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The Scams Of The 2017 Tax Season

Adam Levin | Posted 02.09.2017 | Crime
Adam Levin

In the early '60s, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hit a remarkable number of home runs including a famous back-to-back four bagger, which according to ...

How To Scam-Proof Your Taxes

Adam Levin | Posted 01.05.2017 | Crime
Adam Levin

Happy New Year, it’s tax fraud season again! This may not be what you want to hear this week, but it is entirely possible the Internal Revenue Servi...

The Surefire Trick To Avoiding Holiday Phishing Scams

Adam Levin | Posted 12.15.2016 | Business
Adam Levin

Every year I dedicate a column to the scams of the holiday season, and every year the roundup gets bounced around the internet -- all too often among friends who've been scammed.

How To Tell If You've Been Hacked (And What To Do About It)

Adam Levin | Posted 09.22.2016 | Crime
Adam Levin

Digital hygiene isn't much different from any other kind, but in the same way parents pass on common sense advice to wash your hands frequently during cold and flu season, it's crucial to learn about your various exposures and how to spot trouble when it happens.

Why College Freshmen Are Chum For The Cyber Sharks

Adam Levin | Posted 09.08.2016 | College
Adam Levin

If it is new to you, you might just hesitate and wonder what's the catch. For your kids -- digital natives that they are -- nothing new is suspect. It's expected.

Gone Phishing? How To Talk to Your Kids About Malware

Adam Levin | Posted 08.10.2016 | Parents
Adam Levin

Phishing attacks succeed or fail depending on a number of factors, but the main one is the target's distraction level. Kids are not always the most mindful among us. This makes them targets for phishing scams.

5 Recent Phishing Lures That Could Snag You

Adam Levin | Posted 07.16.2016 | Technology
Adam Levin

In its simplest form, phishing is the practice of sending a link via email or text or embedding a link on a website that, when clicked, downloads malware onto the user's device as well as any other devices that are connected to the same network. From there, any number of things can happen.

Online Users Are Not Protecting Their Own Security

Eli Schwartz | Posted 03.11.2016 | Technology
Eli Schwartz

Every few months it seems that there's a large scale cyber hack that makes the headlines and sends people into a panic about their online security. As...

Why 2016 Will Be an Even Scarier Year for Internet Security

Rami Essaid | Posted 01.26.2017 | Technology
Rami Essaid

The holiday decorations had barely been returned to the attic when 2016 already saw its first high-profile cyber attack. Time Warner Cable said on Jan...

Why You Aren't the Only One Who Knows the Answers to Your Security Questions

Adam Levin | Posted 01.07.2017 | Technology
Adam Levin

If you're protecting important personal accounts with nothing more than a few security questions, it may be time for an upgrade.

Cybercrime Costs Us $500 Billion Every Year -- How Not to Get Phished Before the Holidays!

Ian Khan | Posted 11.25.2016 | Technology
Ian Khan

$500 Billion is the estimated cost of cybercrime as of 2015 based on various reports. How does that affect business and what fears and opportunities that it present for tomorrow? Let's take a different perspective.

Of Fools and Free Markets

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.29.2016 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Today, a tweet, a post, or a blog is enough to alert millions in seconds of a dreadful restaurant, an unsafe toy, or a polluting car company. We can share our market experiences in real time. This narrows the space for phishing.

What to do if Someone Files a False Tax Return in Your Name

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.09.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Few things cause more concern than a letter in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Though the agency sends out letters or notices for many reasons, identity theft is one of the fastest-growing issues for the IRS.

Viruses, Hacking and Hoaxes: The Unfortunately Unethical Side of the Internet

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Unethical abuse of communication is not new. The rabbinic scholar, Rabbeinu Gershom, lived a thousand years ago and was considered one of the earliest and greatest scholars of the Ashkenazi Jewish community.

Colleague or Criminal? The Sneaky New Cyberthreat You Face at Work

Adam Levin | Posted 02.04.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

The latest greatest swindlers in the cybercrime racket know you're onto their digital three-card monte, and they've made a few adjustments, putting yet another wrinkle in the corporate-hacking game by targeting top-level employees for major profits.

Google Study Finds Email Scams Are More Effective Than You'd Expect

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 11.07.2014 | Technology

You know those weird emails that try to trick you into handing over your information? Turns out they work way better than you'd expect, according to a...

The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

Adam Levin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Given the length of the infiltration and the fact that not one of the 83 million accounts affected got drained, it seems unlikely that theft of funds was the immediate goal of the breach. The more likely scenario is that we are watching a multi-layered crime unfold in real time.

Ben Walsh

Chase Bank Refuses To Admit How Many People Were Actually Hacked

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business

JPMorgan Chase is refusing to say how many individuals had their personal information stolen by hackers in the recent massive security breach. But tha...

5 Reasons Not to Look for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

Adam Levin | Posted 11.03.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

If you are not particularly worried about being high-minded here, there is another consideration, which is, by looking at the pictures, you are giving criminals a purpose for their act (at least with a degree or so of separation) and causing someone distress. Is it really worth it?

Where Small Business Security Stands Today - A 2014 Survey

Joe Ross | Posted 08.31.2014 | Small Business
Joe Ross

Small business (SMB) cyber security is a hot topic for us. On a weekly basis, we at CSID see many SMBs dealing with the aftereffects of getting breached and losing sensitive information.

Heartbleed: Why Changing Your Passwords Isn't Enough

Adam Levin | Posted 06.14.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Since many websites ask you (or even require you) to use your email address as a username, that information is also vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. Welcome to the beginning of phishing season.

There's A New Scam To Steal Your Gmail Info, And It's Hard To Catch

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology

Warning: If you receive an email with the subject "Documents," and it directs you to a webpage that looks like a Google Drive sign-in page, do not ent...

The Dearly Departed Now Lie in Your Spam Folder

Greg Schwem | Posted 05.05.2014 | Technology
Greg Schwem

My Facebook pal Jeannie received the email several weeks ago. A close friend passed away and the service was taking place the following day. Jeannie thought about sending a sympathy card or paying her respects in person. There was just one small problem. "I wish I knew who I lost," she messaged me.

This Scam On Netflix Is A Doozy

The Huffington Post | Taylor Casti | Posted 04.17.2014 | Technology

A new phishing scam targeting Netflix subscribers preys on our blind trust of customer service representatives when it comes to our personal informati...

Don't Fall for Valentine's Day Scams

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

Valentine's Day brings out the best -- and worst -- in human behavior. Our impulse is to be generous and search for the ideal gift. Internet thieves know this and coolly set traps for unsuspecting shoppers. Here are some of the more common Valentine's Day scams to avoid.