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from the NTSC Cybersecurity Team
Keeping you safer as you work online

Cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs says a company that had access the credit bureau Experian’s data accidentally made public credit scores and other sensitive financial information about millions of Americans.

 

Experian as well as Equifax and TransUnion collect financial information about individuals and sell the data to lenders. 90% of lenders use this information to decide whether to make mortgages, car loans, credit cards and other debts to consumers based on their credit scores.

 

With this latest leak, you may want to protect yourself from scammers by freezing your credit at all three major credit reporting agencies. Click the image to download a PDF about how to do it, plus the pros and cons of freezing your credit.

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to download and print this PDF

about how to freeze your credit. 

With a recent breach related to credit bureau Experian,

now is a good time to consider

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> Scammers are placing as many as 150 million robocalls each month, claiming to be from Amazon and alerting customers to “suspicious” charges on their Amazon accounts. Recipients are told to “press one to be connected with a representative” to remove the charges, and then instructed to provide their bank account information to issue the credit. YouMail says recipients should just hang up.

 

> More ransomware: in recent days, insurance company CNA paid $40 million dollars to thieves to regain access after being locked out of the files on its computer network. 

 

Half of all online shoppers claim they would refuse to share personal information with online stores regardless of the discount they receive in exchange, according to a new survey from Upwave. Well, it turns out iPhone users are even more protective than that. 96% are saying no to apps like Facebook that ask users for permission to track their browsing habits.

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This twice-monthly employee cybersecurity newsletter from Aware Force is available to members of NTSC completely branded for your organization,  

Each edition includes a mix of snackable videos, quizzes, phishing exercises, cyber news and more. Contact cutrisk@awareforce.com for more information. 

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“I have a WiFi extender. Do I need a VPN as well?”

The two technologies serve different purposes. Extenders improve the range of your home Wi-Fi so, for example, you can get a good signal at the other end of your house from where the Wi-Fi transmitter is located. VPNs are software that run on your computer to hide and protect what you’re doing online from prying eyes.

“My router is at least 8 years old. Should I upgrade and if so, where can I go for trusted, safe information about which new router to purchase?”

Yes, it would be a good idea. Routers, like all technologies, get better over time.

 

> If you’re renting a router from an internet provider like a cable company, contact them about upgrading the router to the latest model.

> If you own your router, consider buying a new one. You can find reviews at Cnet.com, ZDNet.com, PCMag.com, Consumer Reports, and other reputable websites.

 

> When you set up a new router, review the manual about how to update it to run the latest software. Then, change the password it comes with to something that's lengthy and hard to guess. And finally, give your home's Wi-Fi network a name that doesn't identify your name or address,

 

> Remember, you’ll need to connect all the wireless devices in your house to the new router, but that will be time well spent!

“My internet download speed today is 150 Mbps. If I sign up for a VPN, will that slow me down? If so, by how much?”

Good question. VPNs can indeed slow down your connection, particularly when uploading data such as a Zoom call. Use websites like those listed above to compare the speeds and prices of VPN brands.

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Aware Force Cybersecurity News • June 2021 a • Edition #121

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