovered a major flaw in Apple’s video chat software last month. Grant Thompson went to FaceTime his friend and discovered that he could eavesdrop on his friend’s call before he even answered. The flaw was a part of the newer feature; Group FaceTime which allows multiple Apple users to video conference at one time.

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Welcome to the latest Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. This month, as always, brought a wave of cybersecurity news. Read on to learn more about:

  • How your retirement accounts are at risk
  • A new sophisticated mail scam
  • Holiday frauds to be on the lookout for
  • And much more

Your retirement account: the latest goldmine for scammers

Steven Voss, a Utah-based CSX engineer was nearing retirement and decided to check on his 401(k) account. He was shocked when he logged in and his account balance was zero, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Voss had moved most of his money out of the Prudential Financial account a few months earlier but left about $50,000 in there.
According to reports, a scammer called Prudential Financial and pretended to be Voss. He provided his name, address, date of birth, and Social Security number and was able to cash out the 401(k). Prudential Financial had planned on sending the check to Voss’s home address but the caller asked that it be delivered to a UPS store instead.
Luckily, Voss discovered the missing money before the thieves picked up the check and…

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Welcome to the Fall 2018 Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. We hope that you were able to do something cybersecurity-related for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Read on to learn more about:

  • The latest Facebook hack
  • Are Chinese microchips spying on us?
  • How hackers are targeting your direct deposit
  • And much more

The latest Facebook hack: What you need to know and do

Thirty million Facebook users may have been affected by a recent hack of the social media platform, according to the company. Late last month, Facebook discovered a security vulnerability that they then believed to affect 50 million accounts. In fact, you may have been one of 90 million people who were forced to log back into their account and were notified of the security issue via Facebook notification.
What exactly happened?
Facebook engineers discovered a security vulnerability in the “View As” feature of the social media platform. This tool allows users to see how their Facebook profile appears to friends and non-friends on the website. It has been a very helpful tool in allowing users to understand their security settings.

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The difference between downsizing and rightsizing is not just linguistics and semantics, the difference really is that downsizing is more reactive, and rightsizing indicates a proactive approach to organizing your lifestyle and finances when you retire or when your children leave home to start their adult lives.

Rightsizing is a concept and phrase that companies coined in the 1990’s when they were reducing the number of employees in their workforce through careful planning and organizing of tasks, skills, and outcomes. When it comes to planning for your empty-nest, a proactive approach to transitioning from a home you’ve lived in for years and considering what is included in the rightsizing approach can help facilitate a positive outcome for the long term, both emotionally and financially.

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  • What you need to know about tax identity theft this tax season

  • Emerging threats

  • Cybersecurity shorts

  • Software updates

Welcome to your March 2018 Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. As we enter tax season, it’s important to be aware of the tax identity-theft scams targeting the public this year. We’ll cover that more in-depth in this newsletter as well as:

  • How the Equifax breach was worse than originally reported
  • A new threat to your MySSA.gov account
  • What your Smart TV knows about you
  • And much more

But first, let’s cover the biggest threat this month: tax identity theft.

What you need to know about tax identity theft this tax season

Tax identity theft has been a massive threat for years. Recently, however, the IRS has made progress on catching fraudulent tax returns before money is paid out. Last year, the IRS stopped $4 billion in fraudulent tax returns. This year, it may be a different story.

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